- BSc Business Psychology
- Bath Business School, School of Sciences
- Campus or location
- Newton Park
- Course length
- Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: BP11 or BP12
- Campus Code: A,BSU
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 email@example.com with your specific details.
Discover the science of human behaviour and its applications in the working world, while 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.
This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society, provided you achieve a 2.2 overall and pass the final year dissertation.
What you'll learn
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will be supported in their development towards summative assessment by appropriate formative exercises.
Assessment is continuous, and can include:
- 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.
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.
To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.
This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.
- Introduction to Psychology (BPS)
- Individual Differences: Personality and Intelligence (BPS)
- Research Methods in Psychology 1 (BPS)
- Introduction to Business Psychology
- Organizational Behaviour and Management
- Design Thinking for Enterprise
- Research Methods in Psychology 2 (BPS)
- Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (BPS)
- Biological and Social Psychology (BPS)
- Contemporary Applications of Business Psychology
- Human Resource Management
- Creativity for Business
- Innovation Management
- Work Placement
- Operations and Project Management
- International Business
- Professional Placement Year
- Dissertation: Design and Preregistration (BPS)
- Dissertation: Research Report (BPS)
- Contemporary Application of Psychological Science (BPS)
- Work interventions: Health and Wellbeing
- Managing Sustainability
- Cross Cultural Management in International Business
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Leadership and Management
- Organizational Strategy
- New Trends in Management
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.
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.
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
If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.
You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.
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Professional placement year
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.
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.
On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.
|Student||Annual tuition fee|
|UK full time||£9,250|
|UK part time||£4,625|
|International full time||£15,750|
Professional Placement Year
During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.
- UK: £1,850
- International: £3,150
Interested in applying?
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.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
- A Level - grades BBB-BCC preferred. If studying Psychology, then a Grade B or higher is required. If Psychology is not an option at your school or college, then another A Level subject will be accepted, but a keen interest in psychology will need to be described in your personal statement.
- BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
- T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
- International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 32 points are required. Applicants will need to show a keen interest in psychology in the personal statement.
- 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, at Merit or higher) in a Science or related subject.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.
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.
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