UCL Department of Economics


ECON0117 - Economics Undergraduate Research Dissertation (Term 2)

Term 2

Aims: To offer students a genuine research experience from finding and formulating a proper research question, searching and identifying useful, academic, literature and properly summarizing the current state of your subject area before going into an in-depth analysis of your chosen problem using advanced empirical and/or theoretical tools as well as making use of an extended selection of relevant academic and oftentimes technical papers.

Projects can be empirical, theoretical, data-driven, literature-driven and interdisciplinary.

To give excellent student a significant research experience under supervision of a member of staff and the module teacher. The thesis module is only available for about 15 students who will be selected on the basis of their year 2 results as well as on the basis of the proposal they have to submit on-line on Moodle before the August 1st prior to their third year.


  •     To undertake a significant piece of independent research work;
  •     To gain experience in reading, processing and summarizing a significant amount of literature on a specialised aspect of Economics;
  •     To gain practical experience in formulating research questions and refining these on the basis of relevant literature, data and discussions with fellow students and supervisor(s);
  •     To gain experience in finding and analysing data and/or using, developing and validating and estimating models;
  •     To report about individual work in “work-in-progress” presentations in the bi-weekly Thesis Seminar;
  •     To report about the research work in writing in a thesis of around 6500-8000 words.
Taught by:Frank Witte

One 10-15 minute “work-in-progress” presentation (10% of the overall mark), one Literature Review of 1500-2500 words (10% of the overall mark) to be submitted before the end of Term 1, and and a final dissertation of 6500-8000 words (80% of the total mark) to be submitted before the start of Term 3. Further details can be found in the module syllabus on the relevant Moodle page.

Suitable for:

Mandatory for:

Final year Economics (L100 & L101) students, open to Joint-Degree students with explicit written permission from their home department. Not open to affiliate students.  

Final year L102 students.


Students must have completed the first two years of their single- or joint-honours undergraduate degrees.

Maximum module enrolments:

Around 25. If the interest exceeds that number, students will be offered places on the basis of potential and merit.

Module Evaluation (Previous year): 
Moodle page:Economics Undergraduate Research Dissertation