Taught course

Psychological Research

Bangor University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

You must have a single or joint honours degree in Psychology or a related subject area, usually with a minimum degree class of 2(i) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Psychological Research is exceptional for its dual emphasis on basic psychological science and applied issues. The course 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. The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing the transferable skills essential to social science research. Students who take this course will get a comprehensive research experience working with top international calibre researchers, and an exceptional opportunity to see how modern psychology can be put into practice.

This Masters is recommended in the following cases:

  • You are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology.
  • You are interested in giving your CV/Resume an extra "boost".
  • You are trying to get a feel for research in psychology before undertaking a PhD.
  • You are looking for a job as a research assistant.
  • You wish to undertake a PhD.


In Semester One you'll concentrate on content modules that reflect the academic specialisms within the school. In Semester Two all students take three skills modules - Advanced Statistics, Issues in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, and Communicating Research in Psychology.

In both Semesters One and Two, you take a tutorial style modules called Advanced Research Methods and Proposal I/II in which you develop your research thesis project with your supervisor.

View Psychological Research MSc modules.


The course consists of two Parts. Part One comprises taught modules over two semesters. You are required to take three 'content' modules, each designed to provide knowledge and promote understanding in a specific core area of psychology. You also take three 'skills' modules designed to help you acquire research skills. In addition you take two tutorial modules with your supervisor wherein you develop a research proposal for your thesis. On successful completion of Part One, you'll proceed to Part Two (in the third semester). At this time you complete and write your thesis.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching occurs via lectures, seminars and tutorials given by research experts in the School. All teachers are actively engaged in research programmes. Assessment methods include written exams, essays, oral presentations and a research thesis.

Research Thesis

The thesis is the "heart" of the MSc and is an intensive research experience conducted in collaboration with your supervisor that allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. In conducting your thesis project, you will develop new skills such as planning, co-operative working, and the academic skills essential to understanding and reporting findings to others.

Student Profiles

To get a taste of what life as a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology is like, you may want to read the profiles of some of our current and past Postgraduate students.


Some course specific funding is available. Please see School Page for details.

Research/Industrial Links

The academics involved with this programme have extensive research links with external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.

Career Prospects

This course is recommended for students who are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology prior to undertaking a PhD or looking for a post as a research assistant. It also provides excellent general research skills that graduates can use in a range of other employment environments.

Bangor Psychology's reputation for academic excellence has attracted students and staff from all over the world (20+ nationalities). Our International reputation is illustrated by our place in the top 100 Departments in the QS World University Rankings 2013. Scholarships are awarded by both the University and the School.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is required.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The School of Psychology is committed to providing assistance to help an accepted postgraduate candidate secure funding. There are different sources of funding for every postgraduate course and for every type of candidate (UK/EU or international). Please see website for details : http://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/general/funding.php.en

MSc Psychological Research also has dedicated Gold scholarships worth £2.5K for highly able applicants that are awarded on the basis of project proposals and academic attainment. Deadline: 1st July 2014. Proposals can be e-mailed to psychology@bangor.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
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