Kent is a leading centre for social psychology – the study of human behaviour in a social environment – and we also have strengths in cognitive, forensic and developmental psychology. Passionate about research, our academics are world-leading experts and can inspire you to develop your own ideas and become an independent thinker.
The lecturers have a friendly approach to teaching and you get a high level of academic support via lectures, seminars and one-to-one feedback.
Our degree programme
Business Psychology with a Placement Year is a four-year programme, you spend a year in practice between your second and final years. Our programme is accredited by The Association for Business Psychology.
In the first year you gain an excellent understanding of psychology, laying a strong foundation for the advanced material covered later. Subjects covered include statistics in psychology, biological and general psychology, social psychology and business psychology.
Your second year of study builds on the knowledge gained in the first year. Modules cover the study of personality, social psychology of groups and the individual, personal and professional development, and the development of leadership skills.
In your final year, you design and carry out an extended individual project under the supervision of a member of staff. You must pass the project element to obtain an honours degree.
Year of professional experience
On this programme you spend a year on placement (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stage 1). Alternatively, you can take our three-year Business Psychology degree.
The School of Psychology is in a modern building with state-of-the-art teaching facilities and two computer rooms. Our specialised equipment includes:
eye-tracker technologyelectroencephalography (EEG) equipment for monitoring brain functionbrain stimulation laboratoriesphysiology laboratorieschild-friendly testing spacesa virtual reality laboratorygroup dynamics laboratoriesobservation suites.
The Psychology Society is run by Kent students. Previous activities include talks by guest speakers and the chance for students to publish work in the Student Journal of Psychology.
The School of Psychology also puts on many events that you are welcome to attend. These may include:
research seminars led by leading psychologistsprofessional development workshopsinformal staff presentations followed by open discussion.
Modules are taught by weekly lectures, workshops, small group seminars and project supervision. The Psychology Statistics and Practical modules include laboratory practical sessions, statistics classes, computing classes and lectures in statistics and methodology.
Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree result. Our assessment
methods are varied and will include, but are not limited to, examinations,
written assignments and essays, group work and oral presentations
Knowledge and understanding
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:
- psychology statistics, practical experimentation and research from a theoretical and practical application.
- how interpersonal and group behaviour affects individuals.
- how cognition and biological processes play a role in human behaviour and experience.
- personality and individual differences, and the impact they have on individuals and groups.
- the historical, philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology.
- the relationship between psychology and allied disciplines.
- the different frameworks in psychology, and an ability to demonstrate different levels of description and explanation.
- theory and practice of Business Psychology as applied to individuals, groups, and organisations.
You will develop intellectual abilities in the following:
- be able to undertake critical reflection on particular issues in the field of psychology
- communicate ideas and research findings effectively and fluently by oral discussion including in groups
- demonstrate findings by means of written analysis and interpretation
- be able to make critical evaluation and exposition of ideas
- demonstrate development of writing and reading skills
- use effective personal planning and project management skills
- demonstrate self-reflection and development from feedback from different sources (e.g., staff and peers, information technology)
- demonstrate clarity in thinking, critical thinking and problem identification.
You will gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- completion of an empirical study in an area of business psychology, under supervision
- demonstrate expertise in the design and conduct of empirical research
- evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in business psychology
- awareness of ethical principles and approval procedures and being able to apply these to work undertaken by business psychologists
- use of the major analytic techniques employed by business psychologists
- demonstrate competence in use of inferential method of science (deductive methods, single case methods, semiotics)
- reason statistically, and use a range of statistical methods with confidence
- demonstrate competence in the use of psychology-oriented software applications (e.g., database programmes, experiment generators, statistical packages)
- an ability to disseminate psychological information to appropriate bodies, and use of psychological knowledge to enhance this process.
You will gain transferable skills in the following:
- Communication: organise information clearly; respond to written sources; present information orally; adapt style for different audiences; use of images as a communication tool
- Numeracy: make sense of statistical materials; integrate numerical and non-numerical information; understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
- Information Technology: produce written documents; undertake online research; communicate using e?mail; process information using databases
- Working with others: define and review the work of others; work co-operatively on group tasks, assignments, and projects; understand how groups function; show leadership and followership
- Improving own learning: explore personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; develop resilience; review working environment (especially student-staff relationship); develop specialist learning skills (e.g. foreign languages); develop autonomy in learning
- Problem solving: identify and define problems; show entrepreneurship; explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
The programme aims to:
- provide a programme that will attract and meet the needs of both those contemplating a career in business psychology and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in psychology.
- contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes.
- provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of principal approaches and perspectives in psychology, with emphasis on improving working life.
- develop a critical awareness and appraisal of the different approaches to psychology and related disciplines, and to introduce students to a range of different theoretical and methodological perspectives.
- offer a range of modules covering foundations of psychology, as well as specialised modules in business psychology.
- provide teaching which is informed by current research and practice, and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge.
- enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research, including research into areas of psychology they have not previously studied.
- develop general critical, analytical and problem solving skills which are applicable in a wide range of different applied and non-applied psychological and extra-psychological settings.
- provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in the psychology professions and other fields.