Bangor University

At a Glance

In Depth

Why Study Psychology at Bangor University

The School of Psychology ranks among the very best in the UK in terms of both research performance and teaching excellence. In the latest National Student Survey Bangor Psychology ranked in the top five in the UK for student satisfaction. Bangor also ranks in the top ten for Research power based on the most recent Research Assessment Exercise and has been awarded the top mark of ‘Excellent’ for undergraduate teaching. Its international standing is well illustrated by the fact that it is one of a select few UK Psychology departments listed in the CHE European Excellence Ranking.

The School also boasts a number of prestigious research centres which, as well as being in the vanguard of academic research, offer students unique opportunities for project work under internationally recognised supervisors. The School forms a large part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, a College, which boasts a very strong research, and teaching ethos that translates into excellent courses.

Bangor University prides itself on its student care and is firmly established in a number of independent surveys as among the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction. Students have access to state-of-the-art research and computing facilities and the opportunity to study for psychology degrees under world-renowned academic staff.

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. It boasts excellent transport links with the rest of the UK and has a reputation as a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, safe and friendly city, which hosts over 9,000 students drawn from across the globe.

Teaching

The School of Psychology’s undergraduate courses are ranked in the top 5 in the UK for Student Satisfaction and have the highest possible Quality Assurance Agency ranking of “Excellent’. The department has been described by an external examiner as ‘producing some of the best psychology undergraduates in the UK’ and prides itself on the pastoral care available to it's students.

You will learn through a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practicals. In addition, you will complete essays and computer and paper-based assignments. Prospective students should note that participation in various research projects is a course requirement for the undergraduate programme.

The School makes extensive use of technology in order to enhance the learning experience including podcasts and the use of an Audience Response System.

An increasing number of our modules can be followed through the medium of Welsh. Students can choose to have a Welsh-speaking Tutor and complete their project in Welsh.

There is continuous assessment throughout each semester and, in many modules, there are end of semester examinations. Starting in your second year, and continuing into the third, you will carry out a major research project in a psychological area of your own choosing. Depending on your chosen field, you might be involved in research in industry, hospitals, schools, nurseries, or other institutions with which we have strong research links. The project will be individually supervised by a staff member who is a specialist in the appropriate research field; you will thus have the opportunity to exercise your knowledge and skills alongside an expert. Our students regard the project as one of the most challenging, but also one of the most rewarding, elements of their Psychology degree.

Courses

Undergraduate Courses available:

Postgraduate Courses include:

Research

The Research Assessment Exercise 2008 saw Bangor Psychology rated 7th (out of 76) for research power which measures not only the quality of research output but also the quantity of that out put. This ranking follows on from the previous RAE, which saw Bangor become one of only 7 departments to achieve the highest rating possible of 5*A.

The department has over 50 Academic Faculty many of whom are world leading or internationally renowned experts in their fields. The research areas of staff can be drawn together in the following broad categories:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language, Aging and Dementia
  • Clinical and Health
  • Behaviour Change
  • Experimental Consumer Psychology

The School also boasts a number of prestigious research centres, including:

These centres, 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.

Staff and students have access to a large number of specialist research labs including a research dedicated 3T MRI scanner, TMS Labs, ERP, faraday cages, a brain anatomy laboratory, eye tracking facilities and an onsite nursery with observation facilities as well as dozens of computer based testing laboratories.

Employability

A variety of careers is available to graduates with a good degree in psychology. (You are advised to consult the British Psychological Society's publication, So you want to be a Psychologist?) A single honours degree from Bangor Psychology will enable you to go onto further professional training (from 2 to 4 years) as one of the following:

  • Clinical psychologist - helps people with mental illness or disability
  • Educational psychologist - supports children and teachers in the school system
  • Counselling psychologist - helps people with personal and relationship problems
  • Health psychologist - helps people to stay well, adjust to, or recover from illness
  • Forensic psychologist - helps to understand and change criminal behaviour
  • Research psychologist - carries out research in academic, industrial or other settings
  • Consumer psychologist - helps businesses and organisations to understand their customers
  • Sports psychologist - helps individuals with their performance; development of teams and clubs; work with coaches; teaching and research
  • Occupational psychologist - helps to enhance performance of people at work and in training

Alternatively, our graduates use the specialist knowledge and transferable skills they have acquired on our courses as the basis for careers as teachers, nurses, police officers, social workers, managers in public or private enterprises, researchers, journalists, lawyers, or accountants. Others go on to work in advertising, public relations, the Civil Service, administration, retail services, sales, or marketing. To read about what some of our alumni have gone on to do after their degree visit our alumni profiles pages here.

Our graduate employment rate is above the national average.