Behavioural Finance

Module code: ACFI 5044

Module description

Behavioural Finance offers alternative explanations on the key questions of why prices tend to deviate from their fundamental values and why certain anomalies persist in the market.

Research in behavioural finance focuses on the application of various psychological theories to the study of finance. Their aims include the development of models to predict stock prices, better understanding of markets, and better regulation.

By studying this module, students will be exposed to the following topics:

  • The history of financial crises, including the role of credit
  • Limitations of modern finance
  • Stock market anomalies
  • Foundations of behavioural finance
  • Bubbles, herding and momentum
  • Over and under reaction
  • Behavioural explanations for anomalies
  • Behavioural corporate finance and decision-making

Contact hours per student per year

  • Seminars: 36 hours


  • Individual assignment: 50%
  • Group assignment: 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books