School of Psychology, Bangor University

Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Course facts

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

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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Career Prospects

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.

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 2014–15 academic year:

Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1
Semester 2

Optional Modules

80 credits from:

Programme Specification

  • 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.
  • It is ranked 7th in the UK for ‘Research Power’ based on the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.
  • 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.

"The staff are devoted to their students and always happy to help. It’s obvious that the lecturers really enjoy what they do and it’s a great learning environment." AMY WANT, Psychology BSc

Entry requirements

  • 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.


Contact us:

Please contact:

The Admissions Secretary
School of Psychology
Tel: 01248 382629


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