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Department of Economics, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

ES50079: Masters dissertation in international money & banking

Click here for further information Credits: 30
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Dissertation period
Click here for further information Assessment: CW100
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
Click here for further information Requisites: In taking this unit you cannot take ES50064 or take ES50073
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is:
* To provide students with the training to undertake advanced level research.
* To enable students to locate and critically evaluate appropriate literature for a dissertation.
* To develop skills in obtaining and organising suitable data.
* To enable students to identify and critically reflect upon appropriate analytical techniques.
* To introduce students to current empirical and theoretical research in economics and finance.
* To develop the above research skills appropriate to International Money & Banking, and to offer students the opportunity to research a topic in this subject area.

Learning Outcomes:
The learning outcomes for this unit involve the (1) a systematic and analytical understanding of the chosen topic area; (2) the ability to theorise on and/or empirically explore the chosen topic; (3) ability to draw appropriate conclusions and demonstrate an awareness of their strengths and limitations.

Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and mathematical models (Facilitated/Assessed)
Ability to select, analyse and present numerical data using econometric packages (F/A)
Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (F/A)
Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (F/A)
Concise and effective written communication (e.g. briefings / written exams) (F/A)
Effective oral communication (e.g. lecture question and answer) (F)
Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer (F/A)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (A)
Ability to work independently with limited supervision of guidance (F/A)
Ability to apply theory to policy areas (F/A)

The unit begins by introducing the students to the main research methods in international money and banking during semester 2. The students develop the technical skills and research methodology by attending a series of lectures, as well as guest lectures where members of the department (including, where appropriate, visiting professors and / or research fellows) showcase their areas of expertise. . This taught component of the unit is assessed and the mark constitutes a proportion of the overall grade awarded to the dissertation.
The students will then proceed to engage on the completion of the main body of the dissertation during the summer. At this stage the unit is organised around regular supervision sessions with a member of staff who has related research interests. In these meetings the student will receive guidance on how to undertake research and how to write a dissertation. The supervisor will review progress and will respond to research initiatives shown by the study fellow.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

ES50079 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • THES-AFM07 : MSc International Money and Banking (Full-time)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.