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ECON3037 Dissertation: Research Project

Module Overview

This module forms the second part of a dissertation in Economics. You will undertake a substantive piece of independent work in form of composing a piece of economic research on your chosen topic. This is designed to demonstrate your ability to manage your own learning, to draw together information from a variety of sources and to make use of a range of concepts and techniques that are state of the art in economic research. This dissertation module is designed for students that prefer to work on a single topic, immersing themselves deeply in the methodology and furthering our knowledge using state of the art research methods. Students cannot take Dissertation: Research Project AND Dissertation: Research Topics, only one of these two modules can be selected.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Application of state of the art economic theory and sophisticated economic reasoning to applied topics or questions.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Retrieve and analyse economic data for statistical inference on the quantitative or qualitative workings of economic mechanisms and policies.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify, select and access a range of sources for the presentation of arguments and evidence.
  • Communicate logical arguments and quantitative reasoning in form of a research report.
  • Work independently to a deadline, demonstrating initiative through identifying possible sources, and self-management by structuring the workload over one semester.
  • Use quantitative reasoning and analyse and interpret data using state of the art techniques.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use statistical inference to gain insight on the economic effects of events or policy interventions.


Introductory lectures and tutorials provide guidance to conducting your own empirical research project and equip you for independent study with guidance by academic staff.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, tutorials, staff consultation and research supervision.

Guided independent study146
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

A report on the research project due at the end of the semester (4000 words essay). This is the same for referral, internal and external repeat.


MethodPercentage contribution
Research Paper/Report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research Paper/Report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research Paper/Report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites ECON2007 or ECON2032 or ECON2036

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