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International Incorporated Masters – Psychology

Psychology is an applied science which seeks to understand the behaviour of the mind. Bangor University offers a range of highly regarded Psychology degrees and their faculty is one of two UK Psychology departments ranked top 20 for research in REF 2014. Bangor University International College (BUIC) offers you an alternative route to a masters in Psychology at Bangor University.

Your route to a Masters in Psychology

BUIC delivers the first stages of the International Incorporated Masters (IIM) in Psychology. The programme provides either one term or two terms of preparation for entry into a 1-year master’s degree in Psychology at Bangor University.

Modules (You will study some or all of these modules)


One and two term Two term only
English for Master's Preparation 2 English for Master's Preparation 1
Introduction to Postgraduate Study in the UK Academic Study Skills
Research Methods Concepts in Psychology
Scientific Communication Personality and Individual Differences
Professional Studies Project Introduction to the Welsh Context

Academic Study Skills

This module will develop your study skills to support you in critical thinking and the evaluation of postgraduate level materials. You will be made aware of good and poor academic practice, need for referencing and the avoidance of plagiarism. You will also be introduced to further strategies and techniques that will support you to become a more independent learner.

Concepts in Psychology

This module will provide you with a conceptual and historical understanding of psychology and how it has developed into the academic discipline that it is today. The focus of the course will be on theoretical understandings of psychology – how psychology as a science pursues discovery of new things through experimentation and scientific endeavour, this course will focus on how these findings are understood and interpreted using classic and contemporary theories. The module will explore the social and cultural construction of psychology, including theories on gender, politics and ethics, and will show how psychology may operate as a powerful form of knowledge.

Personality and Individual Differences

This module addresses key topics within the field of personality, intelligence and individual differences. The module is split into two parts: intelligence and personality and each will be assessed separately. The areas covered involve historic and current perspectives on personality, including psychoanalysis, humanistic and trait approaches. Individual differences and intelligence will be explored including intelligence testing, emotional intelligence and heritability of intelligence.

Introduction to the Welsh Context

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the largely public settings in which psychological services are planned and delivered to clients in Wales. This will enable students coming to Bangor to study programmes in professional subjects to understand and contextualise the learning more effectively.

Scientific Communication

During this module you will learn about the scientific method and the importance within a scientific context of conveying information. This will involve studying scientific texts and listening to lectures. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of and ability to engage in scientific writing.

Professional Studies Project

In this module you will be required to reflect on what it is to be a professional and the approach and standards required to practise effectively. This will involve exploring the concept of placing the client at the centre of your professional activities.

Continuation Degrees

MA or MSc Psychology
MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis*
MSc Positive Behaviour Support*
MSc Clinical and Health Psychology
MSc Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology

*Must have Psychology first degree or relevant clinical experience in ABA/PBS


Students achieving 50% in their English module(s) and 60% in their other modules may continue to any of the above
Students achieving 40% in their English module(s) and 50% in their other modules may continue to MA/MSc Psychology only

Start Date

Two Terms

One Term

April 2020 July 2020
April 2021 April 2021
  July 2021