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Unit information: MRes in Economics - Dissertation in 2020/21

Unit name MRes in Economics - Dissertation
Unit code EFIMM0025
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Giovannoni
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The dissertation is an extended report of an independent study that identifies and investigates a particular question and explores it systematically over a sustained period of time. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to read extensively and apply research skills acquired in taught units to a chosen area of study in Economics. Student learning is supported by regular individual supervision sessions, although the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the dissertation, students will demonstrate ability to:

  • frame a clear, central research question;
  • identify and critically review literature relevant to the topic and central research question;
  • understand and apply an appropriate research methodology to investigate the chosen topic;
  • analyse data and/or evidence, where appropriate, and draw apposite conclusions that answer the central research question;
  • integrate conclusions into wider academic debates;
  • produce a dissertation in a clear, well-written and grammatically-correct style, that conforms to the conventions of academic presentation;

Use project management skills including working independently, managing time, working to deadlin

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Details

Report (25%), (2) a Paper Replication (25%), and (3) a Research Proposal (50%).

Reading and References

Reading and references will depend on the dissertation topic.