Course code: ECON4006P
Course credits: 30
Dissertation co-ordinator: Ms Lovleen Kushwah
Entry requirements: Admission to an Honours programme in Economics with the exception of the BAcc and LLB degrees
Available to visiting students:No
Contact for more information: Gillian Weir
The dissertation is unique in that all the other elements of the programmes are taught courses whereas the dissertation is a piece of independent work. It is compulsory for all Honours students and joint Honours students can choose to undertake a dissertation in Economics or their other subject. The main aim of the dissertation is to convey the importance of research activity in extending knowledge of the discipline of economics and to provide guidance, supervision and support for students embarking on an independent piece of research-focused work. By the end of the dissertation, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to identify and frame an economic problem to be researched; summarise and synthesise relevant academic literature in a coherent and focused way; select relevant arguments and techniques and apply them to the chosen problem; draw supported and balanced conclusions from the analysis of the problem; demonstrate the capacity to sustain reasoned argument within the confines of available evidence and legitimate criticism. The dissertation can contain an empirical and/or a theoretical analysis.
The dissertation is required to be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length. Preparation should begin before the spring vacation of junior Honours, when students submit a dissertation proposal, and the dissertation must be submitted by the first Wednesday of Aprilin the senior Honours year. You must also comply with a number of deadlines during the research/writing process. Normally, after the summer vacation, the Effective Learning Adviser for the College of Social Sciences delivers a lecture on ‘How to write a dissertation’.