Thesis for Bachelor Degree in Economics

15 ECTS-credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
Economics (NAA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Social Science, 75%
Natural Science, 25%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved by the Faculty School of Culture and Society, 01 February 2013.
This syllabus is valid from 18 April 2013.

Learning Outcomes

The overall aim is to develop the student’s ability to independently carry out research on an economic problem.
After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • formulate an economically relevant research question. (1)
  • use and assess the relevance of scientific work related to the research question. (2)
  • discuss relevant theories and justify the chosen theoretical framework for the study. (3)
  • discuss relevant methods and justify the method chosen for the study. (4)
  • based on the selected theoretical framework and methodology collect and describe data relevant for the study. (5)
  • in a scientifically correct way analyze and answer the research question. (6)
  • discuss the scientific and practical relevance of the study results. (7)
  • write in a scientifically and linguistically appropriate manner. (8)
  • within economics make judgments with respect to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects. (9)
  • present the results and conclusions orally and discuss these both with those who have special knowledge of the subject and those who do not. (10)
  • defend and discuss the results from different perspectives. (11)
  • in a scientifically correct manner, critically and constructively discuss another thesis. (12)

Course Content

The work is performed normally in pairs but can be done individually and involves a study of an economic problem or an aspect of economic theory. The work is presented as both a written report and orally in a seminar. Students must also scrutinize and be the oppobet for another thesis.


In a first step, the students submit a thesis proposal where the research question, the selected theoretical framework and methodology are presented. It also contains an account of whether there is reason to allow the University Research Ethics Board (FEN) to examine the research question and / or the chosen method.

In the written report, the student should demonstrate that learning outcomes 1-9 are achieved. At the final seminar, students demonstrate learning outcomes 10-12 are achieved.

In order to get a passing grade the student must have attended all required meetings and seminars, including a final seminar in which students present and defend their work and discuss another thesis. The student must also have completed the work within 12 calendar months after the course has been formally closed. However, the student can expect guidance only 6 calender months after the course has been formally closed.

When two students submit a joint thesis it must be shown that both have made significant contributions.

Forms of Study

Students write a thesis proposal where a relevant economic research question is formulated. This is submitted to the course coordinator responsible for the thesis and if approved the students are assigned an appropriate supervisor. The work is developed through meetings with the supervisor and scheduled seminars where the opposition is also practiced. The course also includes information from the research ethics committee at the University of Dalarna. The students will present and defend their work and be the opposnent for another thesis at a final seminar. Furthermore, the thesis must have been published in Dalarna University‘s electronic archives.


The Swedish grades U–VG.


  • 150 credits with at least 60 credits in economics including the courses Econometrics, introduction 7.5 credits, Intermediate Microeconomics 7.5 credits, Intermediate Macroeconomics 7.5 credits and Applied mathematics for economists 7.5 credits

Other Information

Replaces NA2002 and NA2007.


  • The choice of relevant literature will be made in consultation with the supervisor.