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The MSc Dissertation


From June – September students undertake a research project supervised by a member of faculty and submit a 10,000 word dissertation to a deadline in mid-September.  A good dissertation will be a piece of original research, the best dissertations are published.  The three months project gives you the opportunity to acquire and enhance a number of skills including research skills, project management, organisation, software and writing.


The research methods course supports you in this project, providing training in

  • Research and academic writing skills
  • Software (Matlab, Eviews and Stata)
  • Empirical econometric skills

In total, there are 36 hours of lectures covering these skills and supporting students in writing their dissertation. Helpdesks are also provided during the dissertation writing period.

Dissertations fall into four categories: