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Research Seminar

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
1 year, 1-4 module


Rogova, Elena

Course Syllabus


Research seminar for the 1st year Masters in Finance consists of four modules. Module 1, "Research Methods in Economics and Finance", aims at the expanding of students’ knowledge on research philosophy and methods, with the focus on research in economics and finance. Module 2, "Academic Writing", pursues the development of written communication skills as necessary part of academic career development. These skills include papers planning, structuring, writing and formatting. Module 3, "Models of Financial Analytics and Management", has as a general objective the development of special research methodologies in finance. Module 4, "Soft skills development for research", is devoted to the development of such skills as team-building and team-working, cross-cultural communications, and time-management.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Development of students’ research abilities in the broad area of finance, as at the development of academic writing and presentation skills.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to formulate the topic, research question and objectives of their research.
  • Students know key principles and approach to performing research in economic socio-economic studies.
  • Students are able to find and formulate good topics in finance.
  • Students are able to choose appropriate methods, modify existing approach or develop new approaches to solve research problems.
  • Students know major areas of studies in finance and the spheres of their implications.
  • Students are able to use different sources, including Internet-based sources, for their search of information.
  • Students know modern methods of empirical studies in finance.
  • Students are able to develop the research programme.
  • Students know main requirements to academic writing.
  • Students are able to structure papers according to the principles of academic writing.
  • Students demonstrate skills of efficient information search.
  • Students demonstrate skills of appropriate citing.
  • Students are able to use appropriate language constructions.
  • Students demonstrate skills of independent logical and critical thinking.
  • Students demonstrate skills of good timing of their research.
  • Students are able to develop logical and analytical models and create research framework and design.
  • Students demonstrate skills of data analysis and processing.
  • Students demonstrate skills of research results presentation.
  • Students demonstrate skills of using computer systems of information management (EndNote etc.).
  • Students demonstrate skills of team work.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Research: objectives and features
  • Research philosophy. Research topic
  • Research problem
  • Literature review
  • Search strategies
  • Research methods. Empirical research.
  • Sampling strategies
  • How to create an academic paper: an introduction
  • The structure of a paper
  • Literature sources search
  • How to use sources in the text. Rules of citing. Plagiarism
  • How to write an abstract, introduction, body and conclusion
  • Critical writing skills
  • Planning the paper. Time scheduling
  • Methods of financial analytics
  • Case studies in finance
  • Experiments in finance
  • Team-building, time management and cross-cultural communications
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Assignment #1
    Individual home assignment (the review of two papers with different research philosophies (objectivist and subjectivist)).
  • non-blocking Assignment #2
    Individual home assignment with follow-up presentation and report (the formulation of the research topic and the research question).
  • non-blocking Assignment #3
    Individual home assignment with follow-up presentation and report (development and presentation of the search strategy).
  • non-blocking Assignment #4
    Individual home assignment, with follow-up presentation and report (development and presentation of the provisional sampling technique).
  • non-blocking Assignment #5
    Individual home assignment (draft literature review development).
  • non-blocking Assignment #6
    Individual home assignment, with follow-up presentation, report and discussion (research proposal + peer review report development).
  • non-blocking Soft skills development assessment
    Team work in class, team home assignment.
  • non-blocking In-class activities
    Team and individual exercises in class, participation in discussions.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.1 * Assignment #1 + 0.05 * Assignment #2 + 0.1 * Assignment #3 + 0.05 * Assignment #4 + 0.25 * Assignment #5 + 0.25 * Assignment #6 + 0.1 * In-class activities + 0.1 * Soft skills development assessment


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008). The Craft of Research, Third Edition (Vol. 3rd ed). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=272563
  • Chen, A. H. (2004). Research in Finance (Vol. 1st ed). Amsterdam: JAI Press Inc. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=166723

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Ogden, J. (2019). Thinking Critically About Research : A Step by Step Approach. Abingdon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1896994
  • Stake, R. E. (2010). Qualitative Research : Studying How Things Work. New York: The Guilford Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=309450