• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

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

UCAS CODE: N180

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.

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
  • Data Insight for Business Decisions
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology

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)

Fees

How much does it cost

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

Full Time International: £11,000 per year

Please note that these fees are for 2018-19 entry.

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

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

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

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Employability

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.


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