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

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.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsAssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applicants
Typical A level offerAAB, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade 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 offer35 points, including Mathematics at 6SL or 5HL
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. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

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. 

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 four compulsory double modules, plus two compulsory single modules and one optional double module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Principles of Business ManagementBS153010 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
Business EnvironmentBS162910 credits
Applied Stats & Maths in Econ & BusinessBS150120 credits
MarketingBS152820 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits
People in OrganisationsBS152920 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits

Year two

In year two you take two compulsory double modules and four optional double modules.


Module titleModule codeCredits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Cross Cultural ManagementBS252420 credits
Marketing and StrategyBS254020 credits
Buyer BehaviourBS253520 credits
Money Banking & FinanceBS255120 credits
Organisational BehaviourBS253020 credits
Managerial EconomicsBS256020 credits
Managing PeopleBS254220 credits
Performance and Financial ManagementBS251720 credits
Employment RelationsBS253420 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits
State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth CenturyBS257220 credits

Year three

In year three you take three compulsory double modules and three optional double modules. 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Strategic ManagementBS354320 credits
Work and EmploymentBS353820 credits
Entrepreneurship and Small Business DevelopmentBS372720 credits
Ethics and Morality of BusinessBS372820 credits
Marketing Decision MakingBS374120 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
Applied Macroeconomics and FinanceBS357020 credits
Business ApplicationsBS354720 credits
Modern Business EnterpriseBS356120 credits
Macroeconomic AnalysisBS356520 credits
Microeconomic AnalysisBS356620 credits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 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.


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.


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.


  • 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.

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.