ICM324-Research Project

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

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 piece of original research (9-10,000 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 (potentially) 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.

  • 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 research project of circa 9-10,000 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 research project. Students will then 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, and will commence work on the project. There will be two taught days and two individual supervision meetings. Where appropriate materials and learning will also be shared through the Virtual Learning Environme nt (VLE) that is intended to facilitate and aid your learning journey within the MSc Programme.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 4
Project Supervision 2
Guided independent study:      
    Other 286
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Research project of circa 9-10,000 words (submission date tbc)

Formative assessment methods:

Submission of progress report and final report as the basis for discussion with supervisors and peer review sessions. 

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

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: 4 April 2020


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