Economics Dissertation - EC541

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 6 30 (15) PROF N Allouch checkmark-circle


This dissertation is a 30-credit module based on self-directed study, which allows you to develop a complete piece of work within the general field of economics, from the initial idea through to a final written report. It is unique amongst the modules you are taking towards your degree in Economics, both in the ways that you learn and in the ways that you are assessed. Your learning will be largely independent, but is supported by structured supervision from your dissertations supervisor and weekly computing sessions to help in accessing, coding analysing and interpreting your data.


This module appears in the following module collections.

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 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

100% coursework as follows:

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

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

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

In completing this module, you will:

* frame, motivate and analyse a research question
* decide on appropriate techniques and investigation strategies to answer a research question
* search, analyse, understand and critically review a large body of literature
* adapt and learn from set-backs in the research process
* demonstrate a contribution towards an understanding of the topic of investigation
* demonstrate a critical and in-depth knowledge of one particular area of economics
* 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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