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Practical tips on writing a Master’s dissertation in Economics

Your dissertation will be the most important part of your Master’s Degree work. Writing a Master’s thesis is not a piece of cake. Here are some tips to make your journey a little smoother:

Pick a research topic that you will be tested on

This way you can impress your lecturers with your exhaustive knowledge gained in the course of your literature review. Examiners get tired of reading lecture notes regurgitated. It can be a two for one if your literature review helps you ace a written examination.

Consider your long term career goals

Potential employers will be more interested in talking about your dissertation than your grades. Pick a topic that is in line with your career goals. In short, let it be something that can make you look good when you are talking to a recruiter.

Seek Advice

Before settling on one research topic ask other students and academicians for tips on the practicalities of research. Take time to discuss the costs, time factor and access to information. The topic should be one that is reasonably researchable.

Do a good literature review

Read extensively for the literature review. It is this reading that will inform everything about the research.

Build a Model

In this section, you can use a model to explain certain phenomena from your literature review you can easily get a few ideas for your model building. The reading should be good enough to inspire you to come up with interesting ideas for the model.

Data sources

Never decide on a thesis topic without considering the availability of data. The data should be available and in a relatively timely and cheap manner. If no, then you may have chosen an impractical research topic. Get inspiration from your lecture notes, media articles, the literature review, and by talking to your supervisor.

Work within the given timelines

If certain deadlines have been set by the department, you have to make sure you work within them. Sometimes faculties will penalize students for failing to meet deadlines. Let your work be organized well so that you can finish in time.

Avoid plagiarism

Read up on what exactly constitutes plagiarism and how you can avoid it. Plagiarism can lead to severe consequences like a dismissal. Even it is not discovered at that moment; plagiarism can endanger your future career plans. Plagiarism can either be intentional or non-intentional – so you better learn how to avoid doing it. The Economics dissertation may either be based on empirical research (data-based) or on a long literature review.