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Economics and Finance (BSc Econ)

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The BScEcon Economics and Finance degree programme at Cardiff University is designed to develop academic and technical skills to equip you for a career in economics, finance and business, as well as providing the foundations for further study.

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Course overview

The Economics and Finance course offers you the opportunity to combine the main elements of Economics with the study of Finance.

The programme emphasises the close relationship between Economics and Finance, and places those subjects in their broader organisational, social and political contexts.

You will also be given the opportunity to pursue specialist areas of particular interest.

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.

Accreditations

UCAS codeLN13
Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applicants

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Entry requirements

AAB including Mathematics. Please note, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Grades DD in a BTEC diploma in Business, plus grade B in A-Level Mathematics. .

IB 35-32 including 6 in Maths at HL, or 665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL Maths.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE English Language Grade C or 4.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

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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 (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£17,650None

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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.

Additional costs

Accommodation

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

Course structure

The Economics and Finance course is a three year full-time course of study, involving both compulsory and optional modules.  You will 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 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

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 AccountingBS150320 credits
Introduction to Management and OrganisationBS151010 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
Fundamentals of FinanceBS161210 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Legal StudiesBS150520 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits

Year two

In year two you take five compulsory double modules and one optional double module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Corporate Financial ManagementBS250820 credits
Financial Markets and InstitutionsBS251420 credits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits

Year three

In year three you take five compulsory double modules and one single module per semester or one double module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
Macroeconomic AnalysisBS356520 credits
Microeconomic AnalysisBS356620 credits
Corporate Finance and StrategyBS357720 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Financial DerivativesBS351510 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
International Financial ManagementBS357610 credits
Security Analysis and Portfolio ManagementBS361510 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.

Learning and assessment

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.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

26%

Guided independent study

74%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

25%

Guided independent study

75%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

24%

Guided independent study

76%

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

100%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

Year 2

Written exams

93%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

8%

Year 3

Written exams

93%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

7%

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.

 

Careers and placements

Career prospects

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
  • Production Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Stockbroker

Placements

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.

If you decide that you would like to undertake a year-long placement, you can either apply to one of our ‘with Professional Placement Year’ programmes or transfer into one at any time up until the end of your second year of study. The placement is undertaken in the third year of a four-year degree programme. 

International Study

To give students the opportunity to gain a global perspective, we offer four-year degree programmes “with a Year Abroad”. You may apply during your second year for a place on these programmes and if you are successful you will transfer in to the four year degree scheme. The Year Abroad will become an integral part of the degree.

We have exchange agreements with high ranking Business Schools and universities worldwide where you will study modules taught and assessed in English. A list of partner institutions, all of which offer modules taught in English, can be found on our website.

Our Exchange team and the University Global Opportunity Centre work closely with students in preparation for and during their studies abroad.

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