Module code: ECOD016

Module Overview

The research proposal forms the foundation for the development of the PhD. This unit builds on the Introduction to Research unit to enable students to convey their research ideas into a coherent and articulate plan. Thus students will work under the guidance of their supervisory committee, of which the final supervisor is likely to be part. Students will be guided through the discussion and presentation of their research ideas in front of their peers, advisory committee and other faculty members. It is also expected that the unit will facilitate cooperation among students.

Module provider


Module Leader

CORRADI Valentina (Economics)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

JACs code: L100

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:


Week 1:

Structure and content of a PhD research proposal, a PhD thesis and a journal article: developing research objectives.


Week 2:

Identifying research objectives by finding gaps in the research field


Week 3:

Literature review, refining the search, ensuring that you cover the field


Week 4:

Specific research questions (propositions and hypotheses) based on the literature/existing evidence, applying relevant theoretical approaches and developing a coherent argument.


Week 5:

Research design and methods


Week 6-10

Presentation of Proposal in Class and discussion with fellows PhDs, advisory committee and other faculty members.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION OF PROPOSAL 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • Their ability to search and integrate the literature that form the basis for their dissertation

  • Their ability to convey ideas in a concrete research plan.

Students are provided with continual feedback from different academics and peers throughout the process.



Feedback is provided via comments on the presentation and via comments and suggestion on the written proposal.

Module aims

  • To ensure that students convert their ideas into a concrete research plan, in collaboration with their (co)supervisor
  • To ensure that their research plan is of a sufficiently high doctoral standard
  • To ensure that they have a feasible research time-frame
  • To ensure that they have a detailed enough plan for the first paper and have identified the basis for the subsequent papers of the dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To acquire the ability to skim the relevant literature KCT
002 To acquire the ability to formulate a question of interest and understand what are the necessary tools for solving it KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Provide tools to encourage attitude to original research


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Presentation of work in progress

  • Group discussions with feedback

  • Interaction with supervisor and input from other academics

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

Reading list for RESEARCH IN ECONOMICS 2 :

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 2019/0 academic year.