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LUBS3300 Economics Dissertation

30 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Andrew Mearman

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS3200Business Analytics 3: Analytics Project
LUBS3301Economics Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to conduct a substantial research project in economic theory, applied economics, business economics or financial economics according to their programme of study, independently of detailed guidance from staff.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Critically assess the current state of knowledge relevant to their research question
- Interpret quantitative or qualitative data and draw inferences and conclusions relevant to a research objective

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply research skills, critical analysis and communication skills in the context of independent working
- Communicate research context, methodology and outcomes in both written and oral forms
- Collect and analyse quantitative or qualitative information

Subject specific
- Formulate an economics research question and select an appropriate method or methods to address the question based on theoretical analysis and available data


Indicative content:
The module is the last of the programme’s strand of modules concerned with research skills’ development. Students will be expected to:
- define a research question
- abstract and simplify their question in order to identify and model the core of their topic
- select an appropriate methodology for the analysis of their question
- collate, structure and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative information sources, both secondary and (where relevant) primary
- establish and critically assess the current state of knowledge
- use statistical techniques to analyse quantitative data (where relevant
- think critically about their own research and to place it in context
- draw policy inferences (where relevant)
- use skills in time management
- communicate their research effectively both orally and in writing
- develop qualities of independence and initiative

The subject and title of each dissertation will be chosen by the student but will be subject to the approval of a member of staff who is willing to supervise the chosen topic and to the approval of the overall coordinator of dissertations in economics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings40.453.00
Private study hours281.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Four 45-minute one-to-one meetings with dissertation supervisor. Submission and feedback on Research Outline. Submission and detailed feedback on one draft chapter.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationTo be given on the students research30.00
Essay or Dissertation8,000 word70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit will be 100% by coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/12/2017


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