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University of Exeter Business School

Research Methods II

Module titleResearch Methods II
Module codeBEEM143
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Professor Max Troshkin (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Module description

This module builds on BEEM136 Research Methods I and covers further analytical and computational techniques useful in economics research.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module goal is to equip students with a set of tools that allows you to solve economic models in an appropriate way.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. understand and apply advanced approaches to solving economics models;
  • 2. manipulate abstract mathematical concepts;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. understand and critically analyse economics arguments;
  • 4. develop and use economics models;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. identify relevant and tractable research problems
  • 6. identify relevant solution and analysis methods
  • 7. work independently and responsibly on complex research questions

Syllabus plan

Topics useful in current research, which vary but may include:

- Differential equations 

- Functional analysis

- Calculus of variations

- Optimal control

- Dynamic optimization

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity33Lectures (3hr per week)
Guided Independent Study117Background reading, preparation for classes and assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assignment 100The assessment structure on this module is subject to review and may change before the start of the new academic year. Any changes will be clearly communicated to you before the start of term and if you wish to change module as a result of this you can do so in the module change window1-7Oral/written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Assignment Assignment )1-7Ref/def Period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Kamien, M., Schwartz, N., Dynamic Optimization, 2nd edition, 2000
  • Luenberger, D., Optimization by Vector Space Methods, 1969
  • Judd, K.L. (1998). Numerical methods in economics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Key words search

Research methods; mathematical methods; computational methods

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

BEEM136. Only available to students on the MRes Economics and MRES Economics (PHD Pathway) programmes.

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NQF level (module)


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