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Economics - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

The BSc Economics degree has a strong emphasis on critical understanding and application. The Government Economic Service, the largest employer of economists in the UK, has publicly criticised economics training in higher education for not putting enough emphasis on understanding and application. Thus, one of the reasons 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. This curriculum develops students to appreciate the application of economics to a range of problems in a variety of contexts, including social, political and environmental issues.

Our Economics tutors are specialists in Labour Economics, Regional Economics, International Political Economy, Financial economics, Energy Economics, Game Theory, and Economics of Crime. They work with organisations such as the Welsh Government and Government Economic Service, to ensure our curriculum is cutting edge and relevant.

This degree will undergo a periodic review in 2023/4 to ensure the course content is and remains current. Should any changes to course content be made as a result of the review, all applicants will be informed once changes are confirmed.

100% of graduates in work or further study within 15 months of graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey ​2023)

Foundation Year

​This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.

The foundation year will be relevant to:

  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.

Find out more about the foundation year.

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

Course Content​​​​


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, finance, information systems and law.

Students will complete 120 credits of compulsory modules in Year 1.

Modules (Compulsory):

  • The Economy: Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • The Economy: Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
  • Global Financial Services (20 credits)
  • Financial & Digital Accounting (20 credits)
  • Law and the World of Business (20 credits)

Year Two:

The second year concentrates on the more advanced study of micro- and macroeconomics. 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.

Students will complete 100 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 20 credits from the range of available optional modules.

Modules (Compulsory):

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods II (20 credits)
  • History of Economic Thought (20 credits)
  • Work Experience OR Volunteering Project(20 credits)

Modules (Optional*):

  • Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Public Finance (20 credits)

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.​

Students will complete 80 credits of compulsory modules, including a Dissertation and will be able to select 40 credits from the range of available optional modules.

Modules (Compulsory):

  • Applied Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Application (20 credits)
  • Econometrics (20 credits)
  • Behavioural Economics (20 credits)

Modules (Optional*):

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Industrial Economics (20 credits)
  • International Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Economic Tools for Government (20 credits)
  • Advanced Games and Applications (20 credits)

*Please note that optional modules are delivered subject to demand and availability

Sandwich Degree Programme: Students on the sandwich modes complete a 20-credit level 6 module which consists of a full year’s secondment at an employer in the local area or the area local to the student’s home.

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. Modules are typically taught through a mixture of 2-hour lectures per week and 2-hour seminars/workshops per week. All modules are supported through Moodle and Leganto, the virtual learning environment.


A wide range of methods are used including class tests, individual and group presentations, reports, essays, and open-book and closed-book 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.

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

Typical Offers

​The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Year which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.​

  • Tariff points: 112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

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, Dr Surraya Rowe:

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:
L100 - 3 year degree
L10F - 4 year degree (including foundation year)

Place of Study:
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
​Three years full-time.
Four years full-time if undertaking year-long industry placement.
Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year.
Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long industry​ placement.​

Also available part-time and can take up to six years.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Generally students will study 60 credits per year; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the programme leader directly.

Student and Graduate Experience
Triathlon, entrepreneurship, and economics: My multifaceted journey at Cardiff Met

Professional triathlete, Iestyn Harrett, blogs about the exceptional academic support offered to him at Cardiff Met whilst studying Economics and championing his athletic dreams.
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Student Profile

“Understanding the importance of first-hand experience, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to intern twice with a global leader in professional services: EY Bermuda. Over the course of both internships, I had the invaluable opportunity to work under the ‘Consulting Service Line’ as well as the ‘Strategy and Transactions Service Line’ where I have found great interest.

I credit my skills developed on the BSc (Hons) Economics Degree at Cardiff Met, as well as the reputable nature of the university, as being the backbone for my successful application to intern with such a prestigious professional body.”

Marcus Scotland, Economics Student

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Graduate Profile

“Cardiff Met helped me shape my career path by opening doors to the job market. I have secured a job following my graduation by undertaking a placement year at NHS Finance and applying the knowledge taught to me during my time at university. Taking the placement year was not in my plans but Cardiff Met encouraged and supported me through the whole experience.

The experiences I undertook at university enhanced my skills and developed my employability.”

Giedre Damaseviciute, Economics Graduate