UCL Department of Economics


ECON0080 - Research Methods 


The Research Methods course is a core course of the MSc in Economics and MSc in Economic Policy programmes. The course is designed to lay the foundations for research in economics or for work as a professional economist. The course covers different aspects of the research toolbox of modern economists. The Research Methods course is organised in three modules: Mathematics and Statistics, Academic Skills for Economists and Empirical Econometric Skills. The aim of these modules is to introduce or review the tools students need in order to master the material presented in the taught part of the MSc in Economics and MSc in Economic Policy programmes on the one hand and to enable progress towards independent research for the dissertation and for work as a professional economist on the other hand. 

Structure of the Research Methods course: 

Taught by:Mathematics and Statistics: Yu-Lin Lin and Daniel Wilhelm; Academic Skills: Kieron Jones and Valérie Lechene; Empirical Econometric skills: Valérie Lechene
Assessment:A closed-book, two-hour, final Maths and Stats exam in the second week of the programme, the marks for which count toward the MSc award. Depending upon individual results of the final exam, students may be asked to attend a weekly problem class in Term 1. For those who fail the exam at the first attempt, the re-sit exam will take place in the following Term 3 final exams period.
Academic skills and Empirical Econometric skills for economists are assessed in the dissertation.
Suitable for:Graduate students