ECON40090 Thesis

Academic Year 2023/2024

Each student is required to undertake an individual research project that exhibits original investigation, analysis and interpretation. The purpose of the MSc thesis is to enable the student to develop deeper knowledge, understanding, capabilities and attitudes in the context of the programme of study. The thesis should be written at the end of the programme and offers the opportunity to delve more deeply into and synthesise knowledge acquired in previous studies. A thesis for the MSc in Economics should place emphasis on the technical/scientific aspects of the subject matter.

The overall goal of the thesis is for the student to display the knowledge and capability required for independent work.

Unlike standard coursework, research is a relatively unstructured activity. Student must self pace and self monitor their own progress. Regularity of supervision will be set in accordance with their supervisor.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The key learning outcomes for the MSc thesis are for the student to demonstrate:

- Specialist knowledge in the area of their research.
- The ability to initiate research and to formulate viable research questions.
- The capacity to design, conduct and report original research.
- The ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and scholarly literature.
- The ability to critique literature and conduct analyses at a Masters level.
- The ability to undertake and present empirical/theoretical work.
- Present research findings and argument in a suitably structured and sequenced thesis that conforms to protocols of academic presentation and research practice.

Indicative Module Content:

N/A - Students must write an MSc thesis.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Critical writing, self reflection 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Project: Thesis Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Assoc Professor Stefanie Haller Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Oana Peia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer