The BSc Psychology and Business Management degree at Aberystwyth University will equip you with the competences and qualities good management, direction and leadership of a successful business require. These qualities will enable you to effectively manage and lead and deliver corporate objectives while maximising human resource effectiveness. The BSc Psychology and Business Management degree at Aberystwyth University will enable you to learn from two leading academic departments where expertise and knowledge from the two respective disciplines combine developing your skills and knowledge and helping you achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
96% overall student satisfaction in the Department of Psychology. (NSS 2019)
96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Psychology graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
95% of our Business and Administrative subject students were satisfied that the staff were good at explaining things, 88 for the sector. (NSS 2019)
97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Why study Psychology and Business Management at Aberystwyth University?
This course is collaboratively taught by the Department of Psychology and Aberystwyth Business School. The syllabus of this course will provide you with an over-aching integrative view of the impact of the psychological drivers and influences for business efficacy leading to improved financial performance. The degree is delivered through novel student collaborative approaches providing wider and more sophisticated perspectives and ultimately a thorough understanding of cultural interactions and international outlooks.
The Business Management element led by Aberystwyth Business School is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Psychology element is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) allowing distinct career trajectories; one in professional management and the other in professional Psychology alongside careers that seamlessly blend these components (for example experts in Organisational Behaviour, or Human Resource Management).
An over-aching aim of this degree is to provide you with the essential and career-expected graduate competences that differentiate you during your early career stages; optimising the effective transition from campus to career.
Department of Psychology’s teaching staff are all research active and all permanent staff are qualified to PhD level with most having either a PGCTHE or are fellows/senior fellow of the higher education academy. Over half of the staff also have the qualification CPsychol; an indicator of the BPS’ highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.
Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Brain, Behaviour And Cognition||PS11220||20|
|Fundamentals Of Accounting And Finance||AB11120||20|
|Fundamentals Of Management And Business||AB15120||20|
|Introduction To Core Topics In Social And Individual Behaviour||PS11420||20|
|Introduction To Research Methods In Psychology||PS11320||20|
|Marketing Principles And Contemporary Practice||AB17120||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Human Resource Management||AB25420||20|
|Operations And Supply Chain Management||AB25120||20|
|Qualitative Research Methods||PS21410||10|
|Quantitative Research Methods||PS21310||10|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Entrepreneurship And New Venture Creation||AB25220||20|
What career opportunities exist for a Psychology and Business Management graduate?
This BSc degree will provide an excellent foundation for a professional career in business, management or psychology. Aberystwyth Business School offers a dedicated consultancy employability module where students competitively apply as consultants with an industry partner. During semesters students consult for industry providing you with practical exposure to the iterative nature of opportunity development and risk mitigation.
Many of our graduates have initiated careers in key industries which include accounting and finance, investment banking, risk management, insurance and underwriting, similarly graduates are in high-demand for more general management professions that include retail management, the public sector, the NHS, distribution and logistics management.
What skills will I obtain from this degree?
Studying our degree in Psychology and Business Management will equip you with the following skills:
- Understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
- Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
- Deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes
- The ability to communicate clearly in a written and spoken form
- Effective problem solving
- Analytical and creative thinking skills
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Time-Management and organisational skills
- Self-motivation and self-reliance.
What work experience opportunities exist at Aberystwyth University?
Discover more about the various employment opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Learning & Teaching
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
The holistic approach of business and management teaching in your first year explores foundational elements so you discover and understand the fundamental principles of business. These include the mechanisms by which management is discharged in various industries, the impact of the business environment on performance, and the mediating impact of macro-environmental elements (such as Brexit, COVID-19) have on management. Additionally, the contemporary mechanisms by which organisations communicate value propositions to customers and markets are explored. Within Psychology, a similar foundational route is undertaken and you will explore social and individual behaviour, brain cognition, historical issues in psychology and importantly you will begin to understand the inter-related nature of the individual, society and culture to business practice.
In your second and third year, you will undertake core business and management psychology concepts that include organisational behaviour and theory, impacts of market structures and pricing strategies, the effective development and utilisation of industry specific techniques for operations management. Additionally, the impacts of human resource and talent management on executing organisational management and leadership planning are introduced and mastered. To solidify your understanding, you will also have the opportunity to apply the theories identified above into an independent research project allowing you to explore the analytical skills associated with business excellence.
How will I be taught?
From traditional lectures to small group work, we deliver inspirational teaching through a wide variety of different formats. You will also get to apply your knowledge in lab-based workshops and practicals, where you will be able to benefit from our wide range of specialist research equipment and facilities. Your development will be assessed in a broad variety of ways including; traditional exams, essays, wikis, blogs, observations and presentations.
To ensure that you are performing consistently and to make the most of your university experience, you will be assigned a personal tutor. The role of the personal tutor will be critical to your overall student experience while studying at Aberystwyth University and your chosen personal tutor will assist you with all matters relating to academic and non-academic.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 96 - 120
A Levels 112-120 UCAS Tariff
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
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