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Unit information: MRes in Economics - Dissertation in 2021/22

Unit name MRes in Economics - Dissertation
Unit code EFIMM0025
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Yazici
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The dissertation is an extended report of an independent study that identifies and investigates a particular question and explores it systematically over a sustained period of time. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to read extensively and apply research skills acquired in taught units to a chosen area of study in Economics. Student learning is supported by regular individual supervision sessions, although the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the dissertation, students will demonstrate ability to:

  • frame a clear, central research question;
  • identify and critically review literature relevant to the topic and central research question;
  • understand and apply an appropriate research methodology to investigate the chosen topic;
  • analyse data and/or evidence, where appropriate, and draw apposite conclusions that answer the central research question;
  • integrate conclusions into wider academic debates;
  • produce a dissertation in a clear, well-written and grammatically-correct style, that conforms to the conventions of academic presentation;

Use project management skills including working independently, managing time, working to deadlin

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

A dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words. The dissertation will assess students' ability to: frame a research question in the context of a relevant literature, apply a suitable research strategy for either an empirical or a library-based research study, analyse resulting data and draw relevant conclusions, and integrate these into wider academic debates. The dissertation will also assess students' ability to produce a substantial piece of work independently and by a deadline, and which conforms to the conventions of academic presentation.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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