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The MSc Dissertation
From June – early September students undertake a research project, lightly supervised by a member of faculty , and submit a 10,000 word dissertation on or before the deadline in early September. A good dissertation will be a piece of original research, the best dissertations are published . The three-months dissertation project gives you the opportunity to acquire and enhance a number of skills including research skills, project management, organisation, software and writing.
The research methods course supports you in this project, providing training in:
- Research and academic writing skills
- Software (Matlab, Python, R, and Stata)
- Empirical econometric skills.
In total, over 30 hours of lecture support skill acquisition directly relevant to the dissertation project. Helpdesks are also provided during the dissertation writing period. Dissertations fall into four categories:
Empirical Empirical dissertations typically take an econometric model from an existing paper and applying it to a new data set and / or extending it. Such a project involves:
- A brief critical literature review of your chosen area
- Finding and understanding your dataset
- Learning the appropriate software
- Implementing your model
- Understanding, criticising and checking the robustness of your results.
Examples of recent empirical dissertations are:
- Corruption and Education in the Developing World
- Analysis of Chinese Stock Market Efficiency
- UK Wage Flexibility in the Aftermath of the Great Recession
- Hedonstic wage estimation and the market for head teachers: Evidence for England
- Does Microcredit Crowd Out Traditional Moneylending? An Example From Hyderabad.
- Estimating the Competitive Structure of the UK Petrol Retail Industry
- The impact of paid work on women’s empowerment.
Theoretical Theoretical dissertations typically take model from an existing paper and extending it in some interesting way. Such a project involves:
- Acquiring a deep understanding of your model, in the context of the core material you’ve covered
Examples of recent theoretical dissertations are:
- An Investigation of a Network Targeting Model with Bounded Rational Consumers
- The finite sample performance of single equation models of ordered choice
- Rotating Savings and Credit Associations: A Theoretical Analysis
- News aggregators and search engines: Thumping entrants in the newspapers industry
- Disaster risk in a New Keynesian model
Policy Policy dissertations undertake a critical analysis of some previously unexplored policy or policy issue. Such a project involves:
- A description of the economic principles involved in the policy decision
- A critical appraisal of existing or proposed policies.
Note policy dissertations may often involve an empirical component Examples of recent dissertations are:
- An assessment of the second round of quantitative easing policy in the UK: A BVAR approach
- Capital controls on outflows during financial crises: Are they effective?
- The technological factors in the economies of developing countries: Comparison of the effectiveness of public policies on innovation in Chile for local research and inward technology transfer
- Welfare participation by immigrants in the UK
- A study upon market structure characterised by regulation: Information and oligopoly conditions.
Analytical Survey An analytical survey dissertation provides a clear outline of the intellectual development of the a particular area. Such a project involves:
- A thorough understanding of the literature in your chosen area
- Explaining the extent to which different contributors were addressing similar of different questions and in what sense and how far one contribution marks a significant improvement over earlier ones.
- Critically assessing the different contributions and of the field as a whole.
Examples of recent dissertations are:
- Heterogeneous Adaptive Learning in Real Business Cycle Models
- The Great Moderation: A critical survey since the crisis
- What are the social costs and benefits of reversing innovations in mortgage markets?
- What explains the top income surge?
- A survey on observational learning and informational cascades: Are observational conditions simple enough to warrant simple predictions?
"I feel the course provided me with a far more sophisticated understanding of macroeconomic policy and a wealth of useful technical econometrics skills"
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UCL PhD theses in digital format can be found in UCL Discover y, but please note that some theses have restrictions on access, at least for a certain period of time, and UCL's Open Access Team can be contacted with any queries.
Records can also be found in Explore , and if we have a print copy, it may be possible to consult it in one of our libraries by filling in a Store Request Form in advance of a visit.
Older PhD theses which haven’t been scanned yet can be ordered via the British Library's EThOS service as they are digitizing them on demand, and for more information on theses generally see our web page .
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Your dissertation or research project will almost certainly require a search for literature on your topic, whether to identify selected research, to undertake a literature review or inform a full systematic review. Literature searches require planning, careful thought about what it is you wish to find out and a robust strategy to ensure you find relevant material.
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Doctoral theses in UCL’s repository
By Patrycja, on 25 October 2018
At UCL, candidates for research degrees are required to deposit an electronic copy of their final thesis in UCL’s Research Publications Service (RPS), to be made open access in UCL’s institutional repository, UCL Discovery . Students can choose to restric public access to their thesis, for a variety of reasons like future publication, copyright restriction or sensitive data, but most are made open access immediately, or after a delay period no longer than 12 months.
The requirement to submit an electronic copy of your thesis as a condition of award has been in place at UCL since 2009. In addition to that, we have retrospectively digitised theses from earlier years, as a part of a collaborative project with ProQuest. So far, about 3,500 theses have been made available in UCL Discovery as a part of this collaboration. Theses are also digitised through the British Library’s e-Theses Online Service ( EThOS ), upon request.
In total, there are over 10,500 theses available in UCL’s institutional repository, dating as far back as 1933 . UCL theses are amongst our most-downloaded items! The most popular is a 1990 thesis, Marketing theories and concepts for the international construction industry , available here . Amongst the theses available there are some completed by notable UCL alumni:
Julian Baggini , philosopher and author of popular books on philosophy, including A Short History of Truth , The Pig that Wants to be Eaten and 99 other thought experiments , and most recently How the World Think s. Baggini completed his PhD in 1996, and his thesis on philopsphy of idnetity was recently made available here: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10057733/
Adam Rutherford , geneticist and author, has produced several science documentaries, and hosts the BBC 4 radio programme Inside Science. He completed his PhD at UCL in 2002, and his thesis on the role of a specific gene (CHX10) on eye development was recently made available in UCL Discovery: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10057801/
Chris Van Tulleken , together with his twin brother and fellow doctor Xand, makes programmes on various aspects of health, most recently Operation Ouch for CBBC . He is also an infectious diseases doctor and MRC Clinical Research Fellow at University College London Hospital, and completed his PhD in 2017. Chris’ thesis is available here: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1567969/
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DIAL.mem : UCLouvain Electronic Master theses
DIAL.mem is the institutional repository for the Master theses of the UCLouvain. It aims at archiving a digital copy of all successful Master theses. Access to those copies is given where both the student and the institution have approved it. DIAL.mem is part of DIAL “Digital Access to Libraries” – the gateway to the electronic resources of the UCLouvain Libraries.
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