Practical Financial Optimization

Practical Financial Optimization

Course dates:
3 August, 2020 to 28 August, 2020
EU/EEA citizens 6375 DKK/Non-EU/EEA citizens 10000 DKK
Fee advantages:
Full fee
Engineering & Sciences
Application deadline:
Wednesday, 1 April, 2020
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

General information


The course gives an introduction to the domain of practical financial risk and portfolio management. Participants will work with problem areas that can be attacked using optimization models.


Participants will be trained in quantitative evaluation of risk-return trade-offs, and learn how to model, solve, and document large, practical problems.

The course also gives an introduction to the programming language GAMS (General Algebraic Modelling Systems), which will be used extensively in all the cases and examples.

Participants who have followed the course will be able to formulate and solve optimization problems in GAMS in particular within the following areas:

Measuring and managing return and risk trade offs
Adding practical constraints to financial optimization problems
Immunization and dedication of a bond portfolio
Modelling Value at Risk and Conditional Value at Risk
Back-testing results of ex-ante optimization


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Hostel World

UCPH Housing Foundation (acceptance letter from UCPH required).


ECTS accreditation

Master level

7,5 ECTS