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BSc (Hons) International Economics & Finance

International Economics & Finance - BSc/BScEcon (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: LN13
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year.

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.

Course Overview

​The International Economics & Finance degree seeks to provide an appropriate mixture of economics and finance modules to provide students with a combination of economics and finance analytical skills as well as a strong understanding of UK and international financial markets. 

The unique strength of our course is the clear emphasis on application and critical understanding. As such, we are proud to be the first new university to adopt the new CORE curriculum.

The course aims to create highly skilled individuals that are able to undertake analytical tasks rather than just knowing about finance and economics.​

Economics degrees at Cardiff Met were ranked as the best in Wales according to the Guardian University League Table 2016 and 2017. Find out more. The last NSS student satisfaction score was 95%.

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 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 the world of economics, 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. You will be introduced to the field of finance both in terms of managerial use of accounts to make financial decisions, and also the global financial services sector.

Modules (Compulsory):

  • The Economy: Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • The Economy: Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Global Financial Services (20 credits)
  • Finance For Managers (20 credits)
  • Business Applications (10 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
  • Legal Foundation for Business (10 credits)

Year Two:

The economics component of the second year concentrates on the more advanced study of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Whilst in the finance modules you will consider the impact of risk and uncertainty on investment portfolios, as well as studying the UK and international investment institutions in greater depth. To further develop your analytical skills you will be shown how to use statistical and empirical work within your own 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 (Compulsory):

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods II (20 credits)
  • Research Skills for Economists (10 credits)
  • Work Experience with Personal Development Planning (10 credits)
Modules (Optional):
  • Financial Planning for Business (10 credits)
  • Money, Banking and Risk (20 credits) 
  • World Economy (10 credits)
  • Investment Markets and Principles (20 credits)
  • Business Development and Finance (10 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy (20 credits)
  • History of Economic Thought (20 credits)

Year Three:

The third year concentrates on applying the knowledge of microeconomic, macroeconomic and finance theory that students have acquired throughout their first two years of study. In addition, you may choose from a number of alternative finance and economic modules, allowing you to specialise in preparation for your future career. Options will include topics such as: monetary economics (why money matters and what central banks do), global economic system, economic tools for government, behavioural finance, derivatives markets and management of investments. You will also undertake your own research in an area of economics or finance that interests you in the form of a dissertation.​

Modules (Compulsory):

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

Modules (Optional):

  • Dissertation (30 credits or 40 credits)
  • Intermediate Applied Econometrics (10 credits)
  • Economic Tools for Government (20 credits)
  • International Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Financial Management for Managers (20 credits)
  • Investment Management (20 credits)
  • Capital Markets and Derivatives (20 credits)
  • Money and Credit (20 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (20 credits)

Learning & Teaching

Your tutors within the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance and staff from the Cardiff School of Management 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.

In your final year, you will be supervised and guided by a member of staff specialising in your area of interest. This allows you to apply the research skills developed throughout your studies in a longer piece of work, which will provide evidence of your skills to prospective employers.

Modules are typically taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars/workshops and all modules are supported by Moodle, the virtual learning environment.


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

Employability & Careers​

The course provides a combination of the analytical skills possessed by economists that are demanded in the private and public sector as well as comprehensive specialist knowledge of financial markets. 
This will provide graduates of the course with a wide variety of career opt​ions, but will be particularly useful to those wishing to work as analysts within the financial services industry.

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.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably 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 one 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 two A levels (or equivalent).  

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM

  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 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.

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.

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 on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

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

How to Apply:​
Full-time applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information 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, Nasir Aminu: 
Tel: 029 2041 7142

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting