Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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MA Psychology and Business

UCAS code: CN81

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Psychology and Business


Psychologists are interested in the way biological and social factors influence how we behave, and how interests and abilities differ from person to person.

They also study how we perceive, think, and learn about the world around us. They examine how we communicate verbally and non-verbally, and how and why our mental abilities change across our lives.

Psychology is an experimental and observational science, in which evidence from research studies is used to develop and evaluate theories. Our programme has a strong emphasis on developing skills in research methods and statistical analysis, to support our research-led teaching.


Business courses focus on the theories and methods behind successful management and explore the relationships between people, organisations and their environment.

You will study:

  • organisational policies

  • strategic planning,

  • employment relations

  • finance

  • marketing

  • technology


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

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

  • 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.

It is also strongly recommended that you take the Data Analysis for Psychology in R1 course which will provide the foundations in working with data, probability, hypothesis testing and the use of R statistical programming environment.


You will take two business courses

  • Global Challenges for Business

  • The Business of Edinburgh

These courses will introduce key concepts of management and business including:

  • strategy

  • finance

  • marketing

  • the management of people

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, developing an integrated understanding of topics such as:

  • individual differences

  • abnormal, developmental and social psychology

  • perception

  • cognitive neuroscience

  • language

  • memory/learning

You will practise and develop your professional and study skills, such as:

  • literature searching

  • report writing

  • ethical awareness

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


In business, you will select up to three courses covering areas such as:

  • finance

  • economics

  • marketing

  • innovation

  • analytics

  • enterprise

Year 3


You will choose advanced courses in psychology, expanding upon and combining the core areas required for British Psychological Society (BPS) 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 behaviour

  • marketing

Year 4

You will complete an honours dissertation in either psychology or business.

You will continue to choose advanced option courses according to your interests. These courses are research-led and will allow you to learn about cutting edge topics across the range of psychology sub-disciplines.

Course options

Precise course options change each year to reflect emerging topics, staff availability, and student demand.

Examples of courses offered include:

  • Social Psychology of Groups
  • Introduction to Neural Network Modelling
  • Methods and Controversies on Parapsychology
  • Psycholinguistics of Language Production
  • Clinical Psychological Problems in Context

In business, example options include:

  • Marketing and Society
  • Management of Technology
  • Decision Analytics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Brand Culture
  • Applications of Human Resource Management

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 (2021/22)

Our facilities

Teaching will take place at the Psychology building at George Square, and at other locations within the University's Central Area.

You will have use of the specialised laboratories and the University and School's library and computer facilities.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study in Europe through international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of:

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • practical classes

  • project work

  • peer-supported group work

  • computer-based exercises

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by various types of coursework and exams.

In Year 3 will complete a group research project and in Year 4 you will complete an independent research project.

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

Many psychology and business graduates have gone on to work in:

  • healthcare and social services

  • charitable organisations

  • human resources

  • management

  • business and finance

  • consulting

  • 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).

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - AAB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 36 points with 665 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: one from Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or equivalent, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C. Mathematics at A or Mathematics and Physics both at B or Higher Mathematics at C.
  • A Levels: one from Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4 and Mathematics at A or 7, or Mathematics and Physics both at B or 6, or Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science (or science double award) at BB or 66.
  • IB: HL: one of Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology at 5. SL: English at 5 and either Mathematics at 6 or Mathematical Studies at 7 (if not at HL).

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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