The economics dissertation is intended to enable a student to deepen his or her understanding of a particular area of Economics.
It gives students the opportunity to work with a supervisor to produce a work of academic research of approximately 8,000 words in length. The dissertation prepares the student for independent research and postgraduate study.
Dissertations can take a wide variety of forms.
Students can opt for an empirical, theoretical, case study, or literature review approach, among others. Approaches are agreed between supervisors and students in the early stages of the dissertation process.
It is not compulsory for students to use econometric techniques in a Dissertation.
This course is optional for students on the Economics Major or the PPE Economics programmes.
Students are encouraged to use their knowledge, experience and ideas from their wider studies outside Economics. However, in order to be acceptable as part of the Economics Major, the dissertation topic must be deemed by the supervisor to be an economic topic, and written in a style appropriate to a piece of academic work in Economics.
The Dissertation course includes a compulsory viva voce examination at the end of the process.