Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Antony Moore
Email: t.moore@icmacentre.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Students will identify, design and carry out a substantial piece of original research (15-18,000 words) on a topic related to financial regulation. They will develop independent research skills and also improve their communication skills. This module is for students studying MSc in Financial Regulation (FCA) only.


The aim of the dissertation 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 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 financial regulation.

  • They will be required to seek out and to critically evaluate published literature in a particular field, develop a methodology and analyse data.

  •  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 dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

An initial lecture will be held to explain the objectives and required format of the dissertation. Students will then select a provisional topic or title, will submit it, and will be allocated an academic supervisor and a Subject Matter Expert at the Financial Conduct Authority (or other regulator), and will commence work on the dissertation. Where appropriate materials and learning will also be shared through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that is intended to facilitate and aid your learning journey within the MSc Programme 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6 6
Seminars 4 4 4
Project Supervision 2 12 2
Guided independent study:      
    Carry-out research project 188 178 124
    Dissertation writing 64
Total hours by term 200 200 200
Total hours for module 600

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

15-18,000 word research dissertation due in or after week 10 of the Summer term

Formative assessment methods:

Submission of preliminary proposal, literature review, draft outline, progress report, provisional report, and final report as the basis for discussion with supervisors and peer review sessions.

Penalties for late submission:

In accordance with university policy.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50% weighted average mark

Reassessment arrangements:

By resubmission of dissertation only, as part of the overall examination arrangements for the MSc programme

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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