Finance Research Project

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
07 October 2022


Requisites for this module
BE311 and BE313 and BE314
BE936, BE938, BE939, BE940



Key module for

BSC N390 Banking and Finance,
BSC N390JS Banking and Finance,
BSC N390NS Banking and Finance,
BSC N391 Banking and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N300 Finance,
BSC N301 Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N302 Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N304 Finance (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module seeks to bring together knowledge and skills gained in earlier core and compulsory finance modules and enable students to apply and integrate their research skills, with a view to (i) critically investigate a contemporary issue in the broad area of finance, (ii) develop a deep understanding of a finance issue that is of interest to academia, companies, organisations, government and/or society more broadly, and (iii) reinforce the research-led and critical mind-set that is a hallmark of Essex graduates.

In their final year, students undertake an individual, independent and self-directed research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students will be provided with a list of suitable topics and be allocated a supervisor accordingly. In the Autumn term, students will attend a series of lectures designed to equip them with the tools to undertake the project. At the end of the Autumn term, students are expected to produce a first draft, outlining the structure of their dissertation and key relevant literature, that will be marked. The final submission of the complete dissertation is at the end of the Spring term.

By the end of this module, students will have developed their research skills, competencies and knowledge, which will enable them to engage in situations simulating real-life professional tasks and assignments. The project provides the opportunity to final year students to reflect on the application of finance theories and to develop a critical understanding of the contemporary issues in the finance area.

Module aims

• To enable students to synthesise, integrate, and apply previously acquired knowledge.
• To develop students' critical and analytical skills.
• To encourage the acquisition of autonomous study skills in the learning process, as a vital foundation for subsequent academic study, employment, professional and personal development, and participation in society.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:

• A capacity to synthesise, integrate, and apply previously acquired knowledge.
• An ability to locate, manipulate, and analyse numerical (including financial) data, critically evaluate arguments and empirical evidence, develop an argument (in writing), and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner.
• An ability to work autonomously and design a realistic and effective personal plan to achieve a final outcome.

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life
(Transferable Skills - reflecting the skills mapping recently undertaken in EBS)

* Improve your academic skills, such as literacy, numeracy, and ICT skills.
* Develop your research skills through independent data collection and analysis and the use of econometrics and statistics.
* Further your problem solving skills by setting a research question and independently devising a research plan to tackle it.
* Enhance your written skills through the development of an independent piece of research project.
* Improve your professional working skills, such as adaptability, flexibility, and adoption of new techniques.
* Broaden your personal development planning through target setting and action planning.

Analytical Domain
Academic and Cognitive Skills
A1 Synthesis and bringing together concepts and ideas
A2 Critical thinking
A3 Evaluation of evidence
A4 Creative problem solving
Data Analysis Skills
D1 Analysing quantitative data
D3 Analysing financial data
D4 Analysing Academic literature
D5 Analysis of different business reports
Personal Effectiveness Domain
Soft Skills
S3 Showing adaptability to changing circumstances
S4 Showing own initiative
S5 Demonstrating motivation to succeed
Communication Skills
C2 Expressing research findings in report or slide deck
C5 Argumentation / Essay writing skills
Professional Practice Domain
Technology Skills
T1 Core IT skills (word, excel, PowerPoint, outlook)
T2 Working with data interactively (dashboards, databases)
T3 Understanding specialist software for your subject including programming and project management tools
T4 Understanding data visualisation and manipulation using industry benchmark software
Research Skills
R1 Identifying research and aims
R2 Identifying suitable frameworks and models to aid research aims
R3 Using different research methods appropriately
R4 Reporting research findings
R5 Identifying application of research
R6 Understanding plagiarism and referencing
Finance Skills
F1 Understand concepts and methodologies used to explain the behaviour of different financial market participants and the functioning of different financial market types
F2 Apply key concepts and methodologies used to explain the behaviour of different financial market participants and the functioning of different financial market types

Learning and teaching methods

• Lectures: 1 week x 1 hour and 4 weeks x 2 hour lectures in the Autumn term. • Additional support: 10 weeks x 2 x 2 hour drop-in sessions for support with databases, data collection, and econometric packages in the Spring term. • Structured supervision: - 2 meetings with the supervisor allocated to students according to the topic of their project in the Autumn term. - 2 meetings with the supervisor, plus one informal detailed feedback on the dissertation draft prior to final submission in the Spring term.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non - essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   DRAFT OUTLINE  15/12/2022  30% 
Coursework   Finance Research Project  31/03/2023  70% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anna Sarkisyan, email:
Dr Stefano Filomeni, Dr Anna Sarkisyan, Dr Hardy Thomas, Dr Thanos Verousis



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 34 hours, 32 (94.1%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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