eMasters in Derivatives Market and
Risk Management

Learn to Derive Powerful Insights with Derivatives Analytics

  • From the Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (IME), Economic Sciences (ECO) and Computer Sciences and Engineering (CSE), IIT Kanpur
  • World-class faculty and
    researchers from IIT Kanpur
  • Flexible executive-friendly with an
    option to complete between 1 - 3 years
  • IIT Kanpur
    Alumni Benefits

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eMasters Highlights

  • Direct Selection Based on the academic and professional background. GATE score not required.
  • High Impact Format Weekend-only Live interactive sessions coupled with self-paced learning.
  • Executive Friendly Schedule Learn while you earn, with a flexibility to complete the program between 1 to 3 years.
  • Credits Transfer Waiver of upto 60 credits for higher education (MTech/PhD) at IIT Kanpur.
  • Career Advancement and Networking Access to IIT Kanpur placement cell, incubation cell and alumni network.
  • IIT Kanpur Alumni Status Become an IIT Kanpur alumni with access to all the alumni privileges.

Admission Process

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About eMasters in Derivatives Market and Risk Management

The program has a strong focus on the application of commodity derivatives in improving risk management practices in concerned organizations. It offers an opportunity to work on a maximum of four projects which provide hands-on skills with actual data of the commodity derivatives markets. The program is beneficial for budding traders and finance enthusiasts who are planning to make a visible impact in the alternative investment segments and to hedgers who regularly take positions in commodity derivatives markets.


Learn from the experts working at the forefront of cutting- edge research and technology in finance, economics and risk management.

  • Wasim Ahmad
    Associate Professor, Department of Economic Sciences, IIT Kanpur
    Ph.D., Delhi University
    MA Economics, University of Hyderabad
    BA Economics (H), Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

    Commodity Derivatives, Financial Econometrics and Applied Econometrics
  • Suman Saurabh
    Assistant Professor, Industrial Management and Engineering (IME), IIT Kanpur FPM (Ph.D.), IIM Ahmedabad, Master of Business Economics, University of Delhi
    Bachelor of Technology, Electrical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi

    Corporate Finance, Payout Policy, Investments, Derivative Pricing
  • B.V. Phani
    Head, Industrial Management and
    Engineering (IME), IIT Kanpur
    Ph.D., IIM Calcutta, BE (Mech), MVSR Engineering College, Osmania University

    Finance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Prabina Rajib
    Professor and Former Dean, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur Ph.D. (Accounting and Finance), Vinod Gupta School of Management, MBA (Finance), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
    Master's Degree (Applied Economics), Utkal University

    Commodity Derivative and Financial Markets

  • Shantanu Dutta
    Vice-Dean (Research). Telfer Fellow in Global Finance. Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada Ph.D. (Carleton), MBA (AIT), MEM, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bachelor of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

    Entrepreneurial Finance, M&A, International Financial Management, and Advanced Corporate Finance Applications
  • Amey Karkare
    Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kanpur Ph.D. (CSE), IIT Bombay
    B.Tech. (CSE), IIT Kanpur

    Blockchain and AI and Machine Learning
  • Piyush Pandey
    Assistant Professor, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay, Mumbai Ph.D. (Finance), Department of Financial Studies, Delhi University
    Masters in Finance & Control (MFC), Department of Financial Studies, Delhi University, Delhi
    B.Tech Computer Engineering, IP University, Delhi

    Financial Derivatives, Investment Management, Market Microstructure, Banking
  • M. Thenmozhi
    Professor, Finance Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras Ph.D. (Commerce), Department of Commerce, University of Madras
    M.Phil. (Commerce), Department of Commerce, University of Madras
    M. Com, Ethiraj College For Women, Chennai

    Corporate Finance and Strategy, Financial Markets, Derivatives, Financial Time Series Modeling


A well-researched real-world curriculum by IIT Kanpur’s subject matter experts that fosters hands-on learning and helps you master the desired capabilities by combining deep formal rigor and an intense practical approach.


eMasters in Derivatives Market and Risk Management has modules that are divided into Core (C), Electives (E) and Projects (P). It gives a student the flexibility to decide the electives (E) and projects (P) depending on his/her prior academic and professional experience and follows the 4C+6E+2P structure. In future, the Project and Elective component may be revisited and tuned to accommodate students from diverse backgrounds with varied knowledge and experience levels.

Core Modules: (All Compulsory)

  • Foundations of Economics and Finance
  • Introduction to
    Derivatives Contracts
  • Financial
  • Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

Elective Modules: (Choose any 6)

  • Advanced Derivative
    Contracts and Pricing
  • Advanced
    Financial Modeling
  • Blockchain Applications in Commodity Markets
  • AI and ML
    in Financial Modeling
  • Treasury and Credit
    Risk Management
  • Stochastic
  • Commodity
  • Technical Analysis
    in Commodity Markets
  • Energy
  • Real
  • Financial Derivatives and
    Risk Management
  • Forex
  • Introduction to
    High-frequency Finance
  • Regulations and Legal Aspects of Derivatives Markets

Projects: (All Compulsory)

  • Project 1

  • Project 2

Immersive Learning Format

  • Live Interactive Sessions
  • Examination
  • Campus Visit
  • Weekly access to self-paced content including recorded videos and reading material
  • Weekend-only live interactive sessions by faculty and TAs
  • Interaction and networking with Experienced Professionals
  • Final module-level exams to be conducted across major cities in India
  • IIT Kanpur campus visit (optional) to meet faculty and experience the campus


  • Get eMasters Degree from IIT Kanpur
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the derivatives market
  • Learn from the leading research faculty
  • Receive mentorship, career support from IIT Kanpur placement cell
  • Incubation support for promising startup initiatives
  • Become a part of IIT Kanpur's alumni network


  • Bachelor's Degree (4 years program) or a Masters Degree in the relevant discipline (Engineering/Science/Economics/MBA, etc) with at least 55% marks or 5.5/10 CPI.
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience (You need not be currently employed to be eligible).
  • Candidates with relevant experience will be preferred.

Program Fee

Details Payment Schedule Amount
Program Registration Fee
To Block Your Seat
Within 1 Week of Selection ₹40,000
Program Registration Fee
To Complete Your Registration
As per the Selection Letter ₹1,60,000
Quarter Registration Fee
For 1st Quarter
As per the Selection Letter ₹15,000 Per Quarter
Module Fee
For 1st Quarter Modules
As per the Selection Letter ₹45,000 Per Module

Exclusive ₹2,00,000 Scholarship for January 2022 Batch: Adjust your Scholarship against the fee payable from the 4th Quarter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Core Modules

  • Foundations of Economics and Finance
    The module provides an in-depth overview of the top-down and bottom-up approaches to investments. The module will equip the students with macroeconomic analysis and basic tools of investments. The hands-on experience with macroeconomic data and financial products is another added feature.
  • Introduction to Derivatives Contracts
    The module will cover generic derivatives products including stocks and commodities. The main aim is to equip the students with different valuation approaches for stocks, bonds, forex, and storable and non-storable commodities. Exposure to carbon products is also an added feature to this module.
  • Financial Econometrics
    In the derivatives market set-up, the understanding of statistical tools is a prerequisite as it helps make data-driven investment decisions. The module on financial econometrics will harness the backgrounds of the above two modules. The module will mainly focus on time-series modelling and forecasts on R and Python. The specific topics may include the asset-pricing, price discovery (static and dynamic), hedging effectiveness, speculation and arbitrage. The module will have more focus on data-driven learning.
  • Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
    This module is the heart of finance and without the discussion on different approaches of portfolio formulation and optimization, the program may not look complete. Unlike conventional security and portfolio analysis, the module will focus on the recent developments in security and portfolio analysis with live discussions.

Elective Modules:

  • Advanced Derivative Contracts and Pricing
    This module will focus on product design and development. The financialization aspect of commodities will be dealt with in detail. The approach would be to equip the participants with recent developments in all spheres of derivatives contract, commodities indices, spillover effects, the specifications of contracts and pricing of different commodities. The futures and spot market interactions. The role of options trading in different segments of derivatives markets. The pricing will highlight the valuation methods. This module is an advanced version of Introduction to Derivatives Contracts.
  • Advanced Financial Modeling
    This module is extremely suitable for quantitative finance enthusiasts who want to further their understanding of derivatives analysis. The multivariate time-series models and state-space models will be used to showcase the interactions of different derivatives products. The role of satellite and dominant markets. The application of high-frequency data will be another added feature of this module. Hands-on experience in R and Python with data is added to this module. The module is an updated version of financial econometrics.
  • Blockchain Applications in Commodity Markets
    The module provides an overview of blockchain technology in the commodity market. It will cover the wider application of blockchain activities in commodity trading.
  • Stochastic Finance
    The foundations of stochastic finance are crucial as it helps understand the different properties of financial time-series, including sudden changes or jumps in a stock or commodity price. The module aims at providing an enriching experience of understanding these tools and techniques.
  • Commodity Derivatives
    The module provides a deeper understanding of commodity derivatives, including their characteristics, standards, and market dynamics.
  • Technical Analysis in Commodity Markets
    The module helps understand the price movements and basics of price movement with respect to demand and supply. The program participants will gain an insight into various methods of detecting and identifying the trends and develop trading strategies with appropriate quantitative methods.
  • Energy Derivatives
    The module is designed to deliver insight into widely traded energy derivative instruments. The program participants will also gain knowledge of potential strategies for hedging and risk management techniques.
  • Financial Derivatives and Risk Management
    This module is designed to cover topics beyond Advanced Derivatives Modelling and Pricing and have some applications to advanced financial modelling tools. The approach of this module is to provide exposure to financial derivatives other than commodities and focus on the niche areas of the derivatives markets. The module is suitable for hedgers and risk managers who have experience in either forex and equity segments. The evaluation of bonds will be an added feature of this module. The module also has market-based research in which participants will be allowed to discuss their practical investment decision problems. Experts will also be using case studies and conduct live discussions.
  • Forex Derivatives
    Forex derivatives are extremely useful for professionals working in the banking and investment domains with substantial exposure to hedging risk. The exchange rate variations often hit the earnings of firms. In this module, the approach is to cover those practical issues with theoretical and practical exposure to different tenets of forex derivatives. For instance, the role of off-shore forward contracts, the price discovery issues, the hedging aspects of currency derivatives. The module provides scope to further the understanding of forex markets beyond generic derivatives understanding. Experts will have live discussions and case studies discussions. The understanding of financial econometrics and advanced financial modelling will be helpful.
  • Introduction to High-frequency Finance
    The module helps program participants gain knowledge of high-frequency trading and various practically adopted trading strategies and technologies. It provides students an overview of high-frequency trading and is elucidated with algorithm trading and other quantitative trading strategies.

Quarter 1

  • Foundations of Economics and Finance (C)
  • Introduction to Derivative Contracts (C)
  • Financial Econometrics (C)

Quarter 2 (Choose any 2 (E) with one compulsory (C))

  • Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (C)
  • Advanced Derivative Contracts and Pricing (E)
  • Advanced Financial Modelling (E)
  • Blockchain Applications in Commodity Markets (E)
  • AI and ML in Financial Modelling (E)

Quarter 3 (Choose any 2 (E) with one compulsory (P))

  • Commodity Derivatives (E)
  • Technical Analysis in Commodity Markets (E)
  • Energy Derivatives (E)
  • Real Options (E)
  • Treasury and Credit Risk Management (E)
  • Project (P)

Quarter 4 (Choose any 2 (E) with one compulsory (P))

  • Financial Derivatives and Risk Management (E)
  • Introduction to High-frequency Finance (E)
  • Forex Derivatives (E)
  • Regulations and Legal Aspects of Derivatives Markets (E)
  • Stochastic Finance (E)
  • Project (P)
Quarter 1 Module Schedule
Module 1 Foundations of Economics and Finance Saturdays 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
and Sundays 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Module 2 Introduction to Derivative Contracts Saturdays 9:30 am - 10:45 am
and Sundays 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Module 3 Financial Econometrics Saturdays 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
and Sundays 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

About IIT Kanpur

Established in 1959 by the Government of India, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) is a globally acclaimed university for world-class education and research in science, engineering, management and humanities. We aim to provide leadership in technological innovation for the growth of India.

  • Ranked among top engineering colleges by NIRF 2021
  • Built on world-class academic research culture
  • Offers various undergraduate, post-graduate, integrated, and research programs in the field of engineering, science, management, and design

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