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Research Methods for Economics

Module Code: TBC

  • ECTS Credit: 10
  • Mandatory/Optional: Core module (compulsory)
  • Period: Semester 3
  • Module Coordinator: Dr. Tara Mitchell
  • Teaching Staff: Dr. Tara Mitchell

Module Content

This module introduces students to the principal theoretical perspectives involved in research design, fieldwork, and data analysis and ethical considerations in research. Students will also receive training in referencing, academic writing, proposal writing and the use of computer-based analysis packages.  Students will learn the skills of critical reading and review.   They will formulate their dissertation research topic within this module, develop a research schedule and select appropriate methodologies for their particular dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:


MLO8.1   Critically evaluate research in economics across a broad range of fields
MLO8.2   Compare different research techniques and approaches
MLO8.3   Critique papers in economics and apply this to their dissertation
MLO8.4   Clearly communicate their ideas and present effectively
MLO8.5   Plan a comprehensive dissertation which will connect closely with the MSc course

Module Assessment

Continuous assessment [100%]: It will involve a practical application of material studied during the module and presentation of research proposals for dissertations.