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The award
MA:Undergraduate

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Psychology and Business at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Introducing MA Psychology and Business

It is possible to obtain accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please contact us for further guidance.

What you will study

Year 1

Through lectures and tutorials, you will complete a general introduction to psychology, covering cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, the psychology of memory and perception, individual differences, language and thinking, and social psychology.

You will also discover basic concepts in research methods and statistics, and you will have a practical introduction to laboratory-based psychology research.

In Foundations of Business you will gain an understanding of the nature, structure, and workings of contemporary business organisations.

Through lectures, tutorials, and assignments, you will learn how to apply concepts of social science to business. We also recommended that you take a Year 1 economics course.

Year 2

You will continue to study core areas of psychology, along with abnormal (clinical) psychology. You will practice and develop your professional and study skills, such as literature searching, report writing and ethical awareness.

You will also complete a year-long, intensive grounding in research methods and statistics to prepare you for Year 3.

You will also select up to three courses in business covering areas such as finance, economics, marketing, innovation, analytics and enterprise.

Year 3

You will choose advanced courses in psychology, expanding upon and combining the core areas required for British Psychological Society accreditation. To support your research work, you will complete further specialist courses in research methods and statistics, and practice qualitative as well as quantitative research methods.

In business, you will take courses in Strategic Management and Research in Management, as well as a choice of further business studies courses in areas including ethics, enterprise, consumer behavior, marketing, and others.

Year 4

You will complete an honours dissertation in either psychology or business. You will also choose a selection of courses from a wide range of specialised, research-led options.

In psychology, these currently include: Clinical Neuropsychology; Children with Language Impairments; Psychological Therapies; Memory, Ageing and the Brain; Frontal Lobe Functions; Moral Judgment and Behaviour; Personality and Health; Sentence Processing; The Psychology of Wealth, Poverty and Social Rank; and others.

In business, these include: Marketing and Society; Management of Technology; Decision Analytics; Corporate Finance; Brand Culture; Applications of Human Resource Management; and others.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Career opportunities

Our graduates develop high-level research, statistical, IT and report-writing skills, valued by employers in various sectors.

Many psychology graduates have gone on to work in healthcare and social services, charitable organisations, human resources, management, business and finance, consulting, and media and advertising. Some students continue their studies to enter a research or teaching career, or to train as a professional psychologist in a specific field (such as clinical, educational, forensic, health, or organisational psychology).

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade Cor 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

Fees, costs and funding

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Psychology and Business

Additional costs

There is an optional weekend trip away in Year 3. The student contribution for this is typically

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMA:UndergraduateHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 38 points (666 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. One Higher from Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science required. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics at Grade A or Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or Higher Mathematics at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics at Grade A or 7 OR Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or 6 OR Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science (OR science double award) at grade B or 6.

  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects, including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 or Maths Studies at 7 (if not at Higher Level).

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

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    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

    The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.

    The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.

    Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.

    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

    The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.

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