In this module, you will write an academic dissertation. The academic dissertation allows you to demonstrate your ability at identifying and analysing an economic problem using economic models and/or econometric methods. You will come up with a topic of your own choice, which can be theoretical or empirical in nature, manage self-driven enquiry and write up a piece of research.
The supervision arrangement for the academic dissertation will consist of one member of faculty. You are encouraged to seek your own supervisor.
The analytical skills developed and employed in this module will be applicable across institutions and countries and are multinational in nature.
By solving statistical mathematical problems and exercises, students are equipped with practical problem-solving skills, theoretical skills, and an understanding of mathematical relationships. All of these are highly valuable in both academic and non-academic jobs.
The resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
Full module specification
Only available to MRes Economics PhD pathway students
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Duration (weeks) - term 3: |
The aim of the dissertation is to allow you to develop skills to identify and analyse an economic problem. You will acquire knowledge of the existing literature, identify the key economic trade-offs, acquire necessary tools to analyse these trade-offs, and analyse the economic problem using economic and/or econometric techniques.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Provide literature and awareness of state of knowledge in a specific area.
- 2. Identify economic problems, show ability to provide mathematical representation and and or ability to collect and analyse data.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Relate real-life problems to subject specific knowledge examined through previous and current modules.
- 4. Assemble and synthesise a complex body of existing relevant research.
- 5. Utilise appropriate analytical or statistical techniques to reach an answer to a previously defined research question.
- 6. For empirical dissertations, utilise existing data sets or generate new ones through experiments/questionnaires.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Pursue, under supervision, a sustained program of individual work outside of a classroom setting.
- 8. Evaluate critically existing ideas and perceive areas of weakness or areas which may be usefully analysed.
- 9. Complete, as an individual, a multistage task within a defined period, as assisted by the supervision process.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||12 (3 per week)||Lectures|
|Contact hours||2||Initial preparatory sessions|
|Guided Independent Study||50||Deciding on topic and initial research|
|Guided Independent Study||50||Preparing the dissertation proposal|
|Guided Independent Study||350||Reading, researching, experiments, data analysis (as appropriate)|
|Guided Independent Study||138||Writing up|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Discussion of research projects, identifying research question, explaining research papers||Varies||1,3,6||Oral/Written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Presentation||30||30 min + 10 Questions||1-9||Oral/Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Presentation||Presentation 30% (30min)||1-9|
|Thesis||20000 words 70% (1-8 problems)||1-9|
Step 1: Dissertation proposals as agreed with module convenor.
Step 2: Proposal submission and assessment.
Step 3: Writing, presentation and submission of dissertation in September (exact date TBA).
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Students will develop a bibliography/reference list relevant to their chosen topic, under the guidance of their supervisor. The specific literature varies from topic to topic and will include textbooks and recent research articles.
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