Why study with us?

Why study with the School of Psychology?

  • 4th in the UK out of a 117 for Student Satisfaction by The National Student Survey (NSS) 2016
  • REF 2014 saw us ranked 17th (of 82) in the UK with 89% of output either world leading or international excellent. If you want to see how other places you applied to have done FindaPhD have a useful tool here (select Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
  • In the 2015 Times Good University Guide we are one of only 3 depts. ranked in the top 10 for Research Quality and Student Satisfaction (we are also 1 of only 3 depts. to appear in the top 20 when Graduate Prospects is added to the mix)
  • We are ranked 18th overall (out of 110 UK Psychology Depts.) by the 2015 Times Good University Guide
  • Ranked within the top 150 Psychology departments world wide by the 2015 QS World University Rankings
  • One of the largest UK Schools of Psychology with over 1200 students and one of the oldest having been established in 1963
  • A fantastic quality of life set between the mountains and the sea
  • Bangor is easily accessible with a three 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’ credentialsntials

Postgraduate Study with the School of Psychology

Annual Psychology Masters Conference

At Bangor we believe the opportunity to present your research is both rewarding in itself and a valuable learning experience as it enables our students to polish skills that will be relevant for most careers, whether in academia or beyond. Each year we run a Masters Conference in September which all our masters students are able to take part in and you can view some of the presentations from recent conferences here.

Why choose Bangor University?

Academic and research excellence

Established in 1884, Bangor University combines traditional academic excellence with cutting-edge research and equipment, and ranks in the top 40 in the UK for research*.

Bangor University’s research has a major impact around the world according to the latest assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities. Over half of Bangor’s academic Schools have been ranked in the UK top 20 for quality of research.

Student Satisfaction

Bangor University is amongst the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities (National Student Survey), the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects.

Bangor University has won the award for best Clubs and Societies at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

The University was also placed third overall in the University of the Year category, as well as being in third place in the 'Courses and Lecturers' and 'Giving Back' categories. The 'Giving Back award was based on students views on how much their university gives back to the community, both globally and locally.

Range of Expertise

The University is made up of five Colleges housing twenty-two academic Schools, as well as over fifty specialist research centres, enabling the provision of over 150 postgraduate courses spanning the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Academic Development

We believe strongly in supporting the academic development of our postgraduates. Our Early Researcher Development Programme (ERDP) provides training and workshops that will help you develop and maintain the key research, vocational and entrepreneurial skills necessary to meet the demands of your future career.

Support Services

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be given as much help and support as possible with health and welfare matters as well as with your academic work. Our Student Support Services centre provides a one-stop-shop for advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling and local faith provision.

Spectacular Setting…

Your work-life balance can be key to the success of your postgraduate study. Situated between the mountains, lakes and forests of the Snowdonia National Park and miles of dramatic coastline, Bangor provides one of the most attractive study locations in the UK, and is a great base for all kinds of outdoor sports and activities.

… conveniently located

Bangor is at the heart of the region’s transport network, with quick road and rail links taking you across to Liverpool and Manchester in just 90 minutes. Bangor’s location on the London to Holyhead main line means that the regular ferry service from Holyhead Port to Dublin is just 20 minutes away, while a direct train will take you to the centre of London in little over 3 hours.

Low living costs

According to The Independent’s A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges, Bangor is “one of the cheapest places in Britain” to be a student.

*excluding specialist institutions and single-submission universities.