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Psychology and Human Resource Management
BSc (Hons)

Psychology and Human Resource Management offers an exciting opportunity for students to combine studies in two areas of expertise.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

C8N6

Why Study Psychology and Human Resource Management?

This programme offers an exciting opportunity for students to combine studies in two areas of expertise. You'll uncover the reasons why people behave the way they do by studying psychology, and be able to apply this to understanding management of people in a business context.

Our aim is to produce graduates with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and professionalism, which will allow them to enter a competitive career environment with a clear advantage.

This degree combines core psychology modules with human resource management (HRM), exposing you to areas such as cognitive psychology and personality and individual differences, as well as resourcing, talent planning and strategic human resource management.

As a Psychology and Human Resource Management student, you’ll also be given the opportunity to study applied aspects of psychology such as forensic psychology and evolutionary psychology, alongside HRM modules delivered by Dundee Business School.

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An undergraduate  qualification can help develop you into a confident, independent thinker who's ready to face the challenges of the modern world. 

Information and advice is key to making sure you make the right decision for you. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about stepping into the world of undergraduate study.

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Your Journey Starts Here

This programme enjoys excellent links between staff and industry. These areas include gaming, education, health, security, and the police, as well as a number of private and third sector organisations.

A research volunteer scheme also offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience, which is invaluable if you’re keen to move into a research career.

Most of all, you’ll benefit from our small class sizes, learning from staff who are at the cutting-edge of research, and first-rate support from both academic schools to help you squeeze the most from your time at Abertay.

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Entry Requirements

Please note:  All applicants must have a pass in English and Maths in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4. Lifeskill Maths is not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office (admissions@abertay.ac.uk) who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB Literate subject
A-Level BCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 29 Points Literate subject at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Health & Social Care
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP ABB Access to: University Study, Community, Education & Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and Primary Teaching, Languages, Arts & Social Sciences, Humanities & Primary Education, Degree Studies, Celtic Studies
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher AAB Psychology
A-Level AAB Psychology
BTEC Extended Diploma D*D*D -
HNC - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Introductory Psychology (PSY101)

An introduction to the key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (conceptual and historical issues in psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology) and to the research methods used in the scientific study of behaviour. The theoretical underpinnings of core areas are explored and set in an applied framework to help students understand how psychology research can be used to address real-world problems facing modern societies.

Nature of Management (BMT101)

An introduction to the key theories, concepts and functions of management. Module content includes: organisational structure and work design; management theories; leadership theories; management in practice.

Introductory Psychology 2 (PSY102)

An introduction to key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (individual differences, developmental psychology, and biological psychology) that continues education in research methods used in the scientific study of behaviour. The theoretical underpinnings of core areas are explored and set in an applied framework to help students understand how psychology research can be used to address real-world problems facing modern societies.

Managing People and Ideas (BMT103)

An introduction to the management of people and ideas and how different theories and practices can be used to enhance individual and organisational performance. Module content includes: management in context; people management; ideas management; using research in management practice.

Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods (PSY204)

An introduction to the cognitive aspects of the BPS curriculum. Students will be introduced to research methodologies, theories and models of how cognitive psychology works as a science. They will also be introduced to the statistical concepts and methodologies that underpin research in psychology.

Resourcing and Talent Planning (BMT205)

An introduction to the management issues related to the process of attracting, recruiting, retaining and managing the departure of staff from an organisation. Provides students with the skills to examine how organisations plan effectively to meet their current and anticipated organisational skills needs.

Social Psychology and Research Methods (PSY201)

An introduction to the social psychology content of the BPS curriculum that will provide students with a critical and comprehensive understanding of the major topics, empirical research and theoretical approaches in social psychology. Building on the content of PSY204, students will be trained in the research methods that underpin the scientific study of social cognition and behaviour.

Project Management (BMT202)

Provides students with an understanding of the complexity of project management and the tools and techniques to support successful management. Students will also carry out an investigation into a project failure and recommend alternative actions which could have been taken.

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study. 

The practical laboratory classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques in the study of human behaviour first hand, and an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data applicable to both psychology and business.

You’re assessed using a variety of methods. These include examinations and class tests, practical laboratory reports, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects and writing scientific articles and case studies.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Psychology and Human Resource Management

Accreditation

 

 

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Programme Leader - Psychology and Human Resource Management

Dr Lynn Wright

Dr Lynn Wright

School of Social and Health Sciences | Senior Lecturer

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Careers

Successful graduation from Psychology and Human Resource Management will confer eligibility for Graduate-Basis Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (accreditation confirmation pending). BPS accreditation is a requirement if you want to pursue postgraduate training in psychology (organisational, clinical, educational or forensic qualifications).

The transferrable skills, including numeracy and statistics and research evaluation, provide a good basis for careers in psychology and the management of people. Potential careers opportunities are varied, from working in large organisations, part of a small business team or setting up your own business. Career destinations can include behaviour analyst, human resource systems manager, personal advisor, recruitment consultant, training and development coordinator, marketing, teaching, social work, research and academia.

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Abertay is conveniently located on a city centre campus, with all of its buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other. Shops, recreational facilities and the main bus and train stations are a short walk away.

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We're proud of our students and graduates, and we believe there's no better place to study if you're looking for a degree that helps you stand out as an exceptional candidate in an increasingly competitive job market.

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Living in Dundee

Dundee is a city of contrasts. It's vibrant and cosmopolitan, but also friendly, compact and affordable. The first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status, Dundee has a rich history of innovation and creativity, and, in recent years, has become a hub for the digital industries.

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Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

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