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EC9AA - The Practice of Economics Research

  • Module code: EC9AA
  • Module name: The Practice of Economics Research
  • Department: Economics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The principal aim of this module is to serve as a bridge between theoretical material taught in other year-one core modules and the practical application of theory and methods to concrete research questions, informed by other considerations (such as institutional structures). The focus is on the development of the skills needed to conduct research, including identifying and formulationg research questions that are informed by current debates both in academia and outside it (for example in public policy), identifying appropriate sources and methods, dealing with the practical aspects of deploying those methods, and communicating and disseminating research results effectively. By comparison with the other core modules taken by students in the first year of the MRes programme, this module is distinctive in its emphasis on learning by example and on learning by doing.

Principal learning outcomes

Students should gain a critical knowledge of which research methods are most suited to address specific questions (also taking into account practical constraints, such as data availability), and should develop an appreciation and experience of how these methods can be used in practice. They should also gain an understanding of how economic research can be informed by current debates (of both academic and public policy natures), and how the results of their research can contribute to those debates.

Timetabled teaching activities

24 Lecture hours

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: EC9AA-15)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word Written Research Report 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • in Economics (Master of Research plus PhD) (L1PL) - Year 1
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