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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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.
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.
Choose 4 from:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.html
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We can also help you arrange further English Language development programmes in parallel with your academic courses of studies.
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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.
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.
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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.
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