School of Psychology, Bangor University

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Course facts

  • UCAS code: C800
  • Bangor code: BSc/PS
  • Course length: 3 years

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The Admissions Secretary
School of Psychology
Tel: 01248 382629


Course Overview

This psychology degree is a ‘pure psychology’ degree and will allow you to gain a scientific understanding of the basic processes by which we learn, think, feel and adapt to our social conditions. The degree covers both normal and abnormal behavior from infancy to old age, and deals with the biological, social and individual factors that affect human psychology. This psychology degree course offers you the widest possible choice of modules, which enables you to tailor your study as your interests develop.

The first year of the psychology degree is designed to provide a broad introduction to the study of psychology. It is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the subject for those with no Psychology background while allowing those who have already studied Psychology to increase the breadth and depth of their understanding. The second year follows the new British Psychological Society core topics required for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Year three completes your degree with a major research project and an in-depth study of at least four topics selected from the full range of modules that are currently available.

This psychology degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides eligible graduates with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

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Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • Bangor Psychology has over 1,000 students (one of the largest departments in the UK) and regularly ranks among the top departments in the National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction.
  • The Times 2014 League table places Bangor Psychology as 16th overall in the UK and one of only five departments to rank in the top five for the three most importantmeasures: Research Quality, Student Satisfaction and Graduate Prospects.
  • We are also ranked among the top 100 Psychology Departments in the World by the 2014 QS World University Ranking which illustrates the quality and quantity of worldleading research the School produces. This research feeds directly into undergraduate teaching ensuring a fresh, vibrant learning experience with academics who have an international reputation in their specialist area.
  • Bangor Psychology is one of only a handful of departments who regularly appear in the top ten for both student satisfaction and research prowess.
  • We have a cosmopolitan feel and attract staff and students from all over the world to work and study with us.
  • Another key aspect of our success is our focus on both the academic and pastoral sides of the student experience and this effort is lead by the academics in the Teaching Team who are based in the main Psychology student building and provide high levels of support to our students. The department has an International Student Tutor who is the first port of call for our overseas students.

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

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 thelearning 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 course.

This 18 month project experience is very rare in undergraduate programmes and ensures that our graduates have amongst the most highly developed research skills of any UK Psychology graduates.

What will I study?

All modules in the 1st and 2nd years are compulsory with students free to choose from a large number of optional modules in the 3rd year. Each year you study a total of 120 credits and the modules build over the years to provide both breadth and depth of understanding.

Year 1

  • Psychology as a Science
  • Research Methods I
  • Scientific Writing and Communications I
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Research Methods II
  • Brain and Mind
  • Scientific Writing and Communications II

Year 2

  • Research Methods III
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognition and Perception
  • Psychobiology
  • Research Methods IV
  • Project Proposal
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Learning and Language

Year 3

Compulsory Module:

  • Project

Optional Modules:

Choose 4 from:

  • Infant Development
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Intro to Mindfulness-based Approaches
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviours
  • Emotion and Motivation
  • Evolution and Human Social Behaviour
  • Intelligence
  • Evidence Based Behavioural Methods in Education
  • Science of Education
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Consumer and Applied Psychology
  • Dyslexia and Effective Intelligence
  • Perceiving and Acting in 3-D
  • Topics in Intellectual Developmental Difficulties
  • Topics in Illness and Disability
  • Disorders of Social Cognition
  • Biological Foundations of Memory
  • Bilingualism: Language, Cognition and Literature
  • Psychoacoustics and Audio Neurology
  • Theories of Counselling
  • Control of Mental Processes
  • Gambling

Your Research

We put great emphasis on developing your research skills. Right from the start of your course, as part of the Research Foundations modules, you'll be taking part in practical sessions in which you design studies, run your own experiments, gather and analyse data and report your findings. You'll also act as a participant in the School's on going research programme, so you gain plenty of first-hand experience of what psychology research is really like. In this way, you'll gradually acquire the skills you need to design and conduct your own research project in the third year. There will be opportunities to conduct research in industry, hospitals, schools, police stations, nurseries and other institutions with which we have strong research links, including our own day care nursery, Tir na N'Og, where children's behaviour and development can be studied first-hand. We also have a wide range of specialist research laboratories including MRI, ERP, TMS, Eye tracking, etc.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Psychology Modules page.

Programme Specification

Careers & Employability

As a graduate with a good psychology degree from Bangor, a variety of careers will be open to you. This psychology degree is the broadest degree option we offer so is suitable for students who want to follow any of the main psychological professions (clinical psychology, educational psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology, etc). In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a psychology degree arguably provides a unique combination of these as it is both a literate and numerate discipline.

Employability and the School of Psychology

As a graduate with a good degree in psychology from Bangor, a variety of careers will be open to you. There are careers for which a psychology degree is essential, and careers for which psychology provides a useful base. In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a psychology degree arguably provides a unique combination of these.

You can find out much more on our Employability and Psychology page.

Work Experience and Volunteering

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Find out more about how the BEA can help you...

Entry requirements for this course

  • Our typical offers are between 340-280 points to include 2 A2 level subjects, applicants with at least 1 relevant Science A2 are strongly preferred. General Studies and Key Skills are excluded. GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C is required. Relevant Science A2: Maths, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology, and Science.
  • We give full recognition to alternative qualifications, including the International Baccalaureate, BTEC, NVQ (level 3) and GNVQ (Advanced)
  • We welcome applications from students with Scottish or Irish Highers
  • For mature-age candidates we consider qualifications such as Access and other adult-education certificates.

General entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

  • International Baccalaureate:
    You will usually need to have been awarded the full diploma and offers may vary according to the course you are applying for.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:
    We accept a Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Advanced Diploma that is equivalent to 120 UCAS Tariff points.
  • Access courses and mature entry:
    We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students.

International Students

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for application information. If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Office on 01248 382028 or email

IELTS Courses and Accreditation

Bangor University also has an IELTS Test Centre and we can help you put together a package of study in which you can:

We can also help you arrange further English Language development programmes in parallel with your academic courses of studies.

More information

  • E-mail for General Admissions:
  • Or write to:
    Admissions Office
    Bangor University
    LL57 2DG
  • Tel: 01248 382017

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You can keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for further information on applications.

Confused about how to apply?

If you’re not quite sure how to proceed and would like to find out a little more then perhaps our Going to University site will help.

Why study with the School of Psychology?

We hope that you will find these pages useful in deciding where you would like to study your undergraduate degree. There are many reasons why being a student here is a fantastic experience. Here are just a few of them:

  • In the National Student Survey Bangor Psychology currently has a score of 96% for 'Student Satisfaction', making us No.1 in Wales and in the top 10 in the UK. It is also worth noting we are higher than the UK average in every single componet of the NSS!
  • In the 2015 Times Good University Guide we are one of only 3 depts. ranked in the top 10 for Research Quality and Student Satisfaction (we are also 1 of only 3 depts. to appear in the top 20 when Graduate Prospects is added to the mix)
  • Bangor's Psychology Dept. is ranked 18th overall (out of 110) by the Times
  • Last year over 75% of our students graduated with a 1st or 2:1
  • Ranked within the top 100 Psychology departments world wide by the 2013 QS World University Rankings
  • RAE 2008 saw Bangor Psychology rated 7th (out of 76) for research power, which measures the combination of quantity & quality
  • British Psychological Society fully accredited degree programmes
  • One of the largest UK Schools of Psychology with over 1200 students and one of the oldest having been established in 1963
  • Bangor is easily accessible with a 3 hour car journey taking you to Birmingham, Leeds or even Carlisle
  • Bangor is a friendly, safe city whose nightlife is dominated by the influx of over 11,000 students

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea -has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new halls of residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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