Industry Expert Lectures in Finance

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
07 July 2023


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Module description

This module is taught exclusively by leading industry experts. Over the term, ten experts will each present a lecture which gives students a unique opportunity to appreciate the latest developments and issues faced by leading practitioners in the areas of quantitative finance and risk management. The contents of the lectures are detailed and rigorous; moreover, some lectures may require hands on laboratory sessions.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To give students cutting-edge knowledge and appreciation of the current issues facing the international finance industry.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. To demonstrate a greater understanding of key financial industry work roles and tasks.

  2. To demonstrate knowledge of important finance industry sectors.

  3. To demonstrate cutting-edge knowledge of key industry topics and subjects.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

Analysis & Problem-Solving

  1. To comprehend large amounts of information and form and defend independent conclusions.

Project Management & Organization

  1. Manage a project or projects from beginning to end.

  2. Identify goals and/or tasks to be accomplished and a realistic timeline for

Self-Management & Work Habits

  1. Work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines.

  2. Comprehend new material and subject matter quickly.

  3. Work effectively with limited supervision.

Written & Oral Communication

  1. Prepare concise and logically-written materials.

  2. Debate issues in a collegial manner and participate in group discussions.

  3. Use logical argument to persuade others.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One lecture per week by an industry expert.

Discussion is encouraged during the lecture and teaching staff are available during weekly office hours for any questions.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   5 executive summaries of 5 lectures    30% 
Coursework   3,000 words assignment     70% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Neil Kellard, email:
Professor Neil Kellard



External examiner

Dr Nikolaos Voukelatos
University of Kent
Senior Lecturer in Finance
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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