• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Business is about organisations, processes and, most importantly, about people. It’s about the inner workings of an organisation; the study of human behaviour within a business environment that can make or break an organisation.

This joint award programme provides various opportunities for you to apply core psychology knowledge within a corporate setting. The course enables you to study business and combine it with the study of human behaviour.

Understanding human behaviour impacts significantly on key business roles such as marketing or human resource management (HRM). How do customers think? How do our families impact our choices of brands and our decisions about where and when to shop? How do we encourage employees to maximise their performance at work, and offer excellent customer service? How do we motivate employees?

This joint business and psychology programme would be an excellent route into marketing or human resources (HR) and business management in general.

The programme is equally suitable for students who are interested in studying Psychology, but who do not see themselves working in a therapy/counselling role but more of an Occupational Psychology route, maybe working in hospitals, prisons or schools.  You would apply your knowledge of psychology to an organisation, to support the development and wellbeing of individuals within the organisation.

Become business-ready

From developmental to cognitive study, psychology is a fascinating subject. It is potentially made even more fascinating by applying it in a business environment, such as consumer and organisational psychology. It’s about bringing the study of human behaviour to practice in a hands-on and meaningful way.

Our programme will help you gain applied and employable skills that will help you in future roles within human resources management, executive leadership or advertising and marketing communications.

With smaller, more intimate class sizes, as well as experienced and dedicated academics, we are able to give our students one-to-one teaching and support.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management and psychology degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.

Practical learning

As part of the programme you will work with actual business clients to help them solve a real world problem.

You will join two excellent schools in the University, and be taught by lecturers from both the Psychology team and also Bucks Business School. You will study business modules which develop knowledge which you will then apply in real business scenarios. You will also study the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas, focusing on businesses and organisations.

Who is it for?

Those who are interested in all aspects of human behaviour and who wish to study this at degree level, but who do not seek to become Chartered Psychologists, should choose this award.

This programme is also for students looking to pursue a career in business management with a focus on marketing and/or human resource management.

This programme is also designed to inspire and facilitate the development of a variety of desirable, transferable skills that will enhance employability in any future career, particularly those valuing dealings with people. Such skills include communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, independent learning and more.

Course Details


The programme offers both a subject-specific and a generic knowledge base that will enable you to pursue a career in any of the applied psychology professions or business roles, such as marketing or human resource management.

Your curriculum will cover subject specific modules in both psychology and business. You will be equipped with relevant transferable skills to better influence and understand how individuals, groups and organisations are motivated as well as how they think and buy.

You will gain a wide range of skills and competences useful for dealing competently with real-life, practical problems. The course will focus on the ability to think critically and will enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems

This degree programme will help you gain a thorough grounding in qualitative research methods, which will provide invaluable for your future career. It will also help prepare you for research-based postgraduate study, if you choose to continue your studies following graduation.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 309 hours
Independent learning: 891 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 3: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 289 hours
Independent learning: 911 hours


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

70 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

75 percent coursework 20 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 3

65 percent coursework 30 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Introduction to People Management
  • Data Insights for Business decisions
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology (optional)

Year 2 Modules

  • Operations and Service Management (optional)
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Consumer Psychology (optional)
  • International HRM (optional)
  • Personality & Individual Differences
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Business Consulting
  • Consulting in practice
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning (optional)
  • Managing and Engaging People (optional)
  • Contemporary Business Economics (optional)
  • Strategic Marketing (optional)
  • Customer Experience (optional)

Year 3 Modules

  • Strategic Agility
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Dissertation
  • HR Strategy (optional)
  • International Marketing Management (optional)
  • Business & Organisational Psychology (optional)
  • Police Psychology & Legal Framework (optional)
  • Investigative & Forensic Psychology (optional)
  • Positive Psychology (optional)
  • Health Psychology (optional)
  • Counselling Psychology (optional)
  • Abnormal Psychology (optional)
  • Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
  • Brain, Mind & Behaviour (optional)


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £11,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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What are my career prospects

On successful completion of the programme, you will be well prepared to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in business management, with a particular focus on marketing and/or human resource management.

This course will also help prepare you for a career in occupational psychology. The British Psychological Society have stated that the related speciality of occupational psychology is ‘broader in scope and less formalised that many areas of psychology and it touches on diverse fields, including ergonomics, personnel management and time management.’

With the growing focus on wellbeing in the workplace, this course is also well placed to meet this need.

In addition to subject skills and knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, independent learning and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers. This wide range of transferable knowledge and skills will help open up your career prospects, and you could consider a career in any profession or business role across the private, public and third sectors.

You may also choose to progress to postgraduate study, including courses such as the PG Certificate in Business Leadership, the MA in Leadership and Management, the IMBA or the MSc Applied Positive Psychology offered by the University.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.