Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Chris Brooks

Email: c.brooks@icmacentre.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is a Finance Dissertation available only to students on the MSc Financial Research programme.

The aim of the dissertation is to allow students to define and execute a piece of research in finance on a topic of their choice, with direction from an academic supervisor and with assistance from a doctoral student support supervisor. They will develop high-level skills in literature review and critical evaluation, research design and analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Successful completion of the dissertation requires students to define and execute a piece of research in finance.
•They will be required to seek out and to critically evaluate published literature in a particular field.
•Students will improve their report-writing skills, learning how to structure their study, and how to place their findings in the wider context.

Additional outcomes:
The self-directed nature of study for this model should encourage students to be resourceful in their search for relevant literature and data, and to manage the various stages involved effectively, leading to timely submission of the finished piece.

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
An initial lecture will be held during the spring term to explain the objectives and required format of the dissertation, although almost all of the work will be conducted during the summer term and over the summer vacation. Students will then select a provisional topic or title, will submit it, and will be allocated an academic supervisor and a doctoral student support supervisor, and will commence work on the dissertation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1
Guided independent study 599
Total hours by term 600.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

1 dissertation

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission only as part of overall arrangements for MSc programme.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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