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Psychology and Human Resource Management

Why do people behave and think the way they do? You will study how and why your mind affects behaviour in specific situations. You will also develop the knowledge to make significant contributions to the management of people in organisations.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code: C8N6

Duration: 4 years (full-time)


Why choose this programme?

  • This course combines a British Psychological Society-accredited (BPS) psychology degree with human resource management (HRM).
  • Learn from research-active psychology staff at the best modern university in Scotland for Psychology research and CIPD accredited staff in the area of HRM.
  • Engage with the challenges and issues faced by managers and HR practitioners in all sectors and types of organisation, in theory and practice
  • Undertake work experience with some of the leading companies and organisations in the field.
  • Take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Groningen (Netherlands), Malta, Segovia (Spain) and University of North Florida (USA).
Psychology and Human Resource Management

What you study

What you study:
You study core areas of Psychology, such as Biological and Evolutionary Psychology; Personality and Individual Differences. Within HRM, you study core areas such as Resourcing & Talent Planning; Employee Relations and Engagement; The Future of Work, and Strategic Human Resource Management.

In addition, students can choose from a variety of optional modules and electives.

Example modules:
Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Business in Society, Law.

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

English and Maths: 
All applicants must have a pass in English and Maths in any of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4

Higher ABBB; A Level BCC; Irish Highers H2H3H3H3; BTEC Extended Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 29 Points to include literate subject at S5 or H4
Essential subjects: ‌literate subject
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses 

Advanced Higher: AAB (to include Psychology)
A Level: AAB (to include Psychology)
BTEC Extended Diploma: D*D*D 
HNC - our Coming from College pages list approved HNC courses

Not sure if you are 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 know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that 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 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

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

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

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



Further info

Your career
BPS accreditation is a requirement if you want to pursue postgraduate training in psychology (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 include teaching, social work, marketing, and human resources management.

Industry experience
There are excellent links between staff and industry, including gaming, education, health, security, the police, as well as a number of private and third sector organisations.

A research volunteer scheme offers students the opportunity to gain experience which is invaluable for a research career.

Quote from Psychology Head of Division:
‘This is a brand new programme offering an exciting opportunity for our students to combine studies in two areas of expertise at Abertay.  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’ 
Clare Cunningham, Head of the Division of Psychology

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

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