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EC959: Dissertation (Economics MSc Programme)

36 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

To encourage students to pose an interesting research question; to find the correct methods for analysing the question, including development of theoretical models and/or analysis of data where appropriate; to write up their results independently, without the need for continuous supervision.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the topic of the dissertation; define a feasible project allowing for time and resource constraints; develop an adequate research methodology and be able to formulate and test concepts and hypotheses; make optimal use of library resources; access databases, understand their uses and limitations, and extract relevant data; work without the need for continuous supervision.


The topic of the dissertation will be agreed in conjunction with the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Economics plus the allocated dissertation supervisor.



Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Proposal (20%) + dissertation (80%)
Exam Timing

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