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1st Year Research Project ECON5078P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The 1st year Research Project provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and engage in the independent research in Economics. The course allows students to choose an intended area of specialization, to deepen their knowledge of the chosen sub-field, and to undertake initial research in the chosen area.


Independent work. Two hours of initial lectures in 2nd semester on advanced research design framework. Three to six scheduled feedback meetings with an appointed supervisor are organized before/during the summer.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written Assignment (of a nature, individually agreed upon with the mentor and approved by Program convener and Graduate Committee), submitted at the end of August or beginning of September.

Course Aims

The course aims to develop applied skills and expertise in the independent study of economics. Students have the opportunity to critically apply knowledge and skills learned in the Research Methods and Research Design course, as well as the core Economics courses, by means of working on an individual research project under close supervision by a research supervisor. Individual work is preceded by initial classroom training.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


• Design an independent research project through formulating research questions which are amenable to empirical investigation, selecting a research design and critically evaluating alternative approaches to research;

• Critically apply a broad range of research methods, (including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods), and the use of appropriate software for their application;

• Identify and apply key capabilities for managing research, including data management and research dissemination in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics;

• Recognise and reflect in research designs the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design, and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques;

• Critically discuss the principles of the scientific method;

• Develop and implement good ethical practices across the entire research process. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.