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Master 2021/2022

Research Seminar in Financial Economics

Type: Compulsory course (Financial Economics)
Area of studies: Economics
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Financial Economics
Language: English
ECTS credits: 7

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Master ‘s research seminar is a compulsory part of the curriculum of the ICEF master’s programme “Financial Economics”. The main goals of the seminar is to teach students research techniques used in modern economics and finance, to familiarize them with the research agenda of ICEF faculty as well as the research methodology they employ , and help students to develop their research and presentation skills. The seminar is attended by both MSc student cohorts. It is conducted in English.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To acquaint students with contemporary research topics, in particular those developed by their potential supervisors
  • To expose them to up-to-date research techniques in economics and finance
  • To motivate students towards an early start on their research projects
  • To develop students’ academic writing skills
  • To develop their presentation skills and abilities to participate in academic discussions
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze contemporary research topics
  • Apply up-to-date research techniques in economics and finance
  • Able to set pace of the research project
  • Use up-to-date research techniques in economics and finance;
  • Able to participate in academic discussions
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Presentations of research supervisors.
    Research supervisors present potential MSc Thesis topics, their own research agenda and research methodology to the incoming MSs 1st year students (and 2nd year students who wish to change their topic/supervisor). Attendance is mandatory for MSc 1st year.
  • Introduction into research work
    Research question and structuring of the paper, organization of work, working with data sources, software, etc. Series of introductory lectures for the 1st year students.
  • Thematic and Reading group meetings
    2nd and 1st year students present their plan of research and discuss it under the guidance of ICEF full-time and part-time teachers.
  • Spring mini research conference
  • Bloomberg terminal training session
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation of the intermediate course paper results
  • non-blocking Reports
  • non-blocking Introductory lectures session test
  • non-blocking Bloomberg terminal training session final test
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.1 * Bloomberg terminal training session final test + 0.1 * Introductory lectures session test + 0.5 * Presentation of the intermediate course paper results + 0.3 * Reports
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Wayne C. Booth et al. The Craft of Research (4th ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • A guide for the young economist : writing and speaking effectively about economics, Thomson, W., 2001