Syllabus for Economics C: Thesis Work

Nationalekonomi C: Examensarbete

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  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 2NE770
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Economics G2E

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Social Sciences
  • Revised: 2012-06-18
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of Economics
  • Applies from: Spring 2012
  • Entry requirements:
  • Responsible department: Department of Economics

Learning outcomes

After this course the student should be able to:

• identify and formulate an economic research question,

• select and justify a scientific method relevant to the question at hand,

• structure a study and draw conclusions on the basis of his/her own analysis and possibly of previous research,

• apply basic economic theories on economic issues

• write an essay with good language,

• present verbal and written reviews of other scientific works and provide constructive suggestions.


The thesis is done in several steps according to a given schedule. First, students have to contact their supervisors and, in consultation with the supervisors, select a paper topic. Thereafter, an outline of the paper must be handed to the supervisors. This memo should include the pattern of the study, its goal (s) and its major sources.

An almost complete manuscript is submitted on the Student Portal about two months after the start of the semester. This manuscript will be presented and discussed at seminars and since it is considered as a work in progress it does not need to be completely finished. Yet it must cover at least 3/4 of the finished paper. A manuscript cannot be put forward for discussion if the supervisor finds it unsatisfactory

The manuscripts are treated in a series of compulsory seminars in which students must defend their own works and critically assess other students' manuscripts. Students will then revise and finish their papers with regard to seminar discussions and the supervisor's comments. Presence at all seminars is compulsory.

Finally, the finished paper must be uploaded on the Student Portal at the end of the semester. Later, the supervisors may ask the students to make some minor changes. The final versions must be sent to the supervisors.


The instruction consists both of supervision with a planning seminar and a mid-course seminar, and a final series of seminars. Participation in these seminars is compulsory. Furthermore, there is a method seminar at the beginning of the thesis work and individual supervision.


The finished paper is graded by the supervisor and another reviewer. The evaluation of the thesis depends on, among other things, the formulation of the research question, the structure of the study, analysis, application of concepts and theories, treatment of data and language. Furthermore, an active participation in the compulsory seminars is required for passing of the course. The grades are pass with distinction (VG), pass (G) or fail (U).

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.