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 History and Economics (Joint Honours) enables students to combine the study of the past with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of economic analysis. 

History modules cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science. 

The History side of the degree aims to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of past societies 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.

The Economics element provides students with an understanding of economic theory, in particular the organisational and managerial characteristics of the modern business enterprise.  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. You will also be introduced to subject areas outside the economics discipline with the opportunity to follow modules in business finance, marketing and other aspects of management.

Distinctive features

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

UCAS CodeVL11
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 28% of this course is available 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
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year degree programme comprising core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for students to select from to tailor their degree to meet their interests.  You will take 120 credits per year.

Year one

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

A significant proportion of the modules included in the programme are taught by the Business School’s Economics Section though there may be the opportunity to study modules taught by other sections of the Business School. 

All first-year History students take ‘History in Practice’ which introduces you to the different frameworks that underpin historical research and the many different ways of writing history, while providing training in the skills necessary to practice history at undergraduate level.

Module titleModule codeCredits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Applied Stats & Maths in Econ & BusinessBS150120 credits
History in Practice: Fury, Folly and FootnotesHS110720 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits

Year two

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

You will learn to think independently, assess the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence for yourself, and present your findings clearly. Our friendly academic staff will be on hand to guide you and provide full and constructive feedback throughout your studies. 

The Economics modules will equip students with a thorough grounding in the theory, concepts, principles and techniques of the core subject areas of the discipline: macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative analysis. It aims to give students a firm foundation of knowledge of the workings of the UK economy and the ability to use that knowledge in a range of contexts.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
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
British EconomyBS254720 credits
Managerial EconomicsBS256020 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
The British Civil Wars and Revolution, C.1638-1649HS174230 credits
Building the Modern WorldHS174430 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
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
War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250HS170730 credits
'The Devil's Brood' The Angevin Kings of England 1154-1272HS171330 credits
Land and Landscape in Modern BritainHS176230 credits
The Making of 'World Religions' in South Asia: Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims from the fifteenth century to the present dayHS176630 credits
Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron CurtainHS177230 credits
Europe, East and West 1945-1995HS177530 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits

Year three

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

We provide breadth and depth of interest with a range of Economics options in the final year along with the opportunity to specialise. Some modules will have a quantitative element while others will be of a highly mathematical nature.

If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline. 

Module titleModule codeCredits
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 Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
International TradeBS356820 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
Cultures of Power: The Gentry of Tudor and Stuart EnglandHS182730 credits
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918HS186030 credits
Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru, 1880-1979HS186230 credits
The Military Orders 1100-1320HS180530 credits
Slavery and SinHS181830 credits
Crime in England and Wales, c.1570-c.1790HS182330 credits
Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1750HS182430 credits
Germany's New Order in Europe 1933-1945HS183230 credits
Men in Black: The Jesuits in the Early Modern WorldHS184430 credits
Czechoslovakia: The View from Central EuropeHS188430 credits
The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960HS189730 credits
Nineteenth-century British Social HistoryHS189830 credits
Business ApplicationsBS354720 credits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
Modern Business EnterpriseBS356120 credits
Macroeconomic AnalysisBS356520 credits
Microeconomic AnalysisBS356620 credits
Applied Macroeconomics and FinanceBS357020 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?

We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.

You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. 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 usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

Welsh language teaching

The History side of the degree 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.

How will I be supported?

Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor in both History and Economics, with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and personal development planning.  As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor in each course, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.

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

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).

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.

Coursework will be marked and you will receive 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 as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

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.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of academic and practical skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:

  • communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (both individually and as part of a team);
  • using ICT and standard software packages;
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases;
  • demonstrating and improving your interpersonal skills to enable effective team/group work;
  • how to recognise, record and communicate your skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
  • how to manageyour learning and performance (including time management);
  • demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.

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.

We believe in giving its graduates the best opportunities to find employment. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and have our own, in-School Workplace Placements and employability officer. Some of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise. The majority however compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields. 

Cardiff Business School

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.

Tuition fees

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.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

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.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

As per Cardiff University admissions policy.  “Non-traditional” applicants (such as those returning to education via an Access course) might be interviewed for entry.

Both Schools benefit from having a dedicate Placements Officer who supports students with work experience opportunities both in and out of term time and careers advice.


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.