BSc (Hons) Business Psychology

Business Psychology

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course BP 11 or BP12

Key facts

Award
BSc Business Psychology
School/s
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: BP11 or BP12
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Discover the science of human behaviour and its applications in the working world, whilst gaining the skills to investigate and generate new knowledge.

  • Learn the research skills to understand and shape behaviour in the working world.
  • Grounded in creative enterprise and employment-based skills.
  • Opportunities for placements and optional modules to create a tailored course.

In this Business Psychology degree you’ll discover how the world of work is shaped by thought, unpick group dynamics and learn how to apply your knowledge to the workplace. You’ll explore current research and complete your own investigations, allowing you to add your voice to the field. Alongside students in other psychology degree programmes at Bath Spa, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about behaviour from a range of perspectives (e.g. biological, cognitive, social, and developmental) and develop skills in psychological methodologies, culminating in a final year dissertation project.

We’ll help you identify your professional aspirations and develop them through independent learning and research, whilst providing opportunities for reflection. This is enhanced through the chance to gain valuable business experience with opportunities to take part in a range of flexible work placements. By collaborating with the cutting-edge and internationally recognized Bath Business School, this core programme is supported by modules specific to business psychology, and allows you to tailor your learning to your particular interests by selecting from a range of options.

What you'll learn

Overview

On completing this degree, you’ll come away with the understanding, theory, and expertise needed to enter the changing business environment and to innovate and solve problems simultaneously across disciplines and borders. You’ll be equipped with a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and how they interact with the complex environments in which they exist. You’ll also gain skills and tools for exploring experiences and behaviour, culminating in an ability to conduct psychological and business research independently.

By engaging in a distinctive programme of psychology and business education, you’ll be able to unleash your creativity and demonstrate enterprising behaviour through skills-based professional and personal development, which ultimately prepares you to be adaptable and opportunity ready. We’ll help you to develop the knowledge and skills that enable progression to a range of employment or postgraduate study in related applied psychological and business contexts.

Course structure

Year one
In your first year, you’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of psychological science and business psychology whilst beginning your journey with enterprise thinking. You’ll gain a grounding in psychology and business psychology, including organisational behaviour and management as well as discovering research methods to back up your learning. We’ll also explore psychology in the workplace through the lens of diversity and individual differences.

Year two
Within your second year, you’ll improve your understanding of the core content areas in psychology whilst advancing your understanding of business psychology in the real world through contemporary applications of business psychology. You’ll have the opportunity to pick optional modules exploring themes such as human resources, international business, entrepreneurship, operations and project management. You can also opt into a placement module as part of your course.

Year three
Your last year culminates with an independent research project within business psychology. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in group work, using your skills in a real-world context to generate solutions based in psychological science. You’ll explore how workplaces can foster health and wellbeing for their employees, and you’ll be able to choose optional modules to explore new areas or continue the specialties from your second year.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be supported in their development towards summative assessment by appropriate formative exercises.

Assessment is continuous, and can include:

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Group presentations
  • Research-based reports
  • Portfolio-based work

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on how you're doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and practical lessons.

Seminars are usually more informal than lectures – they're opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. Bookable tutorials enable you to have one-to-one discussions with staff.

You’ll be taught by experienced and respected University staff. Throughout the course they’ll introduce you to their specialisms and research interests.

You’ll also benefit from visiting speakers – these include those from external industries, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Opportunities

Study abroad

We hope to be able to offer study abroad opportunities when conditions allow, in line with restrictions.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We encourage you to undertake placement opportunities where possible, especially in your second year. We hope to offer a work placement module during the second year that students can opt into in addition to, or separately from, the elective Professional Placement Year.

Our students may also make use of part-funded Santander internship and placement opportunities.

Careers

BSc Business Psychology graduates are well placed to move straight into employment within a variety of organizations, but will also have the numeracy, scientific, and people skills gained on our degree to undertake postgraduate education at the Master's and PhD levels.

Awards

At the end of the academic year, we award prizes to recognise achievements in academic success and reward effort and excellence. Prizes specific to Psychology are:

  • Oxford University Press Prize for Best Dissertation

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This Psychology course is taught at our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities including:

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

UK students part time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are enterprising, creative, and interested in using science to explore topics within the working world. You’ll need to have drive, motivation and the get-up-and-go to achieve in a challenging environment.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC including a Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Biological Sciences or Social Biology.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required with a minimum of Grade 6 in Biology or a related subject at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) in a science or related subject.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

This is a new course starting in the 22/23 academic year. Applications will open in September. Register your interest and we'll contact you when applications open.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Course leader: Dawn Albertson
Email: d.albertson@bathspa.ac.uk

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