ECON42020 Research & Career Skills 1

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module focuses on preparing students for their summer project - either a thesis or an internship. The module will focus on developing the students' research skills, as well as preparing them for the labour market.

It consists of
- Classes to help prepare students to conduct a research thesis
- Classes to help prepare students to find a suitable internship
- Classes to help prepare students for entering the labour market
- Seminars by invited speakers on academic research and on working as a professional economist

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

There are four main learning outcomes for this module. Students that complete this module successfully will have a solid understanding of:
1. How to conduct a piece of research for a project/thesis
2. How professional economists undertake research and present it to their peers
3. How to apply for a professional job/internship and prepare for job/internship interviews
4. What it is like to work as a professional economist.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will include topics such as:
- Economic resources from the Library & online
- Data sources to do research - accessing micro and macro datasets
- Information on MSc thesis & how to write your thesis
- Information on how to prepare a CV & interview skills
- Visits from professional economists who will talk to you about how they use economics (and economic research) in their jobs

Note these topics are indicative only and may be subject to change.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Multiple different teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module including reflective learning, class discussion, lectures and critical writing.
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
Assignment: Short summaries of class content and seminars Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Submit short MSc proposal Week 9 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Oral Examination: Meet with supervisor once during term Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Oana Peia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer