Business Economics with a European Language (German) (BSc)

The Business Economics degree aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the areas of economics directly relevant to business.

The Business Economics degree programme with German provides students with an understanding of economic theory, particularly that which focuses on the organisational and managerial characteristics of the modern business enterprise. It also aims to provide a high level of competence in German and knowledge of the economy of Germany.

The programme aims to inform you of the main features of the UK industrial economy and the key developments in business. 

You will examine government and international business policy to identify their ramifications for the development of markets and firms. The course will introduce you to subject areas outside the economics discipline by offering you the opportunity to follow modules in business finance, marketing and other aspects of management.

In your third year you will attend a University in Germany and will be taught and examined in German.

Through the study of business economics and German, the programme encourages a range of transferable discipline-specific and core skills that will be of value to you in future education and in your subsequent careers. 

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the Economics Programme include:

  • the opportunity to specialise in economic analysis through all three years of study and therefore to build up considerable knowledge and skills in the discipline;
  • the intellectual challenge derived from exposure to recent developments in economic theory;
  • the development of substantial quantitative and empirical research skills;
  • the chance to proceed to postgraduate study in economics at the UK’s premier Universities;
  • the possibility of moving into careers in the government economic service and major economic consultancies;
  • study abroad year in a German-speaking country.

Key facts

UCAS CodeL1RX
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerAAB with a B in German, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels including the relevant language OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels including the relevant language
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, including Mathematics at 6SL or 5HL, with 6SL or 5HL in relevant language.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

The Economics course is a four year full-time course of study, involving both compulsory and optional modules.  You would normally attain 120 credits each year. 

A significant proportion of the modules included in the programme are taught by the Business School’s Economics Section.  Certain modules, notably in year one, are taught by other sections of the Business School. 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

In year one you take two compulsory double modules, plus one further compulsory double module per semester (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) in Business Economics along with a compulsory language module. 

You will also select either two optional double modules or one optional double module and two single modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Stats & Maths in Econ & BusinessBS150120 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Vocational Language Skills I (German)ML170320 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
Principles of Business ManagementBS153010 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Principles of Marketing and StrategyBS163010 credits

Year two

Year two covers core elements of Economics, but gives equal weight to the study of the language element. The study of translation and oral skills provides an ideal preparation for the third year which is spent abroad.

You will take three compulsory double modules in Economics and two compulsory double modules and two compulsory single modules in the language component.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Managerial EconomicsBS256020 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits
Vocational Language Skills IIML272120 credits
Business LanguageML272220 credits
Oral Comprehension & ExpressionML272310 credits
Business CorrespondenceML272410 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year three consists of one year's study at a university in Germany as part of your degree. The programme of study is subject to approval by Cardiff Business School and will be equivalent to 6 double or 12 single Cardiff Business School modules (120 credits). It will consist of modules in economics, management, business, accounting etc., taught and assessed in German, providing competency in the language within a framework of economics, accounting, and business specialisations.

We have developed links with several universities or equivalent institutions in France, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. It is intended that the size of each group from Cardiff Business School at any host institution will be two to four students. Students studying in Europe as part of their degree programme may be eligible for a grant from the Erasmus scheme, operated by the British Council.

We have international partnership agreements with high ranking institutions in Europe and currently have bi-lateral exchange agreements with:

In Germany

  • Mannheim University
  • Konstanz University
  • Tu Munich
Module titleModule codeCredits
Intercalary Study Programme in EuropeBS4009120 credits

Year four

In your fourth year, after returning to Cardiff, you will concentrate on Business Economics modules, while taking one module in your chosen language to retain the competency acquired during the year abroad.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Business ApplicationsBS354720 credits
Modern Business EnterpriseBS356120 credits
Applied Macroeconomics and FinanceBS357020 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
Language Skills For Professionals (Germ)ML372120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
Social WelfareBS357420 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback following each examination period and will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Other information

Our Trading Room is used as part of some economics and accounting courses but is open to all Business School students. This facility is supervised by trained PhD students who will help you become familiar with the software and modelling techniques used in real-life trading rooms.

 

Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors. In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation

In addition to the central University Careers Service, our students benefit from a dedicated on-site Careers and Placements service to help them find internships, job opportunities and to access business-industry specific advice, training and guidance.

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies. Our dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from the Business School’s in-house Careers Consultant.


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