BSc Psychology with Business Management (Dubai)

with Integrated Foundation Year

Start date
January and September 2022
4 Years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours

September 2024 entry:
The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 109,145. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 126,309 per year of study which can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Our Foundation Pathways combine the highest standards as one of Britain's leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

Choosing to study on the Integrated Foundation year provides an opportunity to enter the university environment before starting Year 1 of your Psychology with Business Management undergraduate degree programme.

As a Foundation year student, you will be fully immersed in student life and you will be a greatly valued member of the student community, studying alongside our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

This programme will develop your intellectual, analytical and communication skills by providing you with a breadth of knowledge of Psychology with Business Management, together with a host of sought after transferable skills needed to apply this knowledge in new and challenging contexts. You will deepen your interest in the mind, brain and behaviour, while at the same time gaining significant experience in applying this understanding of human behaviour to a business context.

The course, offered exclusively at our Dubai campus, is ideally located to expose you to industry leaders in the fast growing areas of psychological practice and business in the Middle East, while maintaining a firm grounding in the excellence of psychology and business management training with the University of Birmingham.

BSc Psychology with Business Management is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
The University of Birmingham is home to one of the largest and most active psychology schools in the UK. We have an excellent reputation for the knowledge and skills we develop in our graduates...and for research that answers important questions, stimulates new ideas, and makes a difference to individuals, communities and societies.

Psychology plays a significant part in modern day life, from the school classroom to the courtroom, in industry, business organisations and in universities. Our degree covers the full breadth of the subject area that is psychology.

Ministerial accreditation – As well as being indexed to the British Psychological Society , our BSc Psychology with Business Management programme is accredited by the ministerial governing bodies of the UAE, the Ministry of Education . Allowing our graduates far greater flexibility and employability in the region.

World class experts and facilities – The University of Birmingham will be hosting this course out of its world-leading campus in Dubai Academic City. A cutting edge facility with a reputation for excellent psychology and business management. As part of this course you will gain exposure to industry leaders, world-class academics, and experts from applied fields through guest speakers and internships in a region where psychology and business management are significant areas of growth.

Amazing employability opportunities, globally – In a location where east meets west, the University of Birmingham Dubai is ideally situated to place you within a truly global context, with significant employability opportunities locally, regionally and globally.

The topics that you will study range from apparently simple acts like learning, to much more complex skills like language and social interaction. These behaviours are studied at different levels by considering their social context, development, biological basis, and what happens when they go wrong. In this way, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of normal and abnormal human behaviour.

Our four-year undergraduate programme includes an integrated foundation year, which you may need to take depending on your previous studies.

Foundation Year

As part of your Foundation Year, you will study the core areas of psychology e.g. cognitive psychology, social psychology etc., as well as biology, maths for life sciences, and academic English and study skills.

These modules have been designed to provide you with a solid foundation in relevant subjects while supporting your English language and study skills, preparing you to move on to the next stage of your chosen degree programme. We will ensure you are fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the University environment.

Because the study of psychology encompasses a biological level of understanding, as well as statistical research methods, a fundamental grounding in biology and maths is the ideal preparation for Years 1-3.

What attracted me the most was that when I looked at the modules, there were many different areas of psychology offered. This has exposed me to new things and indirectly helps me to choose an area in which to specialise in the future.

Ku Nurul Izzah Ku Seman, BSc Psychology


Please note: You will take 120 credits of modules in each year of study. The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation Year

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Biology and Mathematics for Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology 1 
  • Introduction to Psychology 2
  • History, Culture, Society and Economy in the UAE


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Economics for Business
  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Introduction to Psychobiology: From Ion Channels to Abnormal Behaviour
  • Research Methods B
  • Developing Skills for Psychologists/Neuroscientists 1: Making it Work at University
  • Developing Skills for Psychologists/Neuroscientists 2: Engaging Professionally
  • Lifespan Psychology A: Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Lifespan Psychology B: Social Psychology of the Person


Year 2 (possibility to study at our UK campus)

Compulsory modules

  • Human Resource Management
  • Responsible Business: Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods C
  • Research Methods D
  • Introduction to Social and Differential Psychology
  • Social and Cognitive Development


Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Research Project
  • Brain Health Across the Lifespan
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology: Media, Body Image and Prejudice


January 2022
The annual tuition fee for January 2024 is AED 126,309 per year of study.

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How To Apply

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International Requirements

Number of A levels required:

Foundation Pathway entry requirements

International Students

Undergraduate English language requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

Studying Psychology at Birmingham is built around an applied learning experience, underpinned by the scientist-practitioner model in psychology, with an additional applied focus on modern business management. You will therefore experience research-informed teaching at the cutting edge.

This world-leading education is indexed to global psychology oversight bodies (e.g. the British Psychological Society) and approved by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education, as well as being supported by global leaders in business management, finance, human resources and economics. You will primarily gain a firm grounding in all aspects of the human mind, the human brain, and human behaviour from a biological, psychological and social perspective, with added specialist exposure to applying these skills in a corporate, business environment.

You will enjoy a diverse learning experience, including lectures, small group tutorials, independent study and peer group learning (such as delivering presentations with your classmates).

Contact Hours

Although contact hours vary significantly from week to week depending on the modules that you are studying, and will vary in format (lectures, workshops, seminars and practicals), you can expect an average of 12 hours of taught contact time per week in each year of your Psychology with Business Management degree. Outside of these times, staff are also available for individual meetings and informal supervisions.

Studying Psychology with Business Management at Birmingham will develop your critical/analytical thinking and your research skills. Aside an excellent psychology degree with a firm grounding in modern business management, you will also gain confidence, communication, teamwork, leadership and management skills, and graduate fully prepared for the dynamic demands of the modern workplace, whatever your chosen path.

Our graduates can be found in roles as diverse as:

  • Psychologist (clinical, counselling, forensic, health, occupational, sport, neuropsychology, research)
  • Therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Healthcare professional
  • Teacher
  • Graduate programmes in corporate industry


You can make the most of our wide range of opportunities from the moment you arrive, building your skills for your future career.

There is a range of opportunities through our Careers Network and beyond. A number of innovative internships are being developed in line with the course, taking advantage of the amazing network of psychology and business professionals in Dubai and the UAE more broadly.

There are regular events each year covering careers in teaching, events management, working with charities and more, to help you meet potential employers and learn more about a range of sectors. There are also summer internship opportunities that you may want to take advantage of,  and our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships.

Extra-curricular activities

To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts.

Our employer-endorsed Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects. We also have a Dubai-specific Psychology Student Society.


Professional Accreditation

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education, indexed against the British Psychological Society, allowing you to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership upon graduation.