ECNP098 - Dissertation in Economics for Business and Policy

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures, assessment and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.


Module Co-ordinator

 Dr Mirko Moro





Credit value


Contact hours

8 hours (392 hours of independent study) 


100% coursework (up to 20,000,words).  Resit opportunity available.

The dissertation is the largest single piece of work a student will do on their degree programme. Dissertations must demonstrate evidence of an understanding of theoretical and empirical knowledge gained on the programme and the ability to apply it in the context of the chosen topic. Dissertations will normally possess a quantitative focus and students are required to demonstrate an understanding of research design, methodology, data collection methods, methods of analysis, and the ability to synthesise material in addressing a topical issue. Dissertations allow some measure of specialisation at the end of your programme in a direction which suits your personal needs and interests. The specialisations are in the area of sustainability and environmental management depending on the pathway chosen.  The dissertation has at least two features that distinguish it:

  • It involves individual and original work, the subject and conduct of which is student's own responsibility;
  • A constructive relationship with a supervisor in their role of advisor and guide through the process.

The aims and objectives of the module

After completing this module, students should have developed skills in the following areas:

  • The principles and practice of quantitative research with a practical view of the whole process from idea to required output;
  • Defining hypotheses and research questions and prioritising these in relation to contemporary economic policy and business need;
  • Finding, selecting and reviewing literature;
  • Methodology, instrumentation and research design;
  • Analysing data, interpreting evidence;
  • Presenting and writing research reports and dissertations;
  • Planning and managing management research projects;
  • Ethical issues in research.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students are expected to have developed the following learning outcomes and skills:

Specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject

  • Acquire knowledge, skills and experience for a successful career in business and policy analysis in public, private and non-profit sectors;
  • Develop an understanding of principles of economics and how these are applied to evaluate macroeconomic and microeconomic performances;
  • Develop an ability to design and apply data analysis to business and policy issues.

Generic skills (e.g. Information skills/oral and written communication skills/numeracy/team working/personal organisational skills)

  • Develop quantitative skills to enable the understanding and evaluation of official statistics, business and consulting reports, research and economic policy;
  • Develop and enhance capabilities and confidence for championing business and policy analysis across all type of organisations;
  • Understand the impact of sustainability on business and policy decisions and performance;
  • Develop consultancy skills.

Cognitive: (e.g. analytical/problem-solving/interpretative/critical reasoning)

  • Develop and enhance personal, critical, analytical, interpersonal, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.


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