Psychology plays an important role in many aspects of business. By gaining skills in both subjects, you’ll be prepared for a range of graduate destinations.
You’ll use a variety of psychological tools and specialist software, as well as learning the key theories and principles of business, equipping you with the skills today’s employers demand.
Gaining the core elements of a Psychology degree, you’ll also learn the analytical and communication skills you’ll need to succeed in a modern business environment. You’ll also be able to choose chartered psychology career paths, enabling you to directly apply business elements to different fields of psychology
The practical business experience and conceptual frameworks you’ll learn from both disciplines will enhance your employability prospects, and you’ll also be given the chance to collaborate with charities and local businesses, building your contacts as well as your skills.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
*National Student Survey 2017
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|A Level||BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects|
|BTEC||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points|
|GCSE||GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.|
|England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|City and Guilds Level 2||N/A||Certificates in Adult Numeracy/Adult Literacy. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2||Pass||English Language and Maths. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4+. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)||BBBCC||Must include English language and Maths. Required at the point of enrolment.|
Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:
If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
We've put together a whole host of resources including student tips and expert advice to help you nail your exams. You can even get a free revision guide.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||PT||5 Years||See below|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£12,000 per year|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)|
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college. You can apply until 30 June.
There are three ways to apply:
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Introduction to Psychology
This module explores the origins, developments and refinements in the study of modern-day psychology, dating back to early philosophy. The module will ensure students will see how modern-day psychology has evolved, by viewing the scientific, cultural and social movements, and influences, that were happening alongside the development of this new discipline.
Psychology and Research Skills
The module will also explore many of the methods involved in planning and executing research within psychology, such as identifying an appropriate research question, reviewing existing literature, research planning, data collection methods and ethical considerations. The module will also introduce different types of psychological research.
Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
The module provides a conceptual understanding reporting research, the core statistical principals and tests. It provides hands-on experience of conducting an experiment, using statistical software for carrying out analyses and writing up the experiment in practical workshops. This module will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to prepare them for future work, as well as identifying how the skills and knowledge gained during this module are relevant to future modules that cover GBC competencies.
Here you will explain the complimentary roles of the key functional areas of marketing, operations, and finance within a given organisation.
You will demonstrate familiarity with appropriate theory, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the nature of industry and the formation of organisations.
The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:
Here, you will continue to develop the key transferrable skills from your first year, while understanding the cognitive and neural theories across a range of areas. You will apply advanced psychological theory and methodology to real research questions.
Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
You will appraise the relevance and utility of different quantitative methodologies in contemporary research practice.
Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
You will design, construct, and carry out a small-scale qualitative research project, using contemporary qualitative methodologies and analyses.
Here you will apply appropriate conceptual strategic management models and frameworks to analyse differing organisational scenarios for a small business and, via a poster presentation, present them professionally and visually.
The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:
Applied Social Psychology
You will demonstrate knowledge and appraise major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in social psychology.
In this module, you will demonstrate a critical understanding of the different research methods within lifespan development, with an ability to create argued conclusions.
Business Processes and Systems
In this module, you will choose and apply appropriate concepts, theories and methods to critically evaluate an existing business process.
Integrative Psychology Project Based Module
In this module, you will seek out research sources to produce an in-depth dissertation that answers your own identified research question or knowledge gap, making a contribution to the existing literature within a chosen topic area. This will be facilitated through critical evaluation of the sources you have selected and used.
The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:
This programme is designed to deliver the highest standards in learning practice, while aligning with specifications determined by the BPS, and the QAA benchmark standards for business and management.
You will learn to reason scientifically, applying the main perspectives in psychology to the explanation of patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and thinking. You’ll integrate the main perspectives in psychology and business, considering their application to the understanding of their contemporary issues within both disciplines.
In your first year, you will learn about the six core subject areas of Psychology, in addition to both the structure of organisations and businesses. You’ll gain a knowledge of finance and operation within different organisations, as well as developing psychological literary skills, such as writing and presenting. You will begin to think analytically, looking at different concepts and ideas.
Your second year will put a greater focus on professional practice, with some modules integrating biological and cognitive psychology to highlight the relationship between brain function and thought processing. Our Employability module will also provide you with experience and help with CVs and interviews.
In your final year, you will conduct an Integrative Research Project, combining all elements of the degree in order to evaluate and answer a specific question relating to the course.
Previous trips have included visiting the Science Museum in London, getting to see some of the museum’s acclaimed science exhibitions, and learning first-hand key processes and information.
The Society and its members develop, promote and apply psychology for the public good. They enhance the efficiency and usefulness of psychologists by setting high standards of professional education and knowledge, and cover all areas of psychological research and practice.
Find out more about British Psychological Society accreditation.
You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.
We also offer our Make a Difference scheme, which has seen former students go to Thailand and Morocco.
Upon graduating from a Psychology course, you could progress onto one of our postgraduate courses.
Our MSc Forensic Psychology will enable you to develop a career in forensic or forensic-related settings, working with offenders and victims of crime.
We also offer an MSc Psychology course designed for non-accredited psychology graduates or graduates with a degree in an unrelated area looking to develop a career in professional psychology.
You will have the option to collaborate with charities and government organisations in order to promote positive change, while developing relevant employability skills.
You’ll benefit from visiting professors from various applied psychology settings such as healthcare, clinical psychology, police and specialist academics in other universities.
You will also, through our Careers and Job Prospects team, be offered the chance to develop and improve your employability through workshops on CVs, career planning and interviews.
You will have opportunities to undertake shadowing and even research in other organisations, such as HMP Birmingham and Momentum Skills. Our close working relationships with leading local employers, such as Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS, will also give you the chance to gain valuable work experience.
You will also have the option of a placement year, where you can spend 12 months within a valid workplace, gaining vital real-world skills and gaining valuable industry contacts.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.
The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.
For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.
Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.
Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.
Dr Panagiotis Rentzelas’ teaching experience of health psychology stems from his long-term interest in applying quantitative social psychology research into health-related policy making. He is especially interested in investigating the role of culture on the efficiency of a psychological intervention.