Entry requirements

Entry on to this degree requires a 2(ii) or higher in Psychology or a related degree (for example: Business, Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Retail Science etc.) However, if you don’t have relevant academic experience but you have an equivalent professional qualification or relevant work experience, you will also be considered. For example if you’ve gained experience working in an advertising agency or have completed the CIM postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, you are likely to be accepted. In general, applicants are judged on their individual merits, where work experience and other factors are also considered. If you’re not certain that you quite meet the minimum requirements or if your experience is relevant, feel free to contact Gareth Harvey, the Course Director.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Have you ever wondered why you can remember an advert from your childhood but haven’t a clue what adverts you saw yesterday? Or maybe you’ve been in a supermarket and wondered why all of the cartoon characters on cereal boxes are looking down. If so you’re probably interested in consumer psychology. 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 markeeters, helping them make better decisions. For example, if a brand is developing a new advertisement, it is essential that it grabs consumers’ attention. Not only should it grab attention, but marketeers will want to ensure that consumers learn the targeted message - and psychologists can help achieve this. For over a hundred years psychologists have studied concepts including: attention, perception, decision-making learning and motivation to name a few. While these have traditionally been studied in a laboratory based system, the relevance to marketing is obvious. By applying principles generated from learning psychology and our knowledge of how the visual system works, psychologists are able to develop advertisements that are more effective at capturing attention and more likely to be remembered.

Today consumer psychologists are working for some of the largest companies tackling questions ranging from the relatively simple (for example which product packaging grabs the most attention) to the hugely complex (how should the National Health Service use behaviour-changing interventions to reduce waiting times? ). In order to help answer these questions techniques used range from traditional focus groups, questionnaires, and crowd-sourced data to the more specialised psychological based approaches including: laboratory experiments, brain imaging and eye tracking.

This exciting new course will focus on the latest theoretical developments and explain how science is influencing: advertising, branding, consumer decision-making, merchandising, packaging store design and more. This course is perfect for any graduate wishing to start, or further develop a career in Consumer Psychology and Business and is delivered by schools that enjoy an international reputation in their respective fields.

As a postgraduate at one of the UK's leading Psychology departments you’ll have an exceptional student experience working alongside internationally renowned researchers using cutting edge techniques and equipment. We’re ranked top 20 for Research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework and offer a modern teaching, learning and research environment, including brain-imaging (MRI) technology, ERP, ECG, TMS, Eye Tracking and Sound Booth laboratories. We regularly rank in the top 10 for student satisfaction in the NSS and offer Scholarships to Home/EU & Overseas students. We’re also top 10 for overall student numbers and overseas student numbers making us one of the largest, most cosmopolitan psychology depts. in the UK.

Information for international students

If your native language is not English, you must provide satisfactory evidence that you have an adequate knowledge and understanding of written and spoken English. IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) and TOEFL test scores of no less than 600 are usually acceptable. It may be necessary for applicants falling short of this minimum standard to attend an intensive English Language course before registering for the academic programme. Such a course is available at Bangor, and full details are here

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Fees and funding

You can find out more about Scholarships and funding sources here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Admisisons Officer
Email
psychology@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1248 382629