Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Three years full-time
Three to four evenings a week, October to July
Psychology provides insights that help us to understand the behaviour of people in business and organisational contexts. This course uses knowledge of the human mind and our behaviour as a basis to investigate fundamental organisational functions, such as human resource management, finance, marketing, strategy and technology.
You will learn how psychological theories and research can be applied successfully to:
- recruit, select and assess employees
- change organisations
- train and motivate people
- develop individuals’ careers.
This course is recognised by the Association for Business Psychology. The degree does not lead to Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
This course is also available for.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- This programme is run by Europe’s oldest department of organizational psychology.
- We have an active programme of research, with particular expertise in organisational psychology and human resource management.
- All of our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers and publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
- Watch a video about studying in the Department of Organizational Psychology.
You take core and compulsory modules in each year and choose an option module worth 15 credits in Year 1.
- Introduction to Business Psychology
- Introductions: Understanding the Business World
- Making Financial Decisions
- Quantitative Methods
- Strategy and Business Planning
- Workplace Health and Safety: Psychology and Management
- Group Processes in Organizations
- Individual Differences
- Marketing Principles and Practices
- Motivation and Job Design
- Organizational Behaviour
- Organizational Change
- Psychopathology and the Business Environment
- Research Methods for Business Psychology
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises mathematics and English. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.
UCAS tariff points
The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
Alternative entry routes
The Certificates of Higher Education in and in offer an entry route.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesFull-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies and presentations. Research methods training also includes practical fieldwork.
Examinations are held for approximately half of the assessments; the rest are assessed by coursework in the form of essays, typically 2000-3000 words in length, and case studies, presentations, group work and in-course tests. Research reports are required for the methods teaching. The final research project is assessed 100% by coursework.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in management, human resources or business psychology. This degree may also be useful in becoming a business psychologist, human resources officer or management consultant.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
If you are applying for a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.
Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.
Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
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