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Economics/German (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Economics/German (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and Cardiff Business School is to educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining German and Economics you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

The four-year degree in German and Economics combines the main elements (modules and teaching) of Economics with the study of German language and culture. 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. It also aims to provide a high level of competence in German and knowledge of the economy of Germany.

We will introduce you to the breadth and depth of economic analysis and offer you the opportunity to acquire knowledge and techniques across a number of specialised areas. Studying Economics provides a rigorous training that can be a useful foundation for future careers.

Through the study of German and Economics, the programme encourages a range of transferable discipline-specific and core skills that will be of value to you in future education and in your subsequent careers. 

As the European Union develops, language skills are becoming increasingly attractive to employers. Studying Economics with German will help to prepare you for a career in Economics by providing you with a sound knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and techniques of the discipline.  The programme will also give you the added advantage of acquiring a language.

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging course of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

The first year provides the essential Economics and related modules that form the basis of a degree in Economics together with modules in German language and culture.

Year two develops from this base, giving equal weighting to Economics and German subjects. You will continue to focus on core modules in Economics, whilst the German language component focuses on your communication skills in the target language. In your second year of Economics you will study compulsory modules in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will choose your remaining 20 credits from a list of optional modules.

Your third year is spent in Germany studying modules to the equivalent of 120 credits in a range of accounting, business and economics subjects in German.

Germany is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. German is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations. 

In year four you will take 60 credits of optional Economics related modules, combined with 30 credits in German language and 30 credits of German optional modules.

Overall, the degree in German and Economics prepares you for a career in Economics or international business with an ability to work in German as well as in English.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in German will have access to the Languages advanced pathway. Please note General 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Applied Stats and Maths in Econ and Business
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • German History and Culture in Transnational Context
  • Advanced German Language Year 1
  • Beginners German Language Year 1
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Cultures in Context (German)
  •  Optional modules
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 German
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 German
  • British Economy
  • Money Banking and Finance
  • Economics of the EU
  • Managerial Economics
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth Century
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Year Abroad German: Study Abroad (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (German, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad
  • Intercalary Year Abroad German (Semester)
  • High-Level Proficiency in German Language
  • Business Applications
  • Econometrics
  • Financial Economics
  • International Finance
  • International Economic History
  • Labour Economics
  • Modern Business Enterprise
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • International Trade
  • Applied Macroeconomics and Finance
  • Economics of Banking
  • Industrial Economics
  • Economic Statistics in Theory and Practice
  • Development Economics
  • Final Year Dissertation - German (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - German (in German)
  • Screening the City: Berlin on Film
  • The German Idea of History

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £18,450

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • A sound understanding of the foundations of and developments in economic theory.
  • Familiarity with the main forms and sources of economic data and how they are used in economic analysis.
  • Understanding of the key current economic policy debates and contemporary economic problems.
  • Appreciation of the contribution economic analysis can make to understanding a range of specific economic problems.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of Germany and German speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and German.
  • An ability to explain, manipulate, apply and critically evaluate specific economic models
  • An ability to work with economic data used in economic analysis.
  • Skills in understanding and using empirical findings from the economic literature.
  • Skills in undertaking basic research into economic problems.
  • A capacity to apply theoretical ideas to analyse worldwide economic problems, contemporary and/or historical.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • An ability to model complex economic decision-making situations to produce analytical frameworks that facilitate both understanding and efficient problem solving.
  • A capacity to apply deductive reasoning and logical analysis to model economic issues.
  • Skills in using basic mathematics to elucidate economic ideas.
  • Competence in integrating data, factual information, quantitative analysis and empirical work, in an appropriate manner.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Responsibility for your own learning programme and Professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.
  • Progression from problem formulation to solution identification. 
  • Structured argument to derive a conclusion from a set of assumptions.
  • Concepts of macroeconomics and be able to undertake basic macroeconomic analysis of, for example, the effects of a monetary expansion.
  • Mastery of diagrammatic and algebraic techniques.
  • The ability to undertake both diagrammatic and mathematical analyses of macroeconomic issues.
  • Analytical, communication and learning skills through class work and web-based exercises.
  • An ability to exercise numeracy, problem solving and IT skills.

Career opportunities

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

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