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BSc Psychology with Minor in Human Resource Management

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The relationship between psychology and human resource management is becoming increasingly important to employers. Employers have seen the importance of employee’s commitment, reliability, motivation and performance as being influenced by psychological factors.
If you intend to pursue a psychology or if you are presently involved in human resource management, this programme is specially designed for you.

About the Programmme
The programme is designed to introduce key psychological and human resource concepts and ideas. This programme is expected to prepare students to enter the field of Psychology and Human Resources and will seek to enhance their capacity in an existing career. The study of Human Resource Management looks at the psychological contract in terms of what employees want and expect from each other.  This programme is geared to produce a cadre of Caribbean persons who will have an appreciation of the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline of psychology as well as a strong understanding of the strategies and best practices used in human resource management to shape behavior in the workplace.   

Who is this programme for?

The programme targets persons who work in the fields of psychology, human resource management, counselling, educational administration, youth development, social welfare, as well as any other persons who are interested in entering a career in public, private or not-for-profit organisations in the areas of psychology and human resource management.


Programme Structure

Duration of Programme
The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree
In order to be awarded the BSc Political Science with a Minor in Economics degree, students must successfully complete 90 credits with at least 30 credits at Levels II and III for the Major and at least 15 credits at Levels II and III for the Minor. 

Delivery Mode
All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.


When will the programme start?

August of each academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a) Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:

An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND
An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
One of the following minimum qualifications:

either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR
 four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level

 Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998       
  (b)  Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting      
  (c) Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution    

Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments


English Language Proficiency Examination


The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.

Course of Study
Level 1 
Introduction to Psychology
Logic of Social Inquiry
Mathematical Thinking and Introductory Statistics
Introduction to Political Institutions and Analysis
Introduction to Social Work
Principles of Management
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
Foundations for Learning Success
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
Research Methods in Behavioural Sciences
History and Philosophy of Psychology
Mental and Physical Health
Cognitive Psychology
Biological Psychology & Neuroscience
Intermediate Statistics
Developmental Psychology
Level 2 Electives 
Social and Personality Psychology
Financial Management I
Level 3 
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Industrial Relations
Labour & Employment Law
Team Building and Management
Contemporary and Applied Psychology
Psychology Research Study/Practicum
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Level 3 Electives 
Applied Social Psychology
Principles of Sustainable Development
Managing Organisational Change
Positive Psychology
Compensation Management
Business Strategy and Policy
Financial Management II