MQM3RC08-Research Project in Financial Regulation

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Andrew Urquhart

Type of module:

Summary module description:

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

This module is for students studying the MSc in Regulation and Compliance (Degree Apprenticeship) only.


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 related to their work, with direction from an academic supervisor.  It is also recommended that the student finds a Subject Matter Expert from their employer. They will develop high-level skills in literature review and critical evaluation, research design and analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • 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 work-based research project of circa 6-8,000 words on a topic of their choice.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

An initial lecture will be held to explain the objectives and required format of the work-based research project. As part of the preceding module (MQM3RC07), students will select a provisional topic or title, will submit it, and will be allocated an academic supervisor and encouraged to find a Subject Matter Expert from their employer. This will allow them to commence work on the project promptly at the start of this module. There wi ll be two taught days and two individual supervision meetings. 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 10
Seminars 4
Project Supervision 2
Guided independent study:      
    Advance preparation for classes 12
    Carry-out research project 172
Total hours by term 0 0 200
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Research project of circa 6-8,000 words (submission date 20 June 2022)

Formative assessment methods:

Presentation of progress reports as the basis for discussion with supervisors and peer review sessions.

Penalties for late submission:

Submission of coursework by your original deadline date or formally agreed extension to deadline date will not incur penalties. 

Submission of coursework within 30 calendar days of your original deadline date (or formally agreed extension to deadline date) will incur a 10 marks reduction. 

Submission of coursework more than 30 calendar days of your original deadline date (or formally agreed extension to deadline date) will incur a zero mark. 


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: 25 May 2021


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