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The award
MA:Undergraduate

How long you will study
4 years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Psychology and Business at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Introducing MA Psychology and Business

It is possible to obtain accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please contact us for further guidance.

What you will study

Year 1

Through lectures and tutorials, you will complete a general introduction to psychology, covering cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, the psychology of memory and perception, individual differences, language and thinking, and social psychology.

You will also discover basic concepts in research methods and statistics, and you will have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research.

In Foundations of Business you will gain an understanding of the nature, structure, and workings of contemporary business organisations.

Through lectures, tutorials, and assignments, you will learn how to apply concepts of social science to business. We also recommended that you take a Year 1 economics course.

Year 2

You will continue to study core areas of psychology, along with abnormal (clinical) psychology. You will practice and develop your professional and study skills, such as literature searching, report writing and ethical awareness.

You will also complete a year-long, intensive grounding in research methods and statistics to prepare you for Year 3.

You will also select up to three courses in business covering areas such as finance, economics, marketing, innovation, analytics and enterprise.

Year 3

You will choose advanced courses in psychology, expanding upon and combining the core areas required for British Psychological Society accreditation. To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods and statistics, and practice qualitative as well as quantitative research methods.

In business, you will take courses in Strategic Management and Research in Management, as well as a choice of further business studies courses in areas including ethics, enterprise, consumer behavior, marketing, and others.

Year 4

You will complete an honours dissertation in either psychology or business. You will also choose a selection of courses from a wide range of specialised, research-led options.

In psychology, these currently include: Clinical Neuropsychology; Children with Language Impairments; Psychological Therapies; Memory, Ageing and the Brain; Frontal Lobe Functions; Moral Judgment and Behaviour; Personality and Health; Sentence Processing; The Psychology of Wealth, Poverty and Social Rank; and others.

In business, these include: Marketing and Society; Management of Technology; Decision Analytics; Corporate Finance; Brand Culture; Applications of Human Resource Management; and others.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Career opportunities

Our graduates develop high-level research, statistical, IT and report-writing skills, valued by employers in various sectors.

Many psychology graduates have gone on to work in healthcare and social services, charitable organisations, human resources, management, business and finance, consulting, and media and advertising. Some students continue their studies to enter a research or teaching career, or to train as a professional psychologist in a specific field (such as clinical, educational, forensic, health, or organisational psychology).

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade Cor 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

Fees, costs and funding

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Psychology and Business

Additional costs

There is an optional weekend trip away in Year 3. The student contribution for this is typically

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International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

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International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

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