Why study this course
Organisations are constantly having to reinvent themselves, by evolving the way they operate, in a challenging economic environment.
This means graduates with the ability to put economic theory into practice, and with knowledge of modern management practices, are in high demand.
Our BScEcon Economics and Management Studies focuses on the global economy and the organisations which operate within it, from multinational corporations to social enterprises and charities. This holistic approach ensures you develop the skills to respond to the evolving needs of all businesses, irrespective of sector.
You’ll develop economics and management expertise from our team of international researchers and business practitioners. They’ll introduce you to micro and macroeconomic theory while giving you the freedom to design a course around your interests.
Your Professional Placement Year is an opportunity to put your university knowhow into practice as you take up a paid accounting or management role and complement your academic study with exposure to real-world business scenarios.
- 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.
- Enjoy the flexibility to master economic analysis and management techniques over the course of your degree.
- Develop knowledge of economic theories and their practical use.
- Use quantitative and empirical research skills to understand real-world economic issues.
- Combine business theory and practical skills to assess the needs of contemporary business.
- Prepare for high wage graduate careers in the public sector, business, banking, accountancy and consultancy.
AAB-ABB. 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.
DDD-DDM in Business only.
IB 34-32, or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall 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.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
UK and EU students (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.
Students from outside the EU (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.
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.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
The Economics and Management 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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
Get to grips with the fundamentals of management and mathematics and jump straight into economic analysis with modules in micro-and macro- economics.
You can discover how these analytical tools intersect with accounting, human resources, marketing and strategy challenges across our economy and business environment.
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 management challenges.
Focus on British economics, multiculturalism or performance and financial management to complement your growing analytical skillset.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Challenges in Managing and Leading Organizations||BS2002||20 credits|
|Performance and Financial Management||BS2517||20 credits|
|Managing in Multicultural Organisations||BS2520||20 credits|
|Employment Relations||BS2534||20 credits|
|Buyer Behaviour||BS2535||20 credits|
|Marketing and Strategy||BS2540||20 credits|
|Managing People||BS2542||20 credits|
|British Economy||BS2547||20 credits|
|Money Banking and Finance||BS2551||20 credits|
|Managerial Economics||BS2560||20 credits|
|Introductory Econometrics||BS2570||20 credits|
|State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth Century||BS2572||20 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.
Bring your professional experience back to the lecture theatre and enjoy the flexibility of an entirely personalised final year.
Put your knowledge and skills to the test as you encounter real-world issues which cut across business and societal disciplines.
This is your opportunity to tailor your degree to career ambitions shaped on placement.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Contemporary Issues in Work and Employment||BS3001||20 credits|
|Entrepreneurship and Business Start-Ups||BS3003||20 credits|
|Strategic Management||BS3543||20 credits|
|Business Applications||BS3547||20 credits|
|Financial Economics||BS3554||20 credits|
|International Finance||BS3555||20 credits|
|International Economic History||BS3556||20 credits|
|Labour Economics||BS3558||20 credits|
|Modern Business Enterprise||BS3561||20 credits|
|Macroeconomic Analysis||BS3565||20 credits|
|Microeconomic Analysis||BS3566||20 credits|
|International Trade||BS3568||20 credits|
|Applied Macroeconomics and Finance||BS3570||20 credits|
|Economics of Banking||BS3571||20 credits|
|Industrial Economics||BS3572||20 credits|
|Economic Statistics in Theory and Practice||BS3578||20 credits|
|Development Economics||BS3595||20 credits|
|Ethics and Morality of Business||BS3728||20 credits|
|Cultural Marketing||BS3747||10 credits|
|Business Design||BS3748||10 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
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.
What is expected of me?
Students will be expected to attend all timetabled sessions and are also expected to engage in independent study.
Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
Whilst on placement students are expected to comply with the School’s Code of Conduct for Placement Students as prescribed in the Professional Placement Handbook.
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.
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.
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
Ourr 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.
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.