Module code: ECOM068

Module Overview

This module provides individual student support, feedbacks and supervision laying the foundations for the dissertation and preparing the students for independent research in Economics.

The dissertation is an extended report of an independent study that identifies and investigates a particular research question in Economics and explores it systematically over a sustained period of time. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to read extensively and apply research skills acquired in taught units to a chosen area of study in Economics. This module builds, in particular, on Research Methods 2, where students develop independent research skills, and prepare a research proposal for the dissertation. Student learning is supported by regular individual supervision sessions, although the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

Module provider


Module Leader

RISPOLI Luciano (Economics)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 16

Independent Learning Hours: 584

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • How to identify gaps and interesting questions in Economics academic literature

  • Research question design

  • Choice of correct methodology to answer the identified research question

  • Data collection and manipulation / Theory development

  • Written and oral presentation skills

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Dissertation - should not normally exceed 15,000 words excluding any appendices 100

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 dissertation that will be assessed in September.

Formative assessment

Supervisors will read and provide feedback on one full draft of the dissertation (either complete or by chapter). Provided the draft is submitted within guidelines, the supervisor will respond with feedback within 14 days.


Feedback should provide detail on the requirements for improvement.

Module aims

  • Give the experience of independent research and demonstrate familiarity with a specific area of economics.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Frame a clear, central research question KC
002 Identify and critically review literature relevant to the topic and central research question T
003 Develop a suitable methodology for their research questions K
004 Make optimal use of library resources P
005 Collect relevant data (if contribution is an empirical analysis) P
006 Develop theoretical aspects of a substantive topic (if the contribution is a theoretical analysis) K
007 Apply a specific analytical technique K
008 Produce a dissertation in a clear, well-written and grammatically-correct style, that conforms to the conventions of academic presentation PT
009 Use project management skills including working independently, managing time, working to deadline PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Guide students to produce an independent and original study that identifies and investigates a particular research question in Economics.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Readings using supervisor guidance

  • Up to 16 hours contact with supervisor (majority of which is face to face) throughout the summer.

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
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Economics MRes(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 2020/1 academic year.