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Dissertation - ECO00012M

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Bipasa Datta
  • Credit value: 80 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23
B Summer Vacation 2021-22 to Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aim of the dissertation is to allow you

To carry out your own in-depth analysis, or your own in-depth critical review, of a topic, working mainly independently.

The dissertation provides a first opportunity for you to do your own academic research in economics.  A high degree of originality is not expected. But,

We do expect you to make a serious and honest attempt to put into practice the principles and techniques which you have learned in the taught component of the Msc, in order to arrive at some carefully reasoned conclusions of your own.  time management skills are an additional part of the process

Module learning outcomes

Critically evaluate theoretical and/or empirical economic models and independently apply and critically analyse relevant concepts and principles.

Critically assess key concepts using deductive and inductive methods involving theoretical and/or empirical economic models learnt in core and option modules.

The proficient application of various quantitative techniques to formulate problems and provide convincing analysis of meaningful problems in economics.

Read, understand and digest various journal articles, gathering and implementing knowledge pertaining to the development of theoretical and econometric models, applying methodology learnt during module and dissertation lectures.


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Students will receive individual feedback on their dissertation from their dissertation supervisor.

Indicative reading

Students will discuss the appropriate reading with their supervisor once they have chosen a topic.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.