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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.
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.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
How do customers think? What impacts our choices of brands and our decisions about where and when to shop? How do we motivate employees?
If these questions interest you, then Business and Psychology could be the right course for you.
Understanding human behaviour impacts significantly on key business roles such as marketing or human resource management and is a growth area. You could go on to work in the private, public or third sector, in roles within human resources management, executive leadership or advertising and marketing communications.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
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.
This programme is suitable for students who are interested in studying Psychology, but who do not see themselves working in a therapy or counselling role but more of an Occupational Psychology route, maybe working in hospitals, prisons or schools. You can apply the knowledge you gain with us to support the development and wellbeing of individuals within any organisation.
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 deeper interactions with people. Such skills include communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, independent learning and more.
What facilities can I use?
Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.
Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.
What will I study?
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.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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 BNU 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.
A range of summative assessment methods will be employed on this course, as follows:
- Essays and reports
- Time-constrained assignments
- Oral Presentations
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry and Research Skills
Introduction to Business Studies
Year 2 Modules
Introduction to People Management
Data Insights for Business Decisions
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology
Introduction to Cross Disciplinary Psychology
Year 3 Modules
Operations and Service Management (optional)
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
Consumer Psychology (optional)
International HRM (optional)
Personality and Individual Differences
Consulting in Practice
Resourcing and Talent Planning (optional)
Managing and Engaging People (optional)
Contemporary Business Economics (optional)
Strategic Marketing (optional)
Customer Experience (optional)
Year 4 Modules
Critical Social Psychology
HR Strategy (optional)
International Marketing Management (optional)
Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
Police Psychology and Legal Framework (optional)
Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
Positive Psychology (optional)
Health Psychology (optional)
Counselling Psychology (optional)
Principles of Psychopathology (optional)
Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our Business and Psychology course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities 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; with a growing focus on wellbeing in the workplace, this programme prepares graduates to meet this need.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.