School of Psychology, Bangor University
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).
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.
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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.
"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