The full time Applied Economics Research Course is an important part of your Bachelor’s programme.  The research paper you write in this course is the final piece of your bachelor. 

Prerequisites period 2

Students who started in/after 2014-2015

  • The student must have 135 ECTS in September of the academic year in which the student wants to follow the Applied Economic Research Course. Before the start of the course the student must have passed 'Econometrics' and two level 3 courses of which at least one needs to be an economics course;
  • Pass of academic skills assessment.

Students who started in/before 2013-2014

  • The student must have 135 ECTS in September of the academic year in which the student wants to follow the Applied Economic Research Course. Before the start of the course the student must have passed 'Econometrics' or 'Advanced Mathematics' and two level 3 courses of which at least one needs to be an economics course;
  • Passing degrees for all academic skills.

Prerequisites period 4

Students who started in/after 2014-2015

  • The student must have 90 ECTS in September of the academic year in which the student wants to follow the Applied Economics Research Course;
  • Before the start of the course the students must have passed 'Econometrics' and two level 3 courses of which at least one needs to be an economics course;
  • Pass of academic skills assessment.

Students who started in/before 2013-2014

  • The student must have 90 ECTS in September of the academic year in which the student wants to follow the Applied Economic Research Course. Before the start of the course the student must have passed 'Econometrics' or 'Advanced Mathematics' and two level 3 courses of which at least one needs to be an economics course;
  • Passing degrees for all academic skills.

Assessment

  • Research paper; grade should be at least 5.5 not rounded up (80% of the final grade);
  • Participation and feedback in the project group (10% of the final grade);
  • Presentations (literature review, own research, 10% of the final grade).

For more information look at the Course Catalogue.

Deadlines
Students do research on a topic defined by supervisors from U.S.E. Under certain conditions, you can work on your own topic. In that case, you need to send a research proposal in time. See the course catalogue for details.

Deadlines for such a proposal:  
Period 2 30 September 2018
Period 4 3 February 2019

You will be notified in time if the proposal is approved.

Handing in paper:
Period 2 24 January 2019
Period 4 27 June 2019

Other deadlines can be found in the Course Manual.

Publish your thesis
It is not mandatory, but we recommend you to submit your thesis to the Students Theses Archive.

Tips and tricks
We have also created four YouTube tutorials to help you organise and write the thesis:

1.Finding references and including them efficiently in your thesis
2.How to structure the master thesis
3.Tips and tricks for managing the thesis and communicating with your supervisor
4.How to convert your STATA output automatically into nice Word Tables.
5.Libguide: overview on much consulted information sources Economics

Subscriptions to databases
U.S.E. has acquired subscriptions to Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), Compustat, Bank Focus, and Eikon. Compustat covers financial information and executive compensation data for publicly listed companies in the United States. WRDS provides access to Compustat and other free databases using a Web interface, SAS, Matlab, Python and R. Furthermore, WRDS offers a cloud environment with a SAS 9.4 installation. See https://uufinancedata.wordpress.com/ for more information and manuals.

Information session
On 11 December 2018 an information session was held on The Applied Economics Research Course. The next sessions will be in September (P2) and December 2019 (P4).

Workshops
Need to improve your skills? You can go to the Skills lab.

External research
Under certain circumstances it is possible for students to do an external research as part of the Applied Economics Research Course. Always contact the course coordinator of this course first, to discuss the possibilities. For the specific criteria, please check the Course Catalogue.

Approval form (pdf) (for external research as part of the Applied Economics Research Course)