Politics and Economics (BSc Econ)

An understanding of economics deepens our understanding of politics and vice versa making Politics and Economics an ideal study combination.

Politics is a fascinating subject that has a significant impact on our everyday lives. The field of politics allows students to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability.

This programme aims to enable you to develop a thorough understanding of economic analysis and to encourage you to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wide range of social and political issues.

Studying Economics at Cardiff will provide you with rigorous training that will be a useful grounding for your future career.

Is austerity economics the way to more sustained economic growth in the future? Should Europe retain the single currency? How can the NHS be reformed to increase efficiency and equity? These are just some of the many issues and debates which may lead students to study Economics with Politics.

An Economics degree at Cardiff University 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.

Distinctive features

  • 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 possibility of moving into careers in the government economic service and major economic consultancies;
  • Unrivalled academic links with the National Assembly for Wales via the Welsh Governance Centre and long established relationships with national and international organisations such as the Westminster parliament, European Union and NATO.

Key facts

UCAS CodeLL12
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places available
Typical applications received
Typical A level offerNormally, grades AAB from any combination of three A-level subjects excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship.
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 offer34 points. Minimum of 5 in standard level Maths and English.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three year, full time course consisting of 120 credits per year. You will take an equal number of credits in Politics and Economics modules in each year, allowing you to tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. 

The first year is an introductory year with results from Years 2 and 3 determining your degree classification.  A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can undertake original research.

Year one

The first year provides a graduated transition to studying economics and politics at degree level, and offers instruction in the skills, techniques and arguments that you will use.

 You will study 60 credits in Politics and 60 credits in Economics during your first year of study.

Year two

You will take 60 credits in compulsory and optional Economics modules and 60 credits in optional Politics modules in Year 2.

Year three

You will take 60 credits in optional Economics modules and 60 credits in optional Politics modules in Year 3.

Module titleModule codeCredits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
Microeconomic AnalysisBS356620 credits
Macroeconomic AnalysisBS356520 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Elections in the UKPL938720 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL938820 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruPL937820 credits
International Relations DissertationPL938520 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
The Limits of Ethics in International RelationsPL937620 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
Social WelfareBS357420 credits
The History of Thought in International RelationsPL931120 credits
Free Speech in a Multicultural SocietyPL931420 credits
Devolution in Practice: Welsh Law and Politics Work PlacementPL931020 credits
International Politics in the Nuclear AgePL932020 credits
Bombs, bullets and ballot-boxes: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969 to 1998PL932420 credits
Global Environmental PoliticsPL932220 credits
Africa in International Thought and Practice: Colonialism, Anticolonialism, PostcolonialismPL932120 credits
Intelligence in Contemporary Politics: Bond, Bourne and the Business of SpyingPL932320 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.

Politics and International Relations provides opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Seminar teaching in Welsh is available in modules in each of Years 1, 2 and 3.  Students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh. 

How will I be supported?

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.

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 frequent feedback on your work. This comes 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 by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students 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?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

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
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

School of Law and Politics

On average over 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.

Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, , the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.

Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.

Economics

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.

Economics is an intellectually stimulating discipline and the skills of Economics graduates are often in demand by employers in both the public and private sector. Some Economics graduates take a period of additional training after completing their degree, a postgraduate course perhaps or a further training course which will allow them to convert to another profession such as accountancy or law. Whatever career you pursue, the skills acquired during your Economics degree (problem solving ability, quantitative techniques, analytical skills etc), will undoubtedly be welcomed by employers.

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.

Jobs

  • Journalist
  • Government officer
  • Manager
  • Publisher
  • Lawyer
  • Banker
  • Accountant
  • Policy researcher
  • Civil servant

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

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

Any equipment required will be supplied by the School.

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