Why study with us?

Why study with the School of Psychology?

  • 8th for Course Satisfaction – Guardian Good University Guide 2018
  • Top 15 for Graduate Prospects – Complete University Guide 2018
  • Top 15 for Research Quality – CUG 2018
  • 17th (of 114) in the National Student Survey 2017 for Student Satisfaction
  • Largest number of Psychology students in Wales and one of the largest and most cosmopolitan departments in UK (HESA Stats)
  • 89% of research output either world leading or internationally excellent and 17th overall - REF 2014
  • We were one of only two UK Psychology departments ranked top 20 for research in REF 2014 that are also ranked top 10 for student satisfaction in the same year
  • Top 200 Psychology departments in the world - QS World University Ranking 2017
  • Bangor Psychology is 50+ (born ‘63), putting it amongst the oldest in the UK.
  • There are a large number of specialist research labs including a 3T MRI scanner, TMS Labs, ECG facilities and a Brain anatomy laboratory.
  • Bangor University is the only university in Wales to be awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Excellent transport links mean Bangor is less than 90 minutes from Liverpool and Manchester by car with London accessible by train in about 3 hours
  • Bangor is an affordable, safe, compact and friendly city on the beautiful North Wales coast next to the mountains of Snowdonia

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 quality*.

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 2017), 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 (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017).

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.

*excluding specialist institutions and single-submission universities.