Economics and Management Studies (BSc Econ)

Entry year

2018/19 2019/20

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

UCAS CodeLN12
Next intakeSeptember 2018
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
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Entry requirements

Typical A level offerAAB. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but please note that  Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted. 
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerThe Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerIB 35-32, or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.
Other requirementsYou will require GCSE Maths grade B or 6, and  GCSE English Language Grade C or 4. 

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 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018. You are advised to check the final module descriptions when they are available to ensure that the programme meets your needs.

Year one

In year one you take four compulsory double modules, plus two compulsory single modules and one optional double module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Stats and Maths in Econ and BusinessBS150120 credits
Introduction to Management and OrganisationBS151010 credits
MarketingBS152820 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
Business EnvironmentBS162910 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
People in OrganisationsBS152920 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits

Year two

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

 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits

Year three

In year three all modules are optional; three double modules are selected from one group, and three double modules, or two double and two singles, from another group.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Contemporary Issues in Work and EmploymentBS300120 credits
Entrepreneurship and Business Start-UpsBS300320 credits
Strategic ManagementBS354320 credits
Business ApplicationsBS354720 credits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
Modern Business EnterpriseBS356120 credits
Macroeconomic AnalysisBS356520 credits
Microeconomic AnalysisBS356620 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Applied Macroeconomics and FinanceBS357020 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
Social WelfareBS357420 credits
Ethics and Morality of BusinessBS372820 credits
Cultural MarketingBS374710 credits
Business DesignBS374810 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 spend my time? (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

26%

Guided independent study

74%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

24%

Guided independent study

76%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

23%

Guided independent study

77%

Placements

0%

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.

Feedback

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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

90%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

10%

Year 2

Written exams

80%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

20%

Year 3

Written exams

68%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

32%

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 2015/16, 92% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

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.

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding 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 (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£16,950None

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 and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Accomodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

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.

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