Undergraduate study
Psychology with Business

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Business

UCAS code: C8N2 BSc/PB

This course develops the academic knowledge of psychology and the application of psychological theory within a business context.

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  • Length: 3 years

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  • Typically 5 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
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  • Facilities

    Psychology facilities

    Studying Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law gives you access to outstanding facilities, including eye-trackers, EEG and Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). You also get to use specialist interviewing labs and our replica courtroom.

 

Psychology graduates gain employment within private, public and third sector organisations and it is increasingly important that graduates have the skills and knowledge to work in a dynamic economic environment. You cover all the core modules included in the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme, and study business management modules that apply psychological theory to effective business management. You study the theories, principles and underlying concepts of the main functions of management, people management in particular, and develop a strong understanding of business models and processes.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which affords the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with that professional body – the first and a necessary step in becoming a professional psychologist. The course also provides foundation knowledge to those wishing to pursue a management career within clinical settings.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Critical Thinking about Psychology

This module provides students with many of the skills needed to critically evaluate psychological theories and studies. It uses examples from psychology to highlight the common errors that people make when assessing arguments and evaluating evidence.

The module provides step-by-step guidance on how to overcome widespread mistakes and how to construct logical, balanced and coherent arguments. The module also requires students to assess the validity of a number of extraordinary claims, such as parapsychology, alternative medicine, astrology and mediumship. Students will be encouraged to be open-minded, yet require appropriate standards of proof when evaluating such claims.

Introduction to Core Areas in Psychology

This module provides students with an understanding of the core areas of study specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS). These core areas are; Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences and Social Psychology. The module will consider empirical work within each of these five core areas and will also introduce students to psychological research skills necessary in order to plan, conduct and report psychological research.

Managing and Developing Talent

You focus on the development of management knowledge and skills within a human resource context. You get an understanding of how to recruit, train, motivate and retain talented employees. You will draw on HRM and organisational behaviour.

Psychological Research Design and Analysis 1

Providing a foundation in psychological research methods and analysis, this module covers a range of experimental and non-experimental methodological approaches.

You are introduced to the Windows SPSS package for statistical analysis and graph drawing, and you learn about simple qualitative research and data collection methods.

The module covers ethics in research, qualitative and quantitative methods, survey design, simple non-experimental and experimental designs, reliability and validity, probability, hypothesis testing, descriptive data analysis, simple non-parametric and parametric statistical analysis and research report writing.

By the end of the module, you’ll be able to identify the appropriate method for a range of research questions, analyse the resulting data and draw appropriate conclusions.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Biological and Social Psychology

The module is divided into two halves: biopsychology and social psychology. Biological, neurological and social explanations for a series of identified psychological topics are explored, as well as introducing the concept of evolutionary explanations for human behaviour and the scientific approach to the study of our social behaviour. Students are required to produce a 2,000 social psychology essay (50%) and complete a 2 hour unseen biopsychology written examination (50%) for their assessment in this module.

Career Management

You explore the dual nature of careers, that they are 'owned' by the individual, yet part organisational and societal processes and systems. You will explore their own career development, as well as examining how organisations manage careers, and how these two aspects link.

Cognitive Psychology

This module introduces students to a range of areas of cognitive psychology. Specific topics covered include aspects such as attention, perception, memory, language, emotion and reasoning. Consideration is given to the key models along with supporting evidence from experimental psychology, neuropsychological case studies and cognitive neuroscience. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of these areas along with the necessary skills to distinguish between theories and to critically evaluate them.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Psychological Research Design and Analysis 2

The module deals with more advanced research design and analysis, building on the module Research design and analysis 1. The module aims to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in using advanced research designs, including the use of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques.

Module content includes conceptual issues in advanced research designs - including experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative research designs - planning of sample size, quantitative data analysis (ANOVA and multiple regression), and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Psychology Dissertation Preparation

The module commences with a series of lectures that introduce you to research management, supervision protocol, research ethics, personal development and career planning.
You are then introduced to specific psychological research studies that further develop your understanding of the research cycle (setting a research question, developing appropriate methods, using appropriate analysis, making appropriate conclusions and dissemination) and critical evaluation, to help develop ideas for your degree-relevant honours project.
Lectures are themed into general disciplines of psychology (i.e. cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences) and are delivered by experts from within the subject group.

 

Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Current Issues in Business Ethics and CSR

Business operates today in a marketplace where increasingly companies are expected by consumers to not only do well but also to do good. "Doing the right thing" is seen as "the next big idea", a realisation by companies that embracing corporate social responsibility can be a driver to success because other groups in society see you as acting correctly. In the light of Enron and the BAe bribery case; the anti-globalisation protestors; endless "mandate" groups each with their own set of demands; and even demands from institutional and retail shareholders, companies of all sizes are increasingly aware of the new marketplace and seeing the growing importance of being (or at least appearing to be) seen embracing business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Dissertation

Your dissertation is based around the investigation of a topic linked to your programme of study, selected by you in consultation with a dissertation supervisor. It represents a core compulsory element for British Psychological Society membership accreditation.

The dissertation involves a poster presentation, a pass/fail ethical approval and a written project report. It also includes a PDP element which involves you creating a personal statement and a CV written to address the person specifications of a graduate job.

The Psychology of Development and Individual Differences

The module is a core level 6 module and is divided into two halves: Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences. Both halves cover competing perspectives, contemporary debates, historical perspectives and applied topics. Key theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology will be studied using a lifespan perspective. The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding and skills in developmental psychology and individual differences.

 

and one optional module

Critical Social Psychology

This module aims to contextualise global, societal and political issues in terms of the impact of differing social psychological perspectives. In particular you will consider the political and ideological uses of social psychological research and theory in areas including operational psychology and intelligence gathering. Focus is also given to the social psychological theories and research which contribute to cross cultural and societal processes, including collective remembering and social krypto amnesia.

Project Management

You are introduced to the basic concepts of project management within a school setting and build on the role of the project manager in managing project risk, teams and organisational change, addressing project management from feasibility to post implementation.

Social Enterprise

Social entrepreneurs are people who combine vision, innovation and commercial skill to alternative business models aimed at making a positive difference to society. Social enterprises often fill gaps in the local economy that are of little or no interest to profit driven enterprises. Through this module you gain an understanding of the factors that influence the development of social enterprises. You study organisational structures, social auditing, managing people, volunteering, trading development, funding and networking. The module provides inspiration, skills and knowledge to successfully develop, launch, manage or support a social enterprise. Throughout the module you develop critical thought, insight and entrepreneurial spirit. Interactive workshops give you the opportunity to appreciate entrepreneurial concepts, ideas and developments through practical engagement and application.

The Psychology of Everyday Self

This module provides an arena for you to study in depth one of the most intriguing and misunderstood aspects of psychological experience – that of selfhood.
It brings together a number of sub-disciplines that throw light on selfhood and subjective experience. Perspectives from social, developmental, and clinical psychology are combined in this module to offer you the opportunity to explore what selfhood means to you and how different constructs of selfhood can be enriching to the human experience.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This programme is delivered by blended learning, using a combination of face-to-face teaching through standard lectures and seminars plus online delivery. Each module has a site in the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard).

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment methods and most modules are assessed with a combination of coursework and an end-of-year examination.

Coursework includes essays, research reports, individual and group projects, statistics assignments, class tests and both individual and group presentations.


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Career opportunities

This course prepares you for many careers in the public and private sector – advertising, management consultancy, caring and social careers, human resources management or teaching.

The growth of the service sector puts psychology and business management graduates at a premium with their insights into motivation and behaviour, and knowledge about people, relationships and group dynamics. You will have excellent communication and teamwork skills, be critical and analytic and able to design, conduct, analyse and evaluate research. A manager needs to be a problem solver, planner and leader, and this programme prepares you for these challenges.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge, plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must also have GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C (or equivalent). We recommend an Access course if you're a mature student.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Typically 5 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

Contact details

Further information