Checking date: 08/04/2022

Course: 2023/2024

Advanced Research Methods
Master in Economic Development and Growth (Plan: 242 - Estudio: 255)

Coordinating teacher: SANTIAGO CABALLERO, CARLOS

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Basic understanding of research methods in social sciences.
- to learn to design an academic research project - to develop a research project on the basis of the existing literature - to position a reseach project within the existing literature and to evaluate its originality and contribution to the state of knowledge - to identify the relevant bibliography - to search for qualitative and quantitative sources and construct databases
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- How to formulate a hypothesis - How to design and develop a research project - Identifying the relevant bibliography - How to find data and construct a database - Data processing - Discussion of results
Learning activities and methodology
Theoretical knowledge is acquired by: - Lectures in which the basic techniques and know-how to be known by the student are presented. Training of abilities and skills by - Sessions on finding data and identifying bibliography using bibliographic databases, etc. (presential sessions or at-home assignments) that are related to the content of the Master degree - Application of the research methods to a specific investigation during the course, normally related to the topic chosen by each student for her/his master thesis
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Blaxter, Lorraine, Hughes, Christina, Tight, Malcolm. How to research. Open University Press. 2006
  • Dunleavy, Patrick. Authoring a PhD. How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation. Palgrave Macmillan. 2003
  • Ragin, Charles C.. Constructing social research: the unity and diversity of method. Pine Forge Press. 1994
  • Umberto Eco. Come si fa una tesi di laurea. Saggio. 1977
Additional Bibliography
  • Angrist, J.D./Pischke, J.-S.. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion. Princeton University Press. 2009
  • Estelle M Phillips, Derek S Pugh. How to Get a PhD. Open University Press. 2000
  • Gary Koop. Analysis of Economic Data. Wiley. 2009
  • Jeffrey M. Wooldridge. Introductory Econometrics. A Modern Approach. Thompson. 2006
  • McCloskey, Deirdre N. Economical Writing. Waveland. 2000
  • Miller, Jane E.. The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis. Chicago University Press. 2006
  • Ravaillon, Martin. Evaluating Anti-Poverty Programs (Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 4, pp. 3787-3846). Amsterdam: Elsevier. 2007

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.