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EC4499 Dissertation in Economics

SCOTCAT credits:40
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Semester:Whole Year
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of any Honours Economics Programmes.
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 12.00 noon Thu (Weeks 2, 4 and 8 only)

This module is designed to develop students' independent research, writing and presentation skills. The dissertation should present original research applying economic and/or econometric methods to a selected topic in economics. The topic should be chosen by students in consultation with their supervisor. Students require approval for their preliminary dissertation outline from both the supervisor and the Principal Module Teacher by the end of the first week of Semester 1. The maximum number of words allowed is 15,000 but students will be advised to cover the topic in around 12,000. The lecture part of the module will train students' research skills in framing a research hypothesis, conducting bibliographic research, writing a literature survey, structuring a research paper, and presenting research results.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Single & Joint Honours Economics, Financial Economics

UG Pre-requisite(s):EC3301 and 40 credits from EC3302-EC3350, EC4401.
UG Anti-requisite(s):EC4498

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:5 lectures and 6 meetings with supervisor over the year.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 11
  • Guided independent study: 389

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 20%
  • Coursework: 80%
UG As used by St Andrews:Dissertation = 80%, Coursework = 20%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr S Braun
Module teaching staff:TBC