ICM307-Research Project

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Anthony Moore

Email: t.moore@icmacentre.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Students will identify, design and carry out a piece of original research (6-8,000 words) on a topic related to financial regulation. They will develop independent research skills and also improve their communication skills


The aim of the research project is to allow students to define and execute a piece of research in financial regulation on a topic of their choice, with direction from an academic supervisor and a Subject Matter Expert at the Financial Conduct Authority (or other regulator). They will develop high-level skills in literature review and critical evaluation, research design and analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Successful completion of the research project requires students to define and execute a piece of research in financial regulation.

  • 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:

Students will write a research project of circa 8,000 words. 

Global context:

This 20-credit module provides the last module for the final Masters stage (pathway A) of the MSc in Financial Regulation. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

An initial lecture will be held to explain the objectives and required format of the business project.  Students will then select a provisional topic or title, will submit it, and will be allocated an academic supervisor and an FCA mentor, and will commence work on the research project.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 6 6
Project Supervision 1 2
Guided independent study 43 142
Total hours by term 50.00 150.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:


1 research project

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):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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