Research Skills for Economics Dissertation - ECON8470

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 5 (2.5) Adelina Gschwandtner checkmark-circle


The module consists of preparation of the 1-page dissertation proposal to be submitted by the end of Week 13. Upon review of the proposal by the Director of Graduate Studies the student is allocated to the supervisor. For the rest of the term the student and the supervisor meet and discuss in details the proposal to identify the relevant literature research methods and actions. By the end of Week 24 the student submits an additional 1-page outline of the dissertation with the exact research question, relevant methodological toolbox to address the question and reference to the relevant data (if applicable). The outline is further supported by the condensed list of the core literature.


Contact hours

Private Study: 45
Contact Hours: 5
Total: 50


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc in Economics
• MSc in Economics and Econometrics
• MSc in Development Economics
• MSc in Financial Economics

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Initial Dissertation Proposal (pass/fail)
Revised Dissertation Proposal (pass/fail)

Reassessment methods:
Pass/Fail (Proposal)

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Identify the dissertation topic and the relevant literature in the advanced specialized context of the chosen field
2 Critically select relevant theoretical and/or empirical methods from a wide range of complex techniques
3 Identify and use relevant data innovatively synthesizing multiple data sources, whenever applies
4 Produce a road-map outline for a dissertation showing deep and systematic reflection on current debates and practices.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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