Cardiff University Economics

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Cardiff University Economics

Studying Economics at Cardiff will provide you with rigorous training that will be a useful grounding for your future career.

The programme will equip you 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 provide you with knowledge of the workings of the UK economy and the ability to use that knowledge in a range of contexts.

We will introduce you to the breadth and depth of economic analysis and offer you the opportunity to acquire knowledge and technique across a number of specialised areas. These include industrial economics, economic history, labour economics and international economics.

Economics is a numerate and increasingly mathematical subject and, consistent with other universities, some modules will have a quantitative element while others will be of a highly mathematical nature.

An Economics degree at Cardiff University provides you with a thorough understanding of economic analysis and aims to stimulate you to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wider range of social and political issues. Studying Economics provides a rigorous training that can be a useful foundation for future careers.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the Economics Programme include:

  • The opportunity to specialise in economic analysis through all three years of study and therefore to build up considerable knowledge and skills in the discipline;
  • The intellectual challenge derived from exposure to recent developments in economic theory;
  • The development of substantial quantitative and empirical research skills;
  • The chance to proceed to postgraduate study in economics at the UK’s premier Universities;
  • The possibility of moving into careers in the government economic service and major economic consultancies.

Key facts

UCAS Code L100
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Typical places available The school typically has 425 places available
Typical applications received The school typically receives 2850 applicants
Admissions tutor(s)

The Economics course is a three-year full-time course of study, involving both compulsory and optional modules.  You would normally attain 120 credits each year and 360 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 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

In year one you take two compulsory double modules, plus one compulsory double module per semester (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) and two optional double modules or one optional double module and two single modules.

Core modules
Applied Stats & Maths in Econ & Business BS1501 20 credits
Economic History BS1546 20 credits
Microeconomics BS1551 20 credits
Macroeconomics BS1652 20 credits
Optional modules
Introduction to Accounting BS1503 20 credits
Legal Studies BS1505 20 credits
Principles of Business Management BS1530 10 credits
Contemporary Economic Issues BS1545 20 credits
Principles of Marketing and Strategy BS1630 10 credits

Year two

In year two you take three compulsory double modules and three optional double modules.

Core modules
Macroeconomic Theory BS2549 20 credits
Microeconomic Theory BS2550 20 credits
Introductory Econometrics BS2570 20 credits
Optional modules
British Economy BS2547 20 credits
Money Banking & Finance BS2551 20 credits
Managerial Economics BS2560 20 credits
State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth Century BS2572 20 credits

Year three

In year three you take two compulsory double modules and four double modules.

Core modules
Macroeconomic Analysis BS3565 20 credits
Microeconomic Analysis BS3566 20 credits
Optional modules
Econometrics BS3551 20 credits
Financial Economics BS3554 20 credits
International Finance BS3555 20 credits
International Economic History BS3556 20 credits
Labour Economics BS3558 20 credits
International Trade BS3568 20 credits
Industrial Economics BS3572 20 credits
The Economics of Development BS3573 20 credits
Social Welfare BS3574 20 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.

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer AAB from 3 A levels including at least grade B in Mathematics but excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer Grade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels including Mathematics OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels including Mathematics.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 35 points, including Mathematics at 6SL or 5HL.
Other requirements Applicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.