Courses Research Seminar in Economics

26170 Research Seminar in Economics , 5 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language
Course description

The course aims to support the writing of the master's thesis in the major subject. During the course you receive support and individual counseling from your thesis supervisor for producing a thesis. You also get feedback from your co-students when presenting your own master thesis project in your seminar group. The course contains individual counselling and group discussions. During the course you will partly work on your own thesis, partly review and comment your co-student’s thesis projects.

Read more about the master’s thesis on the web.

The course is taught together with the Swedish seminar course in Economics. 

Learning Goal

You have the skills to independently plan, complete, present and evaluate scientific research projects.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • identify and formulate a suitable research problem and purpose
  • identify, assess and present relevant literature/research within the chosen field of research
  • argue for the chosen scientific approach, research method and data
  • orally and in writing conduct a scientific argumentation
  • analyze, discuss and provide constructive feedback on others' research plans and ongoing research projects
Additional Information

Some methods or topics may require ethical review by Hanken’s Ethics Committee.

Target Group

Only Hanken degree students with Economics as their major subject.


Completed bachelor’s degree and
10 credits in your major subject (advanced level studies)
5 credits method’s courses (advanced level studies)


Seminars and counselling. Mandatory attendance in accordance with the course programme.

Total Student Workload

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 15-35 h
Non-scheduled work: 99-119 h

Recommended Time of Performance

The seminar course is to be started in the Autumn semester during the second year of your master’s studies. 

The courses Academic Writing: Apprentice Level (51003, 2 cr) and Mastering Academic Writing (51004, 3 cr) support the thesis writing and are recommended to be taken simultaneously with the seminar course.

If the major subject studies include more than 5 credits method courses, the additional 5 credits can be taken simultaneously with the seminar course. At least 5 credits method courses need to be completed before taking the seminar course.


Work in relation to own project (seminar paper, presentation, process) 40 %
Work in relation to co-student’s projects (opponens, discussion, activity) 60 %

Students who have completed the earlier seminar course as 12 credits cannot take this course.