Economics Dissertation - EC541

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR ASJ Gosling


EC500 Microeconomics, EC502 Macroeconomics, EC580 Introduction to Econometrics, EC581 Introduction to Time Series Econometrics.


60% threshold in EC500 and EC502, average of 60% required across EC580 and EC581
EC565 cannot be taken with this module.



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:

Contact hours

4 lectures,
18 terminal sessions,
2 or 3 supervisions,
1 presentation

Method of assessment

5% Research proposal
15% Research outline and draft chapter
20% Presentation
60% Dissertation

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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

In completing this module, you will:
• be able to frame and motivate a research question
• improve your ability to retrieve information efficiently from library and web-based sources
• learn to manage your time well so as to complete the various stages of the dissertation on time
• improve your ability to analyse economic problems
• be able to carry out an in-depth investigation
• deepen your knowledge of one particular area of economics
• make a contribution towards knowledge about the topic you are investigating
• develop skills necessary to make concise and clear verbal presentations to a small or medium-sized audience
• have learned how to write a report of medium length.

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