Cardiff Metropolitan University Economics

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Economics

Cardiff Metropolitan University Economics

Economics – BSc (Hons) Degree

Course Overview

The strength of our BSc Economics degree is a strong emphasis on critical understanding and application​. The Government Economic Service has publicly criticised economics training in higher education for not putting enough emphasis on understanding and application. This is the reason that for years they have not been able to fill their vacancies. Therefore, we are proud to be the first new university to adopt the new CORE curriculum.

Our Economics tutors work with organisations such as the Government Economic Service, to ensure our curriculum is cutting edge and relevant.

Economics degrees at Cardiff Met were ranked as the best in Wales according to the Guardian University League Table 2016 and 2017.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

​Course Content​​​​

​Foundation Year (Year 0):​

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

​​1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


Year One:
In the first year you will get an introduction into both micro- and macroeconomics, as well as being equipped with the necessary quantitative and academic skills to succeed not only in your studies, but more importantly in your future careers. Furthermore, you will get a wider perspective with an introduction to related subjects, like accounting.

Modules (Core):

  • The Economy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Academic Skills For Business
  • UK Financial Services: Regulation and Ethics
  • Business Applications
  • Finance For Managers
  • Legal Foundation of Business

Year Two:
The second year concentrates on the more advanced study of micro- and macroeconomics. This includes game theory (Where you learn how to act strategically, taking possible actions of others into account.). You will also learn how to use statistical analysis and how to research. As with all CSM courses a workplace module is also​ included in the second year of study to prepare students for their careers after completing their studies.

Modules (Core):

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods II
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Information Economics
  • Research Skills for Economists
  • Work Experience

Modules (Optional):

  • Games in Business and Politics
  • World Economy

Year Three:
The third year focuses on applying economics, but also explores further important areas of economics, which are health and monetary economics (why money is important, how a credit crunch happens), as well as public economics, which is all about the economic tools important for governments. The dissertation will be an opportunity to apply your acquired knowledge and skills. This will further prepare you for your future professional or academic career.​

Modules (Core):

    • Applied Microeconomics
    • Applied Macroeconomics
    • Macroeconomic Theory
    • Applied Intermediate Econometrics
    • Dissertation

Modules (Optional):

  • Industrial Economics
  • Money and Credit
  • Economic Tools for Government

Learning & Teaching

We are committed to providing you with the necessary support to enable you to realise your full potential. Our innovative teaching methods include experiments and the very latest teaching materials.


A wide range of methods are used including tests, presentations, reports, essays, and examinations.​

Employability & Careers​

Economists are in demand in both the private and public sector. They can be skilled managers, researchers, analysts and strategists. Research shows that Economics students have higher average earnings than most other graduates, including those studying a general business degree. Figures published by the ​Complete University Guide in 2016, show an average starting professional salary of £28,000 for Economics graduates.​

Work Placements:
The provision of work-placements as an assessed part of your academic programme of learning is so important that we provide you with the opportunity to undertake placement as part of your second year studies. We have strong links with the business community and the work-placement programme is designed to enhance your future employability prospects.​

Progression to postgraduate study within the Cardiff School of Management is also an option.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

​Please note:  Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Foundation route:

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least 3 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
  • 112 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn’t listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search  for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application.

How to Apply:​
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at​.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Marco Gundermann:
Tel: 029 2041 7142 ​