Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology MSci

UCAS CodeC808
QualificationMSci
Duration4 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer136 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

On this course, as well as studying general psychology modules, you will specialise in understanding the psychological factors involved in mental and physical health. In clinical psychology, you will study behavioural problems in children, mental illness in adults, and psychological problems in old age. This will include important contemporary issues such as eating disorders and drug misuse. You will analyse not only what causes these problems but also how they can be treated, or, even better, prevented. In health psychology, you will examine the psychological factors that lead some individuals to behave in health-damaging ways, such as eating unhealthy diets, not taking enough exercise, or engaging in unsafe sexual behaviour. You will study what happens when individuals do become ill or disabled, with diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. As well as understanding how things can go wrong, you will analyse how the situation can be improved through psychological interventions. 

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

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor University is the only university in Wales to be awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • We regularly rank in the top 10 in the annual student survey for student satisfaction and are currently 4th (of 117) in the UK (NSS 2016).
  • Not only are we highly ranked for our teaching but we have a global reputation for the quality of our research. In the 2014 Research Exercise Framework we ranked in the top 20 in the UK with 89% of our research considered either ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World leading’. This research feeds directly into our undergraduate teaching ensuring a fresh, vibrant learning experience with academics who have an international reputation in their specialist area. We are proud that we are one of only a handful of departments who regularly appear in the top 20 for both student satisfaction and research prowess in a variety of league tables.
  • We have a cosmopolitan feel and attract staff and students from all over the world to work and study with us. Our global standing is illustrated by the fact that we have been listed as one of the top 150 Psychology Departments in the World by the QS World University Ranking.
  • Another key aspect of our success is our focus on both the academic and pastoral sides of the student experience and this effort is led by the academics in the Teaching Team who provide high levels of support to our students. We also have 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 oflectures, 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 forthe undergraduate programme. The School makes extensive use of technology in order to enhance the learning 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 my lecturers have always provided online material and weekly drop-in times for help on their modules, plus they work by a 2-day response time for their emails, so help is always there!

Samantha Powell
Psychology

What will you study on this course?

You will take all modules that are compulsory for single honours Psychology students. In addition, you will take core clinical and health psychology modules. Each year you study a total of 120 credits and the modules build over the years to provide both breadth and depth of understanding focused on Clinical and Health issues. 

Your Research

Your MSci project will be on a clinical or health psychology topic. Recent student projects have addressed topics such as personality, motivation and goals relating to smoking, drinking, physical activity and adherence, and coping with stress, mental and physical illness. 

Modules for the current academic year

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

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

MSci (and BSc) Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology focuses in that area but is still 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. Further, 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. The fact that we are regularly ranked in the Top 20 for graduate prospects shows how employable you will be as one of our graduates.

Employability is a key theme of the Psychology programme you will follow in Bangor and we have embedded a large number of opportunities within our degree to give graduates as strong a CV as possible and equip them with a host of transferable skills that are relevant to both psychology and non-psychology related careers.

The simple fact that you will graduate from an internationally renowned, research intensive Psychology School adds additional value to your degree and improves your employability. This is well illustrated by our top 20 (out of 110) ranking for Graduate Prospects in the The Guardian Good University Guide 2017.

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.

Psychology Careers Extravaganza

As part of our efforts to ensure you have an excellent grasp of the career opportunities to you as a Psychology graduate we run an annual careers and employability event.

Video: 2016 Careers Event

Opportunities at Bangor

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.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • Typical offer for MSci will be 136 tariff points. Applicants are strongly preferred to have a level 3 qualification* in at least one relevant science (Maths, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology and Science). General Studies and Key Skills are excluded. GCSE Maths and English at C grade are required. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access**, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements. 

**Usual Access offer is 21 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 6 Passes.

School of Psychology – General Entry Requirements

The School of Psychology operates a flexible admissions policy, taking a holistic and not entirely grade based decision on its applicants. The entry criteria detailed (UCAS Tariff points etc.) above is for guidance purposes only. These grades reflect our typical offer levels but we reserve the right to vary the offer we make based on a candidates individual circumstances. That way we can treat all our applicants with the individual attention they deserve.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone on 01248 382629 if you would like to discuss your circumstances or an offer you have received in more detail.

General University 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 the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

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. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact +44(0)1248 382629 or by emailing psychology@bangor.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

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 should 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, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone on 01248 382629 if you would like to discuss your circumstances or an offer you have received in more detail.

Why study at the School of Psychology?

There are many reasons why being a student here is a fantastic experience. Here are just a few of them:

  • 4th in the UK out of a 117 for Student Satisfaction by The National Student Survey (NSS) 2016
  • Top 20 in UK for graduate employability – Guardian Guide 2017
  • REF 2014 saw us ranked 17th (of 82) in the UK. If you want to see how other places you applied to have done FindaPhD have a useful tool here (select Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
  • We were one of only two UK Psychology departments that ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS) and in the top 20 for research (REF) when these were last done at the same time (2014). A clear demonstration of our rare combination of teaching and research excellence
  • Last year over 73% of our students graduated with a 1st or 2:1
  • Ranked within the top 150 Psychology departments world-wide by the 2015 QS World University Rankings
  • British Psychological Society fully accredited degree programmes
  • One of the largest UK Schools of Psychology with over 1,200 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
  • Bangor University was ranked in the global top 100 most international universities by the Times Higher Education magazine in 2015
  • The Green Metric 2016 World Ranking places Bangor 16th overall (6th in UK) in terms of our ‘Green’ credentials.

School of Psychology – Undergraduate Study

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) 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.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

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 who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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