Psychological Research MSc/PGDip/PGCert
- Name: Psychological Research
- Qualification: MSc/PGDip/PGCert
- Duration: One full calendar year as a full time student. Also available part-time, over 2 years.
Our MSc in Psychological Research is exceptional for its dual emphasis on basic psychological science and applied issues. The course is designed to provide students with a wide range of practical research skills, advanced studies in modern psychology, and an opportunity to learn how this knowledge is applied in either industrial or clinical settings. The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing the transferable skills essential to social science research. Students who take this course will get a comprehensive research experience working with top international calibre researchers, and an exceptional opportunity to see how modern psychology can be put into practice.
This Masters is recommended in the following cases:
- You are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology.
- You are interested in giving your CV/Resume an extra "boost".
- You are trying to get a feel for research in psychology before undertaking a PhD.
- You are looking for a job as a research assistant.
- You wish to undertake a PhD.
Students wishing to can exit the programme after achieving either a PG Certificate or PG Diploma if they don’t wish to undertake the full MSc.
To get a taste of what life as a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology is like, you may want to read the profiles of some of our current and past Postgraduate students.
Scholarships and Funding
You can find out more about Scholarships and funding sources here.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
The course consists of two Parts. Part One comprises taught modules over two semesters. You are required to take three ’content’ modules, each designed to provide knowledge and promote understanding in a specific core area of psychology. You also take three ’skills’ modules designed to help you acquire research skills. In addition you take two tutorial modules with your supervisor wherein you develop a research proposal for your thesis. On successful completion of Part One, you’ll proceed to Part Two (in the third semester). At this time you complete and write your thesis.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Teaching occurs via lectures, seminars and tutorials given by research experts in the School. All teachers are actively engaged in research programmes. Assessment methods include written exams, essays, oral presentations and a research thesis.
The thesis is the "heart" of the MSc and is an intensive research experience conducted in collaboration with your supervisor that allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. In conducting your thesis project, you will develop new skills such as planning, co-operative working, and the academic skills essential to understanding and reporting findings to others.
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 Psychological Research Modules page.
You must have a single or joint honours degree in Psychology or a related subject area, usually with a minimum degree class of 2(i) or equivalent.
IELTS: 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is required.
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.
Ask the IEC for assistance...
If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Bethan Pentith, Postgraduate Admissions Officer on +44 (0)1248 388453 or by emailing email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
How to Apply
Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.
Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.
Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:
Postgraduate Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.
- Students: can apply though our Online Application Portal. Refer to the Guidance Notes for help filling the form.
- Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here
Need help applying? International students please contact:
International Education Office: email@example.com or write to
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Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
When to apply
The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.
This course is recommended for students who are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology prior to undertaking a PhD or looking for a post as a research assistant. It also provides excellent general research skills that graduates can use in a range of other employment environments.
Research / Links with Industry
The academics involved with this programme have extensive research links with external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.
There is a course specific Psychological Research scholarship available as well as school funded achievement scholarships for first class students, international scholarships and information on other funding sources on our scholarships School page.
Psychology Disciplinary Elop – Applicants interested in undertaking this optional module should be aware that it’s place of delivery rotates and can include at International University campuses (eg Mexico). The cost to students undertaking this module may be considerable (up to c£2k if held in Mexico for example) when held away from Bangor though students will be supported to try and access alternative funding sources (eg. Santander travel grants). Contact the module organiser for more information.
If you have any questions about this programme then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you.
Tel: 01248 388453
Why Study at the School of Psychology?
Have a look at this page for reasons to study for a postgraduate degree at Bangor University's School of Psychology.