The Handbook for Economics Lecturers

3. Factors to Consider when Developing a Research Intensive Experience for Undergraduates

The guidance that is provided to students is crucial for the effectiveness of an undergraduate research programme. A first step is to agree upon a common strategy across the faculty. Explicit choices must be made regarding:

  • the form of research process to be encouraged,
  • the degree to which students are free to select the research topic,
  • project formats that will be acceptable,
  • level of guidance that will be provided, and
  • skills the project is designed to enhance.