Department profile

School of Psychology

Bangor University
2021/22 edition

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About School of Psychology

The most recent review of the quality of research in UK Universities, REF 2014, saw us ranked 17th (of 82) in the UK with 89% of output either world leading or international excellent. We are ranked fourth (of 117) in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey and the 2017 Guardian University Guide ranks us in the top 20 for employability. We’re also one of the oldest and largest Psychology Schools in the UK having been established in 1963. We’ve invested extensively in a modern teaching, learning and research environment, including brain-imaging (MRI) technology, ECG, ERP, Eye Tracking and Sound Booths and were ranked in the Top 150 departments in the world by the QS World University ranking 2015. Students have access to state-of-the-art research and computing facilities and the opportunity to study under world-renowned academic staff. Why not have a look at our postgraduate psychology video to learn more.

We have four broad research groups within the school:

  • Social neuroscience
  • Perception, action and memory
  • Clinical, health and behavioural psychology
  • Language, bilingualism and cognitive development

We also have a number of prestigious research centres, including the Wolfson Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Bangor Imaging Unit and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, which, as well as being in the vanguard of academic research in these fields, offer students unique opportunities for project work covering important theoretical and practical elements. The school has a thriving postgraduate community of over 200 masters and more than 60 PhD students. It is also part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, which supports world-class cross-discipline collaborative research that feeds directly into teaching.

The teaching

The School’s Psychology masters degrees cover a number of specialist areas that reflect the mix of research expertise within the department. As one of the leading academic departments in UK psychology, the School’s outstanding worldwide reputation attracts top-calibre students and academics from across the globe. In the words of the Head of School, our research and teaching excellence means that students will be learning from ‘leading experts in our field, who are conducting research of internationally recognised excellence and offering some of the most relevant postgraduate teaching around’. We also pride ourselves on the high priority we place on caring for and supporting our students and have specialist International, Employability and Disability Tutors who support our students and help them reach their maximum potential.

The courses

The School has a vibrant masters community of over 200 students and offers the following Masters programmes:

MSc Psychological Research

The Psychological Research MSc is designed to provide students with a wide range of practical research skills, advanced studies in modern psychology, and an opportunity to learn how this knowledge is applied in either industrial or clinical settings. It is recognised by the ESRC as a doctoral training programme.

MA Psychology

This course provides the opportunity to undertake advanced study in psychology and develop excellent library based research and critical writing skills and is open to a range of undergraduate degree disciplines.

MSc Clinical and Health Psychology

Clinical and Health Psychology students will be introduced to the theory and knowledge that underpins effective practice in clinical psychology in relation to a range of conditions, will gain an understanding of the range of research methods used by clinical psychologists and carry out their own research. Completing the MSc provides a sound basis for obtaining employment in a clinical environment and later gaining entry to clinical training.

MSc Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology

This Clinical Neuropsychology MSc provides students with a strong knowledge base in clinical neuropsychology theory, practice and research methodology and provides a firm basis for further research, clinical training, or professional practice in this area.

MSc/MA Consumer Psychology with Business

Consumer Psychology is a specialty area of psychology that studies how feelings, beliefs, and perceptions influence the way consumers buy and relate to goods and services. This exciting new discipline uses psychological insight and research and applies it to the problems facing marketers, helping them make better decisions.

MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis

Aimed at those looking to specialise in applied psychology, this course provides advanced knowledge of the principles of behaviour analysis and their application within clinical and research settings.

MSc Positive Behaviour Support

The aims of the course are to develop an advanced conceptual understanding of applied behaviour analysis, behavioural concepts and philosophy relevant to the development and treatment of psychological disorders, advanced knowledge of positive behavioural support and research methods.

MSc Neuroimaging

The Neuroimaging MSc is designed to provide students with the background knowledge and technical skills to design, analyse and evaluate imaging data. The course focuses on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) based techniques, including functional MRI, anatomical imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and Spectroscopy with a focus on medical aspects in Neuroimaging and an emphasis on gaining the knowledge and technical skills necessary for a career in imaging research.

MSc Psychology

This course offers a broad masters programme improving breadth and depth of knowledge in psychology as well as further developing research skills. The diverse research interests of our faculty mean that students have a wide range of specialist modules to choose from and benefit from superb academic supervision.

MSc Mindfulness-Based Approaches - PT

This MSc is designed to provide students with a strong experiential and theoretical knowledge base as a basis for professional practice, teaching and research in this area.

The School of Psychology is a stimulating environment to pursue research and doctoral studies and a PhD by Research is available at the School of Psychology as well as the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and an MRes in Psychology.

The funding

The School is recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for its postgraduate training and offers its own PhD student fellowships (one + three years) which are advertised as they become available. There are bursaries available for gifted UK and international masters students with a first class degree and there are also course specific scholarships available. We can also help you apply for funding from other government and industry sources. Please see our website for further details.

The location

Bangor is situated on the North Wales coast between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea, making it one of the most attractive university cities in the UK. Some of its highlights include:

  • WhatUni? 2016 Awards ranked our accommodation number one in the UK and the same awards the previous year ranked our student clubs and societies number one
  • Bangor is easily accessible with Liverpool and Manchester about 90 minutes drive. London is just over three hours away by train whereas Ireland can be reached from the nearby Holyhead Ferry terminal in less than two hours.
  • Bangor is a friendly, safe city whose nightlife is dominated by the influx of over 11,000 students
  • A fantastic quality of life set between the mountains and the sea offering a wealth of outdoor activities not to mention a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites nearby.
  • According to The Independent's A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges, Bangor is "one of the cheapest places in Britain" to be a student.

I count myself lucky to be studying at Bangor. It is a unique place to live and work, being a blend of the old and the new in an area of such outstanding beauty.

Catherine, PhD Student

Visiting the University

Whatever area of psychology you are looking to study at postgraduate level the best way of finding our more and gaining an insight into life at Bangor University's School of Psychology is to visit us. We run a PGT Open Day where you can chat to current students and staff about our courses, tour our facilities and find out about research at the School and can accommodate private visits throughout the year. These events really give you a flavour of studying at the School and at Bangor University as a whole and directions can be found here.

Postgraduate views

On BangorTV you can see what current Bangor students think about being here as well as key information and advice about studying at Bangor and our website also has some psychology postgraduate student profiles for you to read. If you are coming to Bangor from outside the UK you can hear about the experiences of other international students.

...working with a group of young and energetic scientists has continued to broaden my horizons...which will benefit my research career.

Hannah, MSc Student

Contact us

Bangor Psychology offers its students a great opportunity to study in a top-rated research department alongside internationally renowned academics in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Contact us today to find out more.

Think Psychology Think Bangor

Have a look at this video 'Scanning on the top of Mont Blanc' to get an interesting insight into some recent research being carried out on the effects of hypoxia

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