Risk Management in Financial Institutions


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module explores and describes the major risks faced by Financial Institutions. Risk management is at the heart of many critical Financial Institutions' decisions, and the effective management of risks is central to a Financial Institution's performance. It can be argued that the main business of Financial Institutions is to manage the risk of credit, liquidity, interest rate, foreign exchange, operations, and insolvency, among others. As a result, managers at financial institutions must dedicate a significant amount of time to understanding and managing the various risks to which their Financial Institutions are exposed.

During the module, students will go through the steps of computing Value-at-Risk, will learn about volatility modelling, back-testing, and historical simulation techniques, will make use of derivatives to hedge risk and will develop hedging strategies in excel. By the end of the module, students will understand the variety and complexity of the risks that managers of modern Financial Institutions face.

Learning objectives


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary knowledge on:

  • the role of risk management in different financial institutions.
  • the types of risks incurred by Financial Institutions and methods of identification, analysis and response to risk factors.
  • understanding of how the various risks faced by financial institutions are related.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary skills in:

  • constructing hedge positions with financial instruments based on different risk measures.
  • applying and analysing Value-at-Risk concepts and different risk-related measures.
  • calculating and analysing Value-at-Risk measures for portfolios of stocks and financial derivatives with historical simulations.


The objective is that the student after the module possesses the necessary competences in:

  • developing hedge strategies in excel and making use of integrated software solutions for problem-solving.
  • computing Value-at-Risk and making use of derivatives to hedge risk.
  • analysing risk management problems created by different sources of risk.

Type of instruction

For information see ┬ž 17.



Name of examRisk Management in Financial Institutions
Type of exam
Written exam
Individual examination.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleRisikostyring i finansielle institutioner
Module codeKAFIN202219
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Economics and Business Administration
DepartmentAalborg University Business School
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities