MAT9770 – Stochastic Modelling in Energy and Commodity Markets

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to dynamic stochastic models for prices in commodity and energy markets. Classical factor models based on Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes are analyzed, and extended to so-called continuous-time autoregressive processes with a moving average. The stochastic processes are driven by Brownian motion and simple jump processes to model sudden price changes (spikes), which are characteristic for some energy markets (for example, power). In the course we also look at dynamic modelling of temperature, wind and sun, and analyze these in the context of energy markets, but also the independent markets for weather products. Particular case here is the seasonal variations. Further pricing techniques for forward contracts on commodity and energy are developed, in addition to relevant derivatives as "spread" and quanto options. The theory on pricing measures and risk premium is presented, and the term structure of volatility analyzed (the so-called Samuelson effect).

The course will focus on making the models and analysis operational in practical applications. Techniques for estimation and calibration are presented, in addition to methods for numerical simulation.

    Learning outcome

    After completing the course you will:

    • know and understand the classical stochastic models for commodity and energy markets
    • know how to establish forward prices based on factor models in the spot market
    • know how to estimate and simulate the models, and apply these in different markets, like the market for weather derivatives
    • understand important notions as pricing measure, market price of risk and the risk premium
    • know how to analyze and price important derivatives in commodity and energy markets
    • be able to present, on a scientific level, a short thesis on a chosen topic of relevance, selected in collaboration with the lecturer.

    Admission to the course

    PhD candidates from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

    If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

    PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

    Overlapping courses


    4 hours of lectures/exercises every week throughout the semester.

    The course may be taught in Norwegian if the lecturer and all students at the first lecture agree to it.


    Final written exam or final oral exam, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

    The form of examination will be announced by the lecturer by 15 October/15 March for the autumn semester and the spring semester respectively.

    This course has 1 mandatory assignment that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

    In addition, each PhD candidate is expected to give an oral presentation on a topic of relevance chosen in cooperation with the lecturer. The presentation has to be approved by the lecturer before you can sit the final exam.

    It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MAT4770 – Stochastic Modelling in Energy and Commodity Markets

    Examination support material

    No examination support material is allowed.

    Language of examination

    Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

    Grading scale

    Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

    Resit an examination

    This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

    Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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    Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 29, 2022 5:22:27 AM

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