Informations about the modules


Module (6 Credits)

Practising Econometric Research

Name in diploma supplement
Practising Econometric Research
Admission criteria
See exam regulations.
180 hours of student workload, in detail:
  • Attendance: 30 hours
  • Preparation, follow up: 75 hours
  • Exam preparation: 75 hours
The module takes 1 semester(s).
Qualification Targets

The students

  • gain insight into recent developments of econometric research in selected fields
  • are trained in following scientific talks and are able to critically evaluate these
  • are able to apply specialist and methodological knowledge obtained during their studies and from scientific talks to a particular research topic
  • manage to work self-sufficiently at a scientific level under time constraints and thus are also prepared for writing seminar papers and a master thesis
Module Exam

Students attend at least 7 presentations in economic research seminars hosted at TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen. Attendance needs to be signed by a present member of the faculty of the MSc Econometrics, or else some other faculty member of the contributing faculties. Admissible seminars will be announced at the introductory meeting. Students also may put forward their own suggestions.

A 1-2 page report must be written on each presentation. The summaries should evaluate the talk, i.e. briefly summarise the topic, explain the scientific contribution and reflect whether or not the talk was comprehensible and useful for the student. The report is due one week after the presentation.

Based on one of the talks, students will perform a small research project on their own. This might consist of coding and simulating a new statistical technique put forward in the presentation, replicating part of the empirical work, providing detailed proofs of a theoretical result, compiling a detailed literature review etc. The length of the research report is up to six pages.

The assessment of the course will be based (50% each) on the summaries and the research project. Based on the project, students give a presentation. The grade for the project is based 4:1 on the research report.

Usage in different degree programs
  • ECMXWahlpflichtbereichME6 Applied Econometrics1st-3rd Sem, Elective
Name in diploma supplement
Practising Econometric Research
Organisational Unit
winter semester
Participants at most
Preliminary knowledge

A working knowledge of econometrics is required. Skills in statistical programming may be helpful.


Participants gain insight into recent econometric research and are familiarized at an early stage with how professional researchers present by attending several research seminar presentations. Students prepare themselves for the presentations by reading suitable seminal papers and/or working paper versions on which the presentation is based beforehand. Summaries of the seminars and a small final project relating to a selected presentation must be prepared.


Students may choose from a list of seminars at all campuses of TUD, UDE and RUB. These will mostly be an appropriate subset with statistical/econometric focus of the seminars linked at the bottom of


Papers underlying the presentations, to be determined at a later stage.

Seminar: Practising Econometric Research (WIWI‑C1139)
Module: Practising Econometric Research (WIWI‑M0889)