Applied psychology has become influential in almost all aspects of society including work, education, healthcare and health promotion, government, crime prevention, commerce, and even sports. In all of these areas, applied psychologists work to improve people’s lives and help clients achieve their goals and objectives.
The Department of Applied Psychology enjoys a strong reputation for teaching and research. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, the department, together with Nottingham University Business School, received a Grade 5 (international) rating and was ranked 6th overall in the UK.
What is applied psychology?
Applied psychology is the application of psychological science, theory and principles to problems of everyday life. It has become influential in almost all aspects of society including crime prevention, commerce, education, government, healthcare and health promotion, sports and work. In all of these areas, applied psychologists work to improve people’s lives and help clients achieve their goals and objectives. In essence, applied psychologists are interested in people and seek to understand human behaviour and thought processes. More importantly, they are interested in how individuals interact with the various cultural, physical, social and societal systems that characterise human life. The BSc Applied Psychology and Management Studies combines applied psychology with the study of core areas of contemporary business and management, providing you with an excellent foundation to enter careers in psychology and business.
How will I study
In the first year you are introduced to the underlying core management disciplines of accounting, economics and finance and the psychology of the individual and their relationship with the business world, as well as researchmethods in applied psychology. In the second year, you take modules in more advanced subjects in accounting, economics and research methods while learning about the psychology of culture, groups and society and other applications of individual psychology. In the final year, youwill take further modules on human resource management, strategy and more advanced modules in work psychology and embark on an applied research project.
Career prospects and employability
Applied psychology and management studies offers an added value not met by graduates from a single-subject background due to the integration of a psychological perspective. It will prepare you for international careers with a strong human element in government agencies, industry and other types of organisations, such as charities, consultancies and non-governmental organisations. Applied psychologists in business are valued and respected within their various areas of expertise, particularly in the fields of advertising, career and organisational development, change management, counselling, human resources, marketing, occupational testing, selection and recruitment, and training.They often collaborate with other experts in business and their contribution is highly sought-after.