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Politics and Economics (BSc Econ)

  • UCAS code: LL12
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Entry Year

Why study this course

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.

Where you'll study

School of Law and Politics

Our vibrant student body combined with highly qualified academic staff provides the perfect environment to explore the dynamic and fast-paced fields of law, politics and international relations.

Cardiff Business School

We're an AACSB International accredited Business School with a clear purpose: to make a difference in the communities of Wales and the 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

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.

Find out about our Schools' admissions criteria, offer guarantee scheme, changes to programmes and translating your documents.

GCSE

Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subskills.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with a minimum of 22 for writing and 20 in all other subskills.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and a minimum of 54 in all other communicative skills.

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.

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
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Tuition fees

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.

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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

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
Module titleModule codeCredits
British EconomyBS254720 credits
Money Banking and FinanceBS255120 credits
Economics of the EUBS255820 credits
Managerial EconomicsBS256020 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits
State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth CenturyBS257220 credits
Gender, Sex and DeathPL922020 credits
International Relations of the Cold WarPL922120 credits
Colonialism, GPE and DevelopmentPL922220 credits
Digital Technologies and Global PoliticsPL922320 credits
Global GovernancePL922420 credits
EU PoliticsPL922520 credits
From Espionage to Counter-Terrorism: Intelligence in Contemporary PoliticsPL922920 credits
The Power and Politics of Research MethodsPL923020 credits
Critical War and Military Studies: an IntroductionPL923120 credits
Comparative European PoliticsPL923220 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL923320 credits
Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to MillPL923420 credits
The History of Realist Political Thought in International RelationsPL923520 credits
Local to Global Sustainable DevelopmentPL923620 credits
Political Theories Across the Globe: Methods and Issues in Cross-cultural ThinkingPL923720 credits
Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio’r Gymdeithas GyfalafolPL923820 credits
Credoau'r CymryPL928620 credits
British Politics since 1945PL928720 credits
International Security: Concepts and IssuesPL928820 credits
Justice and Politics: Contemporary Political TheoryPL929120 credits
Global JusticePL929220 credits
International Law in a Changing WorldPL929920 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

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.

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.

Graduate careers

  • 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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