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ES50064: Economics: Masters dissertation

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Economics
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Dissertation period
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Economics Masters Dissertation (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

Aims: To offer students the opportunity to research a topic in mainstream economics or where appropriate the economics of development.

Skills: 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).

Content: 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.

Programme availability:

ES50064 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics

ES50064 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics


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