ECON42300 Research & Career Skills 2

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module focuses on preparing students for their summer trimester, during which they will be either undertake a supervised thesis or an internship. Students will deepen their understanding of research in Economics by attending research seminars. The module includes a series of lectures on research skills and preparing for the job market. Students are also required to submit their thesis/internship proposal and to give a presentation at the MSc Jamboree.

It consists of
- Classes to help prepare students to conduct an MSc 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 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 an MSc thesis
2. How professional economists undertake research and present it to their peers
3. How to apply for a professional job and prepare for job interviews
4. What it is like to work as a professional economist.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will include topics such as:
- Information on how to write your thesis
- Information on how to find an internship
- Information on how to present a research paper
- 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
Specified Learning Activities




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Multiple different teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module including student presentations, 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
Presentation: Present at the MSc Jamboree Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Continuous Assessment: Seminar reports and class participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Submit research proposal motivation and literature review Week 7 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Oral Examination: Meet with supervisor twice in the 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?

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Name Role
Dr Oana Peia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer