UCL Department of Economics


Economics Independent Research Project - ECON0042

ECON0042 > undergraduate module > 2020/21.

Module leaders: Frank Witte.
Intended teaching term: Term 1.
Credits: 15 (FHEQ Level 6).

Year: Final.

UCL Module Catalogue: economics-independent-research-project/ECON0042


You will experience what it means to undertake an independent research project, 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 attempting to answer your research question on the basis of literature and your own analysis. Projects can be empirical, theoretical, data-driven, literature-driven and interdisciplinary, and you will be guided to also identify and contact experts in the field of your topic.

Suitable for

Final year single-honours Economics (L100 and L101) students only. Cannot be taken with ECON0117: Economics UG Research Dissertation. Open to Joint-Degree students only with explicit permission of their home department. Not open to Affiliate students.


Students must be in the final year of their single- or joint-honours undergraduate degrees.

Assumed knowledge

Students coming into the module should have a good understanding of economics theory (both microeconomics and macroeconomics) as well as good essay writing and presentation skills.


Methods of assessment are as detailed in the UCL Module Catalogue.


A change from ECON0042 to the 30-credit Dissertation ECON0117 is only possible during for those who (1) started ECON0042 in Term 1, (2) have decided to request this before December 1st and (3) whose work during term 1 indicates a 30 credit dissertation would be completed with excellent results.