Taught course

Business Psychology

Heriot-Watt University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Degree in any field. Candidates without a degree will be considered if they have more than 10 years (MSc, PGDip) or more than 5 years business experience in a role relevant to the course.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Applied Psychology Programme was founded in 2003 and has established a reputation for being a small and friendly 'premium' department, with an excellent staff-student ratio. Our emphasis on applied psychology makes us near unique in the United Kingdom, and means we have a good understanding of how psychology is used in real-world settings. The course team have extensive business experience, and are supported by an advisory panel of business leaders. Note that Distance Learning students may commence their studies at any time of the year, whereas the on-campus course commences in September.

Information for international students

Teaching materials address cross-cultural issues directly, and are otherwise culture-free. Course team has extensive experience of supervising international postgraduate students. The School has an active Psychology Society that arranges social events for new students.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to website
International students
Please refer to website

Scholarships may be available from the School of Life Sciences. Contact a.north@hw.ac.uk for details.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-84 months
part time
24-84 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
9-48 months
part time
15-48 months
full time
9 months


distance learning
6-48 months
part time
12-48 months
full time
6 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment40

Course contact details

Adrian North
+44 (0)131 451 8239
+44 (0)131 451 3009