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Politics and Economics (BSc Econ)

Entry year


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

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Politics and International Relations student

Course overview

The field of politics allows you to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability as well as incorporating international relations.

Modules are varied, allowing you to explore how politics works in Britain and further afield as well as investigate how public policy is made. Other strands of work discuss justice, democracy, human rights and international relations; providing you with a broad understanding of politics tailored to your own particular needs.

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 you to study Economics with Politics.

Politics graduates find careers in a wide range of fields. A further option is to go on to postgraduate study.

Distinctive features

  • We have excellent academic links with the National Assembly for Wales and long established relationships with national and international organisations such as the Westminster parliament, European Union and NATO giving you the opportunity to supplement your learning by engaging with political decision makers.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain relevant work experience during your third year at an organisation that plays a key role in Welsh governance.
  • In the Economics element of your programme, you will have the opportunity to specialise in economic analysis through all three years of study, building up considerable knowledge and skills in the discipline.
  • Economics students have moved into careers in the government, economic service and major economic consultancies.
UCAS codeLL12
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
  1. Cardiff Business School

    Aberconway Building

    Colum Road

    Cathays

    Cardiff

    CF10 3EU

  2. School of Law and Politics

    Law Building

    Museum Avenue

    Cardiff

    CF10 3AX

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Politics and Economics is an exciting and varied degree programme which addresses a range of questions that are critical to our contemporary world.

Entry requirements

ABB-BBB. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but please note that General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking 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.

Award of the IB Diploma with 34-32 points including 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.Maths and English at Grade 5 SL if no Maths and English at GCSE

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

GCSE

Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-scores.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 22 for Writing and 20 in all other components.

PTE Academic

At least 62 with 62 in Writing and no less than 54 in all other components.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: a Distinction in Writing and at least one Distinction and two Merits in other components.
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, GCSE English Language Grade B or 6, IGCSE English First Language grade B. IGCSE English as a Second Language not accepted.

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.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

Any equipment required will be supplied by the School.

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, 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.

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

Year one provides you with 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 modules and 60 credits in Economics modules during your first year.

Year two

You will study 60 credits in Economics modules and 60 credits in Politics modules in year two.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits

Year three

You will study 60 credits in Economics modules and 60 credits in Politics modules in year three.

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
Economic Statistics in Theory and PracticeBS357820 credits
Development EconomicsBS359520 credits
International Politics in the Nuclear AgePL932020 credits
Africa in International Thought and Practice: Colonialism, Anticolonialism, PostcolonialismPL932120 credits
Global Environmental PoliticsPL932220 credits
Bombs, Bullets and Ballot-boxes: the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969 to 1998PL932420 credits
Political Economy: Rationality in an Irrational World?PL932520 credits
Popular Culture and World PoliticsPL932820 credits
China in the WorldPL933020 credits
Cybersecurity: Diplomacy and Digital Rights in Global PoliticsPL933220 credits
A History of British IntelligencePL933320 credits
The Politics of Violence and KillingPL933520 credits
Justice, Legitimacy and International LawPL933620 credits
Latin American PoliticsPL933720 credits
Sex, Drugs and Public PolicyPL933820 credits
Visual Global PoliticsPL933920 credits
Politics in Practice: Work Placement ModulePL934020 credits
The Soul and the City: Plato's Political PhilosophyPL934120 credits
Crisis and Commitment in 20th Century Political ThoughtPL934320 credits
Science, Knowledge, PoliticsPL934420 credits
The Many Faces of Thomas HobbesPL934520 credits
Be the Change: Governing without the StatePL934620 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruPL937820 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
International Relations DissertationPL938520 credits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Elections in the UKPL938720 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits
Personality and PowerPL939220 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.

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. 

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

24%

Guided independent study

76%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

20%

Guided independent study

80%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

21%

Guided independent study

79%

Placements

0%

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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

80%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

20%

Year 2

Written exams

69%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

31%

Year 3

Written exams

55%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

45%

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.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

School of Law and Politics

In 2016/17, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Degrees in Politics provide you with a foundation for a wide range of careers such as in non-governmental organisations, global development, international business, diplomacy and intelligence in government, journalism, and policy research, as well as a basis for more specialist subjects taught at postgraduate level.

Economics

In 2016/17, 97% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

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

Placements

Cardiff Business School has a dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons.

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