Dissertation:Economics - ECON9982

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Bangladesh : Brac & North South University
Year 7 55 (27.5) Adelina Gschwandtner checkmark-circle


The dissertation work is carefully structured across the whole academic year. On entry to the MSc programmes, students are made aware of the need to consider their dissertation during the taught part of the programme and to do some preparatory work in terms of selection of research topic and investigation of the availability of data before the beginning of the dissertation working period. They receive guidelines on the writing of economics dissertations and they receive various talks and advice above the researching and writing of their dissertation. Students are allocated an appropriate member of staff as dissertation supervisor.

Students of MSc Development Economics may opt for a co-delivery arrangement with Brac University, Bangladesh, or North South University, Bangladesh, in which they are hosted by Brac / North South and jointly supervised by academic staff members from Kent and Brac / North South University (one supervisor from each institution).


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 12

Private student hours: 488

Total study hours: 500


Compulsory for MSc Economics courses

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Dissertation (12,000 words): 100%

Reassessment methods

Reassessment Method: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Core reading

Biggam, John. Succeeding With Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Handbook. 4th Edition. Open University Press, McGraw-Hill Education, 2018

Recommended reading

Wallace, Mike and Alison Wray. Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. 3rd Edition. Sage Publications Ltd, 2016

Ridley, Diana. The Literature Review: A Step-By-Step Guide for Students. 2nd Edition, Sage Publications Ltd, 2012

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

significantly develop their ability to analyse complex theoretical problems, apply advanced econometric techniques to economic data and be able to carry out an in-depth investigation

substantially develop their ability to interpret their empirical results and draw appropriate conclusions at a high level of abstraction and generalization

notably deepen their knowledge of one particular area of economics and linked this knowledge to neighbouring eras of economics and/or social sciences

make a contribution towards knowledge about the topic that they have investigated


  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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