BSc (Hons) Psychology with Management

The course

UCAS code
4 years
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The psychology component of the course (75% of the curriculum) covers the discipline’s main areas, namely social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, individual differences, and research methods, and emphasises their application to various employment-related contexts. The management component (25%) of the course introduces (and allows specialism within) marketing, human resource management, finance, and management.

Teaching is mainly via lectures, but large numbers of tutorials mean that staff and students know one another well. Assessment features a mixture of coursework and examination.

Go Global with Psychology at Heriot-Watt University

BSc Psychology with Management is taught across Heriot-Watt University’s three main global campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai, and Malaysia. This means our students can easily transfer for one semester or more across our campuses and continue to study the same content whilst enjoying extremely beneficial life experiences. At least two years must be studied at the Edinburgh campus in order to gain BPS Accreditation.

Global College pathway for this degree

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, have a look at Heriot-Watt Global College, where you can follow an accelerated pathway which will get you onto the second year of this degree.


The British Psychological Society - Accredited

BSc Psychology with Management at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and qualifies honours students for graduate registration with the Society. This is required for those wishing to take professional courses and qualify as professional psychologists (for example, clinical, forensic, occupational or educational psychologists) in the UK. 

Students must study at least two years of their degree at the Edinburgh campus in order to qualify. Students can submit an individual application for graduate membership of the Society if they do not meet the two years criteria.

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course content

Year 1

Courses introduce fundamental aspects of Psychology and develop the specific research and academic skills required for psychological research. Management in a Global Context and two optional courses introduce the areas of management and finance which are of interest to you. 

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Psychology 1
  • Research Methods and Analysis 1
  • Academic Skills in Psychology
  • Management in a Global Context

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Psychology 2
  • Research Methods and Analysis 2
  • Becoming a Professional
  • Business Management Option*

Optional courses: 

  • Discovering Business
  • Introduction to Finance

Year 2

Psychology courses cover social, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as well as individual differences and research methods. You will select two management courses which introduce the fundamentals of specialist business subjects such as marketing and human resource management.

Semester 1

  • Philosophy and History of Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analysis 3
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Fundamentals of Marketing or Human Resource Management

Semester 2

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analysis 4
  • Social Psychology
  • Business Skills for the Second Machine Age or Organisational Behaviour

Year 3

Psychology courses cover social, cognitive, developmental, and biological psychology, as well as individual differences and research methods. You will also study two management courses with options covering Project Management, Employment Law, Marketing, Enterprise and other specialist areas. 

Semester 1

  • Cognition Across the Lifespan
  • Research Methods and Analysis 5
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Business Management option*
*Semester 1 options:
  • Business Venturing
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Employment Law
  • Project Management
  • Resourcing and Talent Management

Semester 2

  • Biological Psychology 
  • Research Methods and Analysis 6
  • Social Cognition and Personality
  • Business Management option*
*Semester 2 options:
  • Innovation Management
  • Leading in Organisations
  • Integrated Marketing Communications

Year 4

You will work closely with a staff member to devise and conduct a research project in experimental psychology over both semesters. You will also study Psychology of Education and Advanced Social Psychology. You will be offered four options with the choice of approved psychology options and additional specialist management options.

Semester 1

  • Research Project 1
  • Psychology option
  • Business Management option
  • Option

Semester 2

  • Research Project 2
  • Psychology option
  • Business Management option
  • Option

Optional courses: 

  • The Contemporary Workforce 
  • Diversity Management 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Global Business Analysis 2: Global Trends and Risks 
  • Global Business Analysis 1: International Markets and Strategy 
  • Leisure Marketing 
  • Changing Trends in Employment 
  • Retail Marketing 
  • Neurodiversity 
  • Counselling Psychology 
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation 
  • Psychology and Mental Health 
  • Neuropsychology 
  • Workplace Psychology 
  • Psychology of Education 
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 
  • Advanced Social Psychology 

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Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Management students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 54% are working
  • 16% are studying
  • 21% are working and studying.


  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £22000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £22500

Potential career paths

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Welfare and housing associate professionals
  • Therapy professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 

Highers AABB (over two sittings)
A-Levels BBC - ABB
Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
BTEC DDM (Health and Social Sciences preferred)
HNC B in graded unit Social Sciences (Psychology, Research Methods/Statistics required modules)

Minimum entry requirements *

Highers BBBC
A-Levels BBC - ABB

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

• live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20)
• or are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB (plus AABB at Higher preferably including Higher Psychology A)
  • A-Levels ABB - Psychology at A is preferred
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points
  • HNC A in Social Sciences graded unit (Social Sciences, Psychology, Research Methods/Statistics required)
  • HND AB / BA in Social Sciences graded units (Social Sciences, Psychology, Research Methods/Statistics required)
  • Global College Successful completion of our Psychology with Accelerator Programme

Additional information

• For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications, mature candidates and overseas students.
• If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at
• Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.

English language requirements

• If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2024 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,704

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

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