This course looks at the practical applications of psychology and business, and the links between theory and practice.
You’ll study the theories, principles and underlying concepts of the main functions of management, people management in particular, and develop a strong understanding of business models and processes. You’ll examine how strategic decision-making within organisations takes place, and develop the ability to recognise and analyse the economic, technical, financial, social and organisational parameters within which modern managers make decisions.
You'll gain a thorough grounding in the principles and research methods of psychology. The distinctive flavour of studying psychology at Aston is the emphasis which is placed on applied as well as theoretical studies of psychology. The course covers a wide range of issues in, and theories of, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, psychobiology, and individual differences.
Your placement year will give you the opportunity to apply your key skills and competencies within a real work-based situation.
This programme is - we believe - unique in the UK in that students have the opportunity to achieve recognition from two major professional bodies, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). Depending on your choice of options, it is possible to gain recognition from both bodies which will provide a further boost to your employability and your future prospects in education and employment.
Psychology & Business students take 120 credits of modules per year, 60 from business modules and 60 from psychology modules. A 10 credit module comprises approximately 100 learning hours and has up to three contact hours per week.Typical modules include:
At Aston the placement year is an integral part of your course, and contributes to your final grade.
During your final year you have the opportunity to specialise in the areas of business and psychology of particular interest and relevance to your career.