Module code: EC3004
Module co-ordinator: Professor Clive Fraser

It has been said: “Technical skills will get you an interview; soft skills will get you the job and help you to keep it.” Your dissertation is a chance to develop and/or enhance employment-relevant 'soft skills' that economics graduates should possess. Non-exhaustively, these skills include:

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Commitment, or an ability to work on important tasks with only minimal supervision because of intrinsic motivation
  • Time management
  • Creativity
  • Responsibility
  • Ability to work under pressure

Your dissertation will involve detailed study of, reporting on, and presentation of one article, or a small number of related articles, chosen from leading economic journals.   

Topics covered

  • What we look for in a good report
  • How can my dissertation experience improve my employment prospects?
  • How I put my dissertation experience into practice – input from an employer re. the value of skill development related to the dissertation
  • Planning and structuring your dissertation (the Learning Development Team)
  • How to write well
  • Giving a good presentation


  • 8 one-hour lectures, demonstrations and trial presentations


  • Dissertation, 3,000 words (50%)
  • Powerpoint (20%)
  • Presentation, 15 minutes (30%)
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