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ECON3023 Dissertation/Project

Module Overview

You will undertake a substantive piece of independent work. This is designed to demonstrate your ability to manage your own learning, to draw together information for a variety of sources and to make use of a range of concepts and techniques.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The main aim of the dissertation is to convey the importance of research activity in extending knowledge of the discipline of economics and to provide guidance, supervision, and support for students embarking on an independent piece of research-focused work. By the end of the dissertation, students should be able to: demonstrate the ability to identify and frame an economic problem to be researched; summarise and synthesis relevant academic literature in a coherent and focused way; select relevant arguments and techniques and apply them to the chosen problem; draw supported and balanced conclusions from the analysis of the problem; demonstrate the capacity to sustain reasoned argument within the confines of available evidence and legitimate criticism.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Self - management: you will need to set personal objectives, to manage your time and tasks and to evaluate your own performance
  • Learning skills: you will need to learn effectively and with self-awareness. You will need to learn independently, to make good use of the available resources (especially the Library), to find and organize material and to use a wide range of academic skills
  • Communication: you will need to be able to marshal what you have learnt in the form of a report and present a coherent argument


Dissertation module

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study150
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Library information skills exercises (Multiple Choice on Blackboard). The interim report is to be a maximum of 1000 words. The final report is to be a maximum of 8000 words. There is no referral opportunity for this syllabus in same academic year.


MethodPercentage contribution
Empirical/analytical section  (4000 words) 60%
Exercise 5%
Literature review  (4000 words) 35%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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