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. How can you improve the interpersonal dynamic within the workplace? What motivates employees? What about consumers, what persuades them to buy one brand over another? Wouldn’t you like to know?
Learn how to improve individual job satisfaction and potentially enhance an organisation’s effectiveness through Bucks New University’s joint degree in Business and Psychology.
A powerful combination of two subjects:
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. This programme is designed for those who are interested in the study of human behaviour, but may not want to pursue a traditional psychology employment route.
As part of the programme you will work with actual business clients to help them solve a real world problem in our Enterprise year-long module. Your curriculum will also 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.
Make an impact in the world of business by understanding psychology:
Business and psychology studies form a cornerstone for a successful career in private, non-profit or governmental organisations. Our respective departments work closely with both the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Psychological Society so you graduate with potential affiliations in two different, but complimentary institutions.
UCAS CODE: N180
At Bucks we explore every aspect of psychology as it relates to businesses, employees and consumers. This degree combines the best of two departments and so you will sit along side both psychology and business students throughout the programme. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while studying with us. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support. You will also collaborate with your colleagues on projects, including experiments and presentations. You will have a chance to learn in labs and seminar rooms, gaining the practical transferable skills you need for your career.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
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.
Please note: The percentages below 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.
|70 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
|75 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
|65 percent coursework||30 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
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 include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our English entry requirements, please visit our international pages
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 Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology
- Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology (optional)
Year 2 Modules
- Enterprise Projects
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
- Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology
- Consumer Psychology
- Economic Analysis
- Personality & Individual Differences
- Developmental Psychology
Year 3 Modules
- Social Psychology
- Business & Organisational Psychology
- Strategic Decision Making
- Managing Innovation in Business
- International Marketing Management (optional)
- Strategic HRM (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
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9250
Full Time International: £10500
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow