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.

Please note:

You can enroll for this course for only one occasion in the academic year. Enrolment is only possible during the regular enrolment dates. If you missed the enrolment dates, you can send a request to the course coordinator for a position on the waiting list.

If there are any remaining open positions, they will be allocated to students on the waiting list by the course coordinator.

 

Prerequisites period 2

  • 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.

Prerequisites period 4

  • 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.

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.

Preliminary deadlines for such a proposal:  
Period 2 26 September 2021
Period 4 30 January 2022

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

Handing in paper:
Period 2 27 January 2022
Period 4 30 June 2022

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

Research Data Management

When you write a thesis, you are dealing with Research Data Management: processing data and possibly also personal data, for example when you conduct interviews. In the latter case, you are then dealing with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You also need to secure your data properly at all times. It is therefore important that you know what you have to comply with in terms of legislation and university frameworks. Please figure this out before you start writing your thesis. Your thesis supervisor can help you with this, ask for the guidelines. More information can be found on the following websites:

Subscriptions to databases

U.S.E. has acquired subscriptions to Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), Compustat, Bank Focus, and Factset. 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 15 December 2020 an information session was held on The Applied Economics Research Course. The next sessions will be in September (P2) and December 2021 (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)