BA (Hons) Business Psychology

Get on the right path to a career that inspires performance, develops people, and manages change.

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Overview

Interested in being an influencer in a major corporation? Or mentoring people to overcome challenging situations at work? Or perhaps you want to coach leaders of charities and public organisations?

Business psychology is a hot new topic in the working world. Performance, excellence, talent management, mental health – they’re not just buzzwords, they’re driving a new approach to doing business.

This unique course lets you combine your interests in human behaviour and business operations. You don’t need any psychology or business knowledge when you join us – just curiosity and a willingness to learn. We’ll go over everything from scratch, introducing you to the business environment, and helping you develop the academic and professional skills you’ll need to succeed.

A fresh course for an emerging field

Cognitive psychology. Social psychology. Decision making. Fairness at work. The course covers a huge range of topics across business and psychology.

But despite the broad scope, you’ll find a very rounded approach to the subject. We’ve designed the curriculum to train you for work as a business psychologist – it’s not a joint business and psychology degree run by two different departments. Learn from our experts and discover how you can fit in to this exciting field.

Put your career first

We help you learn the practical skills you’ll need for the future. For example, in the Business Psychology in Practice module you’ll learn how to manage client relationships, identify problems and come up with solutions. It’s a great way to test the waters of a consultancy career.

In your final year you’ll design your own project around a challenge. Collect and analyse data and use your creativity to solve the issue – just like you would in the working world.

Features and Benefits

  • Distinctive - this course is one of the few of its kind in the UK, offering a programme of units focused on
    this specialist area.
  • Professional body links - we have close links with The Association for Business Psychology, which is the professional body that champions the use of psychology in the workplace.
  • Employability - strong focus on personal development, helping you to improve your employability.
  • Aim high - a highly supportive environment and an expert academic team to help you achieve your academic goals.
  • Choose a placement or study abroad – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.
  • Regular events - regular guest speakers from a range of UK and overseas organisations.
  • Broad range of teaching methods - interactive, fun and collaborative teaching delivered through a combination of lectures, classroom sessions, workshops and seminars, facilitating debate and interaction.
  • Fantastic experience - numerous social and extra-curricular activities helping you to enjoy the experience. 
"YOUR EMPLOYABILITY IS AT THE HEART OF OR DEGREE COURSE. YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE ASSOCIATION FOR BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGY AND ASSISTING WITH THEIR ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN LONDON, THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY AND BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGY EVENTS PLANNING." Marilena Antoniadou, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Business Psychology.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Business psychology is an emerging field and the opportunities for an exciting career will continue to grow. Many organisations have already seen the value of having a business psychologist on board – the NHS and Ministry of Justice have entire occupational psychology departments.

Business psychologists are helping Lego understand the value of play in the workplace. They’re helping NASA train astronauts for the stress of space missions. And they’re helping the gaming industry make video games more exciting and challenging.

You could look for work in house with an organisation (especially in the public sector), or you could become a consultant working with lots of different businesses. Many business psychologists also find writing work discussing psychological issues for magazines and blogs.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

A levels ­– BCC-BBC

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

This is a new course for the 2020 intake - advanced entry to the course is not available. 

Course details

From digital skills to strategic management, the course covers a wide range of topics. We’ve made sure each unit is taught by a real expert in the subject – whether that’s a financial whizz from our business school or a social psychologist from our psychology department.

But more important than the range of subjects is the way they join up. This is one of the few courses in the UK dedicated to business psychology (not business and psychology), so everything is geared towards your future career.

Depending on your ambitions, you can also personalise the course with our optional units. Maybe you’re interested in coaching? Or passionate about diversity in the workplace? Choose subjects around your interests, and even complete your research project in that area.

You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

Foundation year

This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the foundation year page.

You will study eight 15 credit units.

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Core Units

Working in a Digital Era

The unit aims to review the digital context for work and its implications for managers. It explores how technology is used in the management of people and resources. It critically analyses how technology provides opportunities for collaborative working along with the strengths and limitations of technology for people and organisations, including ethical considerations.

Consumer Psychology

The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the psychology of consumers and their buying behaviour. The unit focuses on consumer’s perceptions, beliefs, attitudes and what influences them towards buying or not buying products and services

Psychology in Practice

This unit will introduce students to the work of psychologists; the types of work that psychologists do in an organisational setting. Enabling students to understand how psychologists are applied in a practical employment related setting.

Introduction to Psychology for Business

This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the study of individual’s behaviours, thoughts and emotions in business and organisational settings. The unit explores the mainstream theories concerning business, work and organisational psychology.

Developing Academic & Professional Skills

This unit will develop the student’s academic skills to ensure their success on the degree programme. Covering topics such as writing, research, referencing, presentation and digital skills.

Fairness at Work

This unit will identify the current issues relating to fairness in the workplace; understand key patterns and manifestations of employment inequality and how inequalities intersect with each other to create and sustain disadvantage. The unit will explore discriminatory practices for specific groups and evaluate the effectiveness of organisational and institutional frameworks to tackle these practices. Students will develop skills and knowledge with respect to developing and applying policies on fairness and equality in the workplace.

Accounting and FinTech for Managers

This unit gives students an understanding of finance within organisations, with a specific focus on budgeting, and an introduction to FinTech, the key technologies and business models that will re-imagine the global economy in the 21st century.

Managing People in a Contemporary Economy

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.

You will study seven 15 credit units.

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Core Units

Principles of Strategic Management

This unit presents a systematic approach to the study of strategy, building upon an array of ideas and theories ranging from industrial organization theory to institutional economics. This unit outlines the fundamentals of strategic management and gives students an introduction in this important area of business management. Students will gain an awareness of the issues involved and the techniques that managers adopt. The tools and techniques will help students understand how organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

Leading Change, Decision Making and Risk

Students in this unit develop a sound understanding of the theory and practice of leadership and organisational change, including the factors, which contribute to the successful facilitation of change within the workplace. Review the impact of decision-making and risk management in the management of change process. The unit provides participants with the opportunity to critically reflect upon their own experiences of change management drawing on a range of perspectives.

Cognitive Psychology

This unit examines a broad range of topics aimed at explaining cognitive processes. It also examines the historical and conceptual issues surrounding approaches, methods and paradigms when considering these topics. The student will have the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of theories and models in a range of topics, including perception, attention, automaticity, memory, consciousness, cognition and emotion, language, reasoning and decisionmaking. Furthermore, this course aims to enable the student to apply their knowledge and understanding of cognitive processes to real world issues and situations.

Enhancing Academic & Professional Skills

This unit will build on the academic skills developed during level and introduce employability skills and tools that will enable them to find a placement or work experience.

Personality and Individual Differences in the Workplace

The aim of the unit is to extend the student’s knowledge and understanding of historical background, concepts and theories in the study of personality and individual differences including intelligence and psychometric testing. The unit will develop the student’s understanding of the relevance of these concepts and theories when applied to the recruitment and selection process.

Social Psychology

The purpose of this unit is to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories in the field of social psychology. Student’s will develop an appreciation and understanding of the relevance of social psychological theories and empirical findings across differing organisational contexts and will be able to evaluate critically traditional and contemporary theories in social psychology.

Consumption Behaviour

The aim of this unit is to develop students' understanding of consumer behaviour and its usefulness for marketing management. Drawing on disciplines such as sociology, psychology and consumer behaviour the unit develops understanding of the nature of consumers as individuals within society and their culture.

You will study five 15 credit units and one 30 credit unit.

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Core Units

Psychology at Work

The purpose of this unit is to apply psychological theories and principles to organizations and individuals in their places of work as well as the individual's work-life more generally. The unit examines key topic areas in work psychology that affect people's performance and well-being at work, including individual differences, stress, cognitive ability; teamwork; work design and emotional intelligence.

Undertaking a Research Project (30 credits)

This unit builds on the year three, term one unit, Designing a Research Project. Students reflect on their chosen topics, literature review and research design and undertake data collection and analysis. They present their findings in the form of a Research Project

Designing a Research Project

This unit introduces students to the research process and methodologies including quantitative and qualitative approaches. It discusses how to identify a business issue for research and how to situate this within a relevant body of academic literature. It explores the literature review process and analyses key considerations in research design.

Applied Professional Practice and Career Development

This unit will further develop the employability skills gained at level 5; and cover the skills required to gain a graduate level position; review options such as mentoring and coaching to enable them to enhance their career 5 prospects. Introduce possibility of moving on to Masters level study or further professional qualification.

Leadership in Practice

This unit explores concepts and models of leadership, reviews key issues such as diversity and ethical leadership; personality, psychological factors, use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development. Leadership theories and practice; strategic leadership; ethical leadership; diversity and leadership; leadership and change; power and politics; cross cultural leadership; globalization and sustainability; personality and psychological factors in relation to the role of the leader; professional and commercial issues in leadership; coaching and development.

Power, Politics and Conflict

The purpose of this unit is to explore the interconnected nature of organisational power, politics and conflict. Drawing on theories of power, politics and conflict this unit examines the implications for management with respect to organisational culture, decision making, productivity and individual well-being.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

Assessment

Placement options

Most of our degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

The Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.

Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page.

Study Abroad

Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

Working Abroad

Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.

A City of Opportunities

Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Here, business thrives in districts like Spinningfields, which is home to more than 150 financial and commercial services organisations, while initiatives like the Start-up Factory and the Sharp Project help forge the next generation of commercial enterprises. For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your entrepreneurial ambitions. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.

Department of People and Performance

Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.

The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

N233

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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