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Economics with a Professional Placement Year (BSc Econ)

Entry year


Explore economics through the lens of contemporary national and international socio-political challenges and put your skills to the test on a professional placement year.

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Course overview

From Brexit and the Bedroom Tax to wages and wealth, environment and energy to health and homelessness, economists have rarely held such influence in the direction and debate of issues affecting the communities of the world.

It’s no wonder then, that employers are offering high wage graduate careers across the public sector, business, banking, accountancy and consultancy for those with economic expertise.

Our BScEcon Economics seeks to discover a new generation of economic thinkers.

Our research-led faculty will encourage you to consider the social, economic and ethical implications of your decisions on modules in labour economics, development, ethics and morality.

Your Professional Placement Year is an opportunity to put your university knowhow into practice as you take up a paid role and complement your academic study with exposure to real-world business scenarios.

Distinctive features

  • Learn from renowned faculty with advisory and consultancy experience in public, private and third sector organisations across the world.
  • Train in our state-of-the-art Trading Room, the largest in Wales.
  • Get career-ready and build a network of contacts on your professional placement year in industry.
  • Master economic analysis over four years.
  • Develop knowledge of economic theories and their practical use.
  • Use quantitative and empirical research skills to understand real-world economic issues.
  • Specialise in industrial economics, economic history, labour economics or international economics.
  • Prepare for high wage graduate careers in the public sector, business, banking, accountancy, consultancy or as a professional economist.
UCAS codeR643
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration4 years
ModeFull time with sandwich year

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Your year in industry and advanced analytical skills will be in high demand for careers in the public sector, business, banking, accountancy, consultancy or as a professional economist.

Entry requirements

AAB-ABB including Maths. 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 34-32 including 6 in Maths at HL, or 665-655 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 (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

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 course is a full-time four year course of study, involving both compulsory and optional modules.  You would normally attain 120 credits each year and 480 in total.

A significant proportion of the modules included in the programme are taught by the School’s Economics Section while certain modules, notably in year one, are taught by other sections of the School. 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

Get to grips with the fundamentals of economic analysis through the study of macro and micro economics and learn key quantitative analytical skills.

You can discover how your analytical tools intersect with accounting, law, marketing and strategy, historical and contemporary economic issues.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Stats and Maths in Econ and BusinessBS150120 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
Legal StudiesBS150520 credits
Introduction to Management and OrganisationBS151010 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Principles of Marketing and StrategyBS163010 credits

Year two

Combine theory and practice as your understanding of the basics grow.

You’ll start to appreciate the theory underpinning economic analysis and practise empirical techniques used by economists to tackle contemporary political, societal, environmental and management challenges.

Focus on British and European economics, management or finance to complement your growing analytical skillset.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
British EconomyBS254720 credits
Money Banking and FinanceBS255120 credits
Economics of the EUBS255820 credits
Managerial EconomicsBS256020 credits
State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth CenturyBS257220 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Apply your university know-how in the real world, as you embark on a salaried placement year.

This is your chance to enhance your career prospects by building a network of business contacts.

You’ll gain insights into organisations and industries with no long-term obligations, develop new skills and hone your competitive edge ready to stand-out in the graduate job market.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Professional PlacementBS4020120 credits

Year four

Bring your professional experience back to the lecture theatre in your final year as you master the application of macro- and micro- economic analysis.

You’ll hone your decision-making capabilities with the aid of computerised models to identify logical solutions to sophisticated challenges.

Tailor your degree to career ambitions shaped on placement with optional modules in labour economics, social welfare, trade, development and industry.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Macroeconomic AnalysisBS356520 credits
Microeconomic AnalysisBS356620 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
Economic Statistics in Theory and PracticeBS357820 credits
Development EconomicsBS359520 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.

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. It is normally your personal tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. 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 in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you 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.

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
  • 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

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Our track record speaks for itself. 97% of our students are in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Our dedicated career professionals have got you covered on things like industry placements, internships, work experience and insights.

You’ll benefit from career consultations, interview and CV writing workshops, industry-specific events and specialist psychometric assessment and broad skills training.

Placements

Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though support will be given by the School’s employability team. Students unable to secure a suitable placement will be permitted to transfer to the equivalent ‘non-placement’ programme, assuming the relevant academic requirements are met. Placements can be conducted in English or in Welsh.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

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