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ECON6046 MRes Economics Dissertation

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 at the postgraduate level. At the end of this module, you should be familiar with the concept of independent research. You should be able to compose an extended piece of writing, in which an argument is developed in response to a central question (thesis), supported by evidence you have acquired through research, which you are required to analyse, and which supports or contradicts the various perspectives explored in the course of that argument.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The dissertation module is specially designed to enable you to further develop and to demonstrate the following transferable skills: 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, to find and organise 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.

Learning Outcomes


This is an independent study module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This is an independent study module.

Independent Study600
Total study time600



MethodPercentage contribution
Final Report  (10000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Final Report  (10000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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