Module code: ECOM055

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of advanced empirical and analytical methods employed in Economics, laying the foundations for the project.

Module provider


Module Leader


Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: L100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

To have achieved 120 credits at point of dissertation submission Module

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Information Technology: getting started, Internet, use of library, etc.
Data Analysis: data sources, econometric methodology, and use of economic theory.
Computing: hands on module demonstrating of econometrics computer packages such as Eviews and Stata.
Methodology of Research: what is research, types of research, the research process etc.
Writing a project in Economics: planning the project, what is expected, presentation of research ideas, and the student-supervisor relationship

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework – Research Proposal 15
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Coursework – Up to 10,000 word project 85

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

their ability to undertake a literature survey
their ability to develop a suitable methodology for their research questions
their ability to make optimal use of library resources
their ability to collect relevant data (if contribution is an empirical analysis)
their ability to develop theoretical aspects of a substantive topic (if the contribution is a theoretical analysis)
their ability to apply a specific analytical technique

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Writing a project proposal (typically submitted in March).
Writing a project (submitted in September).

Formative assessment

The first draft of the research proposal will be submitted to the supervisor for feedback ahead of the formal submission date. This will be formatively assessed by the supervisor. The supervisor also provides formative feedback throughout the process of developing, executing and writing up the project.


Oral and written, see above.

Module aims

  • This module aims to guide students towards independent research on a specific area of economics. To that end, students are initially introduced to concepts, methodologies and basic methods of undertaking research in economics.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Undertake a literature survey to critically evaluate current research CKT
002 Develop critiques of a substantive topic CKT
003 Develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research questions and employ them accordingly CK
004 Make optimal use of library resources P
005 Collect relevant data (if contribution is an empirical analysis) P
006 Apply their knowledge to a specific analytical technique CK

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 12

Independent Study Hours: 546

Lecture Hours: 42

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

prepare the students for the study of economics and econometrics at FHEQ Level 7 (first week)
reach the minimum levels of competence in quantitative and analytical methods and how these are applied to produce a project on a specific topic in Economics

The learning and teaching methods include:

readings using lecturers' guidance
solving problems
responding to questions in class
preparing and taking part in the test
2 hour lecture x 21 weeks
Up to 12 contact hours of project supervision

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Economics MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.