Economics and Management Studies (BSc Econ)
The joint honours degree programme Economics and Management offers students the opportunity to combine the main elements of Business Economics with a study of management.
Economics and Management at Cardiff University offers you the opportunity to combine the main elements of Business Economics with the study of management. You will be given the opportunity to pursue specialist areas of particular interest, such as marketing or employment relations.
A mixture of core and optional modules will be employed, which allows you to follow certain areas of interest, while acquiring a sound knowledge of the main elements of both subjects. Equal weighting is given to both subjects throughout the three years of the degree.
Distinctive features of the course include:
- the involvement of research-active staff in Course design and delivery;
- the emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment;
- the emphasis on acquisition of high quality practical skills and the development of innovative ideas;
- the exposure to different trading environments through use of the Trading Room, and the option to self-study for the Reuters certificate;
- flexibility, permitting graduates to pursue careers in a broad range of economic and financial areas or continue to postgraduate study.
|Next intake||September 2016|
|Accreditations||Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)|
|Typical places available||The school typically has 425 places available|
|Typical applications received||The school typically receives 2850 applicants|
|Typical A level offer||AAB, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||35 points, including Mathematics at 6SL or 5HL|
|Other qualifications||Applicants 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. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course|
The Economics and Management course is a three year full-time course of study, involving both compulsory and optional modules. You would normally attain 120 credits each year and 360 in total.
In year one you take four compulsory double modules, plus two compulsory single modules and one optional double module.
In year two you take two compulsory double modules and four optional double modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Cross Cultural Management||BS2524||20 credits|
|Marketing and Strategy||BS2540||20 credits|
|Buyer Behaviour||BS2535||20 credits|
|Money Banking & Finance||BS2551||20 credits|
|Organisational Behaviour||BS2530||20 credits|
|Managerial Economics||BS2560||20 credits|
|Managing People||BS2542||20 credits|
|Performance and Financial Management||BS2517||20 credits|
|Employment Relations||BS2534||20 credits|
|Introductory Econometrics||BS2570||20 credits|
|State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth Century||BS2572||20 credits|
In year three you take three compulsory double modules and three optional double modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Strategic Management||BS3543||20 credits|
|Work and Employment||BS3538||20 credits|
|Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development||BS3727||20 credits|
|Ethics and Morality of Business||BS3728||20 credits|
|Marketing Decision Making||BS3741||20 credits|
|Financial Economics||BS3554||20 credits|
|International Finance||BS3555||20 credits|
|Applied Macroeconomics and Finance||BS3570||20 credits|
|Business Applications||BS3547||20 credits|
|Modern Business Enterprise||BS3561||20 credits|
|Macroeconomic Analysis||BS3565||20 credits|
|Microeconomic Analysis||BS3566||20 credits|
|International Economic History||BS3556||20 credits|
|International Trade||BS3568||20 credits|
|Labour Economics||BS3558||20 credits|
|Economics of Banking||BS3571||20 credits|
|Industrial Economics||BS3572||20 credits|
|The Economics of Development||BS3573||20 credits|
|Social Welfare||BS3574||20 credits|
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. It is normally your personal tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. 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.
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 in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you 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.
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.
As part of the opportunities we present to our undergraduates, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake the Thomson Reuters Certification qualification, a leading industry qualification to prove your ability in using this commercial platform. This five-element training process involves one-to-one training and phone conferences with a Thomson Reuters representative. Our Trading Room therefore gives you the opportunity to become attractive potential graduates in the City, where the job market is becoming ever more competitive.
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.
The City of London is the most profitable square mile in the world. Finance is considered by many employers as an essential training for employment in the financial services sector. Economics is the foundation of modern finance. A degree bringing together these two subjects prepares the student for careers in financial institutions both as a specialist and a generalist. It is also a good foundation for postgraduate study.
In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.
- Business Analyst
- HR Manager
- Marketing Executive
- Production Manager
UK and EU students 2016/17
EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU 2016/17
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.
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.
Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.