History and Economics (BA)

History and Economics BA (Joint Honours) allows students to combine study of the past with mainstream economic theory and other optional modules.

The BA in Economics and History (Joint Honours) enables students to combine a study of the past with that of Economics.

The degree aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of past societies  with the study of a separate academic discipline, and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.

Business places large emphasis on the flexibility of its economics programme – students could learn a wide range of subjects including aspects of economics, accounting, management and legal studies. Coupled with an insightful study into international histories of Britain, Europe and Asia, students will gain vital transferable skills ready for entry into the graduate job market.

The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study Economics or History at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.

Key facts

Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
Studying in WelshThis course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB to include History. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted. GCSE Mathematics at grade B is required.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrades AAB from the Welsh Baccalaureate and two A-level subjects to include History. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted. GCSE Mathematics at grade B is required.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points from the International Baccalaureate, to include 5 points in Standard Level Maths plus 6 points in Higher Level History.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

History, Economics

Admissions tutor(s)

Mr Kevin Stagg, Admissions Tutor

Dr Lloyd Bowen, Course Administrator

Dr Lloyd Bowen, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published in July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

This is a three-year degree programme comprising some core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for you to select from to tailor your degree to meet your interests.

Year one

In Year 1, you take 60 credits of Economics and 60 credits of History modules.

Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.

Module titleModule codeCredits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits

Year two

In Year 2, you take 60 credits of Economics and 60 credits of History modules.

Students studying this course may take one or two modules from another Academic School, selected from the University’s Free Standing Module Collection.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Approaches To HistoryHS170130 credits
Exploring Historical DebateHS170230 credits
From King Coal To Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000HS175630 credits
Money Banking & FinanceBS255120 credits
Economics of the EUBS255820 credits
British EconomyBS254720 credits
Managerial EconomicsBS256020 credits
History and ICT: A Guided StudyHS170530 credits
India and The Raj 1857-1947HS176530 credits
Medicine and Modern Society, 1750-1919HS179930 credits
Heresy & Dissent 1000-1450HS171030 credits
Into The Vortex: Britain and The First World WarHS178730 credits
Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541 - 1714HS179330 credits
Poverty and Relief in Medieval EuropeHS171430 credits
The British Civil Wars and Revolution, C.1638-1649HS174230 credits
Building the Modern WorldHS174430 credits
Being Human: Self and Society in Britain from Darwin to the Age of Mass CultureHS174830 credits
Nations, Empire and Borderlands from 1789 to the presentHS174930 credits
"An Empire for Liberty": Race, Space and Power in the United States, 1775-1898HS176030 credits
The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War EraHS176830 credits
The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991HS177630 credits
State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth CenturyBS257220 credits
Revels and Riots: Popular Culture in Early Modern EnglandHS174330 credits
A Great Leap Forward China Transformed 1840-PresentHS175230 credits
Diwydiannaeth, Radicaliaeth a'r Bobl Gyffredin yng Nghymru a Phrydain mewn Oes Chwyldro, c. 1789-1880HS175730 credits
Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880HS175830 credits
Latin American HistoryHS176130 credits
A Jagged History: Germany in the 20th CenturyHS176330 credits
War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250HS170730 credits
The Later Roman Empire AD284 - 602HS331830 credits

Year three

In Year 3, you take 60 credits of Economics and 60 credits of History modules. If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline.

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationHS180130 credits
Culture, Soc & I.D. in Wales 1847-1914HS186530 credits
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales 1918-39HS186830 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 credits
The Dangerous City? Urban Society & Culture 1800-1914HS189630 credits
Race, Sex and Empire & India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval EuropeHS180430 credits
Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
From Bismarck To Goebbels: Biography and Modern German History, 1870-1945HS182930 credits
Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War EraHS185830 credits
The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet RussiaHS188330 credits
Europe and the Revolutionary Tradition in the Long Nineteenth CenturyHS188730 credits
Slavery and Slave Life in North America, 1619-1865HS189030 credits
Gender, Power and Subjectivity in Twentieth-Century BritainHS189430 credits
City Lives: Urban Culture and Society, c.1550-1750HS182630 credits
Cultures of Power: The Gentry of Tudor and Stuart EnglandHS182730 credits
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
Latin American HistoryHS185930 credits
Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918HS186030 credits
Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru, 1880-1979HS186230 credits
War and Violence in Modern Germany: Myth, Memory and MemorializationHS186330 credits
Kingship: Image and Power c.1000-1399HS181330 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.

You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned.

Welsh language teaching

History provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in Years Two and Three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion enables you to develop in a high-quality learning environment, supported by a student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion
In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.


3 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available


Applications received

Typical applications received


QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

History, Economics

Overview and aims of this course/programme

BA History and Economics permits students to pursue an advanced programme of study, dividing their modules equally between History and Economics (and in the first year potentially with a third subject). A degree in History and Economics at Cardiff provides students with a thorough understanding of economic analysis and aims to stimulate students to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wider range of social and political issues. The programme is ‘research led’, in the sense that tutors do not pass on an agreed body of knowledge, but provide students with the skills to assess the existing state of knowledge about a particular problem, its strengths and weaknesses. Studying History and Economics provides a rigorous training that will be a useful grounding for future careers. The emphasis on both sides of the degree is on choice. Students have the opportunity to study History modules that include Economics components, and vice versa. In their final year, students have the opportunity to specialise, and to produce original work of their own in the form of a dissertation. Economics is a numerate subject and consistent with other universities, some modules will have a quantitative element. BA History and Economics provides skills that are transferable to professional employment, as well as providing a solid foundation for those who wish to move on to progressively more independent learning at masters’ and doctoral levels.

What should I know about year five?

It might seem that that you have very few hours of teaching, but as a student, you are expected to demonstrate that you are progressing academically by attending lectures, language classes, seminars and tutorials. It is extremely important that you attend all of your classes for the following reasons:

  1. It is in the lectures that you find out what the key topics in your subject are, which can help you structure your additional reading.
  2. Your seminars are the place for you to discuss issues raised in the course and from your reading, and to enhance and develop your understanding.
  3. Both your lectures and seminars will help you prepare your essays and revise for your exams.
  4. Your presence can also help others to learn (as well as you), whilst student absence disrupts the learning process for the whole group.

Attendance atlectures, seminars, and tutorials is COMPULSORY. Therefore if you are unable to attend, you must notify your tutor or the Departmental secretary in advance by telephone, by email or in writing in order to explain your absence. Further information on illness, reporting extenuating circumstances, and leave of absences can be found in the Handbooks and Academic Regulations Handbook.

The Department expects that Students will:

  • attend all classes, punctually, and to explain any absence (in advance where possible)
  • prepare adequately for and contribute to seminars and tutorials
  • avoid plagiarism (plagiarism being work which uses the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such)
  • take responsibility for their own learning, with appropriate guidance  monitor their own progress and take account of the feedback given
  • show respect for their fellow students, tutors and the learning environment
  • manage their time effectively so that they are adequately prepared for all classes and assignments
  • complete their assessments on time and in compliance with the instructions given
  •  take responsibility for advising themselves of the regulations governing assessments
  • ensure that they are registered for the requisite number of modules and that the academic registry are aware of which modules they are taking
  • read all handbooks carefully and take appropriate action
  • regularly access their University e-mail account
  • ask members of staff before using their names as referee

How is this course/programme structured?

BA History and Economics is a three year degree programme. It is structured so that you acquire in successive years the knowledge and skills required to become an independent researcher, equipped for high-level professional employment.

Year One

Core Modules in Year One:

  1. Microeconomics
  2. Macroeconomics

Typical Optional Modules in Year One:

  1. Medieval Europe
  2. Modern Wales
  3. The Making of the Modern World
  4. Early Modern England and Wales
  5. Making Global Histories: Asia and the West

Year Two

Core Modules in Year Two:

  1. Macroeconomic Theory
  2. Microeconomic Theory

Typical Optional Modules in Year Two:

  1. Money Banking and Finance
  2. Social Economics
  3. Managerial Economics
  4. British Economy
  5. Economics of the EU
  6. Heresy and Dissent 1000-1450
  7. The Crusades
  8. War, Peace and Diplomacy c.900-c.1250
  9. The British Civil Wars and Revolution, C.1638-1649
  10. Managing the Mind: Psychiatry, Psychology and British Culture, 1800-2000
  11. A Great Leap Forward: China Transformed 1840-Present
  12. From King Coal To Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
  13. India and the Raj 1857-1947
  14. Dynamics of Witchcraft 1450-1750
  15. Medicine and Society in Britain and Europe 1789-1919
  16. Migrant Wales 1790-1939

Year Three

Typical Optional Modules in Year Three:

  1. Dissertation
  2. Financial Economics
  3. International Finance
  4. International Trade
  5. Labour Economics
  6. Industrial Economics
  7. Applied Welfare Economics
  8. Public Finance
  9. The Economics of Development
  10. Military Orders 1100-1320
  11. Slavery and Sin
  12. Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
  13. Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
  14. Politics, Economics and Strategy: Britain's European Dilemma 1951-1975
  15. Crime and Disorder: England and Wales 1500-1750
  16. Race, Sex and Empire: India 1765-1929
  17. Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918
  18. Culture, Society and Identity in Wales 1847-1914
  19. Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales 1918-39
  20. Identity and the British State: Wales, 1485-1660
  21. Women, Health and Medicine in British Society, 1870-1980
  22. The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture 1800-1914

*The modules available can change from year to year depending upon staff and teaching schedules, and are not guaranteed.

What should I know about year four?


What should I know about year three?

The acquisition of skills and of intellectual understanding generally is progressive. As you progress through your degree we will raise our expectations of the depth and breadth of your studies. In broad terms:

Year One introduces you to a variety and range of approaches.

Year Two provides you with specific training in the critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods.

Final Year provides you with the opportunity to develop these skills through a systematic engagement with, and interrogation of primary sources in your modules and in the production of a Dissertation based on original research.

You are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and for the presentation of your findings. We cannot learn for you, but it is our responsibility to help you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and to help you become independent learners.

What should I know about the preliminary year?

Most modules are taught through a combination of lectures, private study, seminars and individual feedback. Lectures, usually one per week, provide guidance concerning the issues and problems to be followed up in your own reading and writing. For each seminar you will do six to eight hours of preparation, and in the session itself you will use the knowledge thus acquired to present and test your arguments. In the process, you will also receive feedback on them from lecturers and fellow students. In your essays you will combine a range of sources – sometimes contradictory – into a coherent argument of your own, backed by evidence. Again, you will receive individual feedback from lecturers, in writing and orally.

Core courses in Years One and Two usually comprise weekly lectures, supplemented by fortnightly seminars in small groups. In Year Two and especially Year Three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work, with individual supervision for extended essays and dissertations. In total, you would be expected to work 35-40 hours per week.

Some modules of the programme are available to be taught through the medium of Welsh.

What should I know about year one?

You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation, and you will give oral presentations in certain courses. The marking criteria for this work measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Programme.

Progression is built into assessment, in that students do smaller guided tasks in Year one, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Three. Progression is also evident in the growing emphasis on lengthier, independent work.

You will receive feedback through formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, essay tutorials, and Dissertation and Exploring historical Debate supervision sessions (which include oral and written feedback on bibliographies, research plans, and draft chapters)..

Other information

Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and discuss any problems or circumstances that adversely affect your studies. Please see the relevant Notice Boards for information on your Personal Tutor. If your Personal Tutor is unavailable, and you wish urgently to discuss matters with a member of staff, you may seek advice from the Senior Tutor or another member of staff. Every member of staff has weekly office hours in which you may seek further support.

Distinctive features

Graduates from this programme will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical understanding;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of human society across a wide geographical and chronological range;
  • identify patterns of change and to locate detailed examination of particular themes, episodes and events within them;
  • develop a reasoned, coherent, argument about specific problems, deploying appropriate evidence, and demonstrating awareness of the limits of their knowledge;
  • achieve the above objectives both independently and as part of a team;
  • produce a major piece of research of their own (dissertation).

How will I be taught?

Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team. Students have the opportunity to study abroad during the second year through the Erasmus programme and other exchange agreements with universities overseas. The University-wide ‘Languages for All’ programme will allow students to study a foreign language free of charge alongside their degree programme.

Admissions tutors

Mr Kevin Stagg, Admissions Tutor

Dr Lloyd Bowen, Course Administrator

Dr Lloyd Bowen, Admissions Tutor

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