Economics Dissertation - ECON5410

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Amanda Gosling checkmark-circle


This dissertation is a 30 Credit module based on self-directed study, which allows students to develop a complete piece of work within the general field of economics, from an initial idea through to a final written report. Learning is largely independent and self-directed, but is supported by lectures at the beginning of the course, structured supervision from a dissertation supervisor and weekly computing sessions to help in accessing, coding, analysing and interpreting data.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32 hours
Private study hours: 268
Total study hours: 300


For Single Honours degree programmes in Economics, either this module or ECON5650 (EC565) are compulsory.
This module is not available to students registered for degrees in other subjects but may be available to Joint Honours degree programmes in Economics with permission from the Stage Director.

Method of assessment

Topic Form and Research Meeting (5%)
Research Outline and Draft Chapter (2000 to 2500 words) (15%)
Presentation (20%)
Project (10,000 words) (60%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Patrick Dunleavy, Studying for a Degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Chapter 5
Sue Drew and Rose Bingham, Student Skills, Gower, 1996, Chapters 7 and 8

Students will be directed to specific readings by their dissertation supervisor and other academic staff.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. Frame, motivate and analyse a research question

8.2. Decide on appropriate techniques and investigation strategies to answer a research question

8.3. Search, analyse, understand and critically review a large body of literature

8.4. Adapt and learn from set-backs in the research process

8.5. Demonstrate a contribution towards an understanding of the topic of investigation

8.6. Demonstrate a critical and in-depth knowledge of one particular area of economics

8.7. Demonstrate research skills such as data management/analysis, programming, running laboratory based experiments.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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