Psychology with Management BSc (Hons)

  • Duration Full-time: 4 years
  • Delivery type Day
  • Intake date September
  • Fees 52000 AED per year


This programme balances approximately 75% Psychology with 25% Business and Management modules. Psychology modules cover a range of core approaches to psychology as well as research design and analysis and applied specialist topics. The curriculum is based on that recommended by the British Psychological Society. Business Management modules include a mixture of core management subjects and a range of optional courses, allowing students to tailor learning to their personal preferences.

The programme is suitable for students with a science or commerce background who are interested in the systematic study of mind and behaviour. Students may wish to take this knowledge into a career in industry or continue further training to become a professional psychologist..

Programme content

First year

Students are introduced to psychology from a range of perspectives and begin their studies in research methods, which will continue throughout the programme. This is complemented by an introduction to topics in Management.

Second year

Psychology courses cover Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Intelligence alongside more advanced Statistics and Research Design. Students also select two courses in either Human Resources or Marketing pathways.

Third year

Psychology courses cover Social Cognition, Personality, Lifespan Development and Biological Psychology. These courses take an applied approach, including the discussion of relationships, health and environment design. Students also take advanced courses in Management and Consumer Behaviour.

Fourth year

Advanced psychology courses continue the applied focus in a range of areas based on faculty expertise. In addition, each student undertakes a major independent project. This will involve research design, data collection and analysis, and the chance to learn in depth about a topic of the student's own choosing. Students also take two courses from the School of Management and Languages but they do not undertake a management project.

Career prospects

Graduates will be well prepared for many areas of employment, including business management, human resources, marketing and market research, teaching, counselling and coaching.

Students wishing to continue into licensed psychology professions (such as clinical, forensic, health or educational psychology) will be eligible for the relevant postgraduate training at Heriot-Watt, other UK institutions or internationally following completion of the Honours year.

Why study Psychology with Management at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai?

  • Heriot-Watt School of Life Sciences is ranked as one of the leading Psychology departments in the UK.
  • Heriot-Watt takes an applied focus, going beyond textbook and theory to explore real-world uses of psychology.
  • Psychology graduates have sought after transferable skills in writing, research and critical evaluation.
  • BSc Psychology graduates have career opportunities in both business and psychology professions and are eligible for postgraduate programmes across the broad range of both disciplines.

Entry requirements

First year entry

  • GCE A-Level CCC (or AABB at AS-Level)
  • CBSE or equivalent 70%
  • American High School Diploma Pass plus SATs with an overall score of 1500.
  • UAE Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points or above.
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • Foundation Year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Management / Psychology) with a BBBB.
  • A mix of A-Levels and AS-Levels are accepted as long as there are no duplicate subjects in each of the levels

Second year entry

  • GCE A Levels BBB in relevant subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • CBSE 85%
  • American High School + 3AP at grade 4
  • American High School + SATs 1800
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional information

The Psychology programmes are assessed largely by written essay and exam, and so applicants should have a strong ability in academic writing.

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 Academic (with no element below 6).