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History and Economics (BA)

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

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Course overview

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.

UCAS codeVL11
Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
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.
  1. Cardiff Business School

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  2. School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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    Cardiff

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Entry requirements

AAB - ABB including a B in History. Please note, General 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 Humanities or Social Science subjects plus grade B in A-Level History.

Achieve the IB Diploma with 665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL History.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School and School of History, Archaeology & Religion 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 Maths Grade B or 6 and GCSE English Language Grade C or 4, IGCSE English First Language grade C, IGCSE English as a Second Language grade C

Selection

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

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

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.

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 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.

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
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
British EconomyBS254720 credits
Money Banking and FinanceBS255120 credits
Managerial EconomicsBS256020 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits
State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth CenturyBS257220 credits
Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (30 Credits)HS000330 credits
Approaches to HistoryHS170130 credits
Exploring Historical DebateHS170230 credits
Entangled Histories: Wales and the wider World, 1714–1858HS170330 credits
War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250HS170730 credits
Heresy and Dissent, 1000-1450HS171030 credits
Poverty and Relief in Medieval EuropeHS171430 credits
The British Civil Wars and Revolution, c.1638-1649HS174230 credits
Nations, Empire and Borderlands from 1789-presentHS174930 credits
A Great Leap Forward China Transformed, 1840-presentHS175230 credits
The American RevolutionHS175430 credits
From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000HS175630 credits
Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880HS175830 credits
Spain and the Conquest of the Americas, 1450-1650HS175930 credits
"An Empire for Liberty": Race, Space and Power in the United States, 1775-1898HS176030 credits
Urban Visions, Rural Dreams: City and Country in Britain and the United States, 1850-2000HS176430 credits
India and The Raj, 1857-1947HS176530 credits
Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron CurtainHS177230 credits
Europe, East and West, 1945-1995HS177530 credits
Into the Vortex: Britain and the First World WarHS178730 credits
Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541-1714HS179330 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
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
DissertationHS180130 credits
The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval EuropeHS180430 credits
The Military Orders, 1100-1320HS180530 credits
The Thatcher Age: Cultural and Social Revolution in Britain, 1975-1997HS181430 credits
Slavery and SinHS181830 credits
Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1750HS182430 credits
Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
From Bismarck to Goebbels: Biography and Modern German History, 1870-1945HS182930 credits
Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945HS183230 credits
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
Wales, the English reform movement and the French Revolution of 1789HS185630 credits
Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain, 1880-1918HS186030 credits
Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru, 1880-1979HS186230 credits
Toleration and Persecution in Early Modern EuropeHS186630 credits
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39HS186830 credits
Latin America: Conquest, Turmoil and Reconstruction, 1492-2000HS186930 credits
Slavery in the United States: National Experiences, Global OriginsHS187730 credits
Czechoslovakia: The View from Central EuropeHS188430 credits
Europe and the Revolutionary Tradition in the Long Nineteenth CenturyHS188730 credits
From Hernando de Soto to the Seven Years' War: Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Native American HistoryHS188930 credits
The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914HS189630 credits
The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960HS189730 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?

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.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

25%

Guided independent study

75%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

19%

Guided independent study

81%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

20%

Guided independent study

80%

Placements

0%

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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

67%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

33%

Year 2

Written exams

70%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

30%

Year 3

Written exams

73%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

28%

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.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

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 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.

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.

Placements

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.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 28% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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