Clinical Psychologist with a patient in a clinical setting.

Clinical Psychology


Find out about the research opportunities in Clinical Psychology

Why Study Clinical Psychology?

This three year doctoral programme is a collaborative venture between the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Bangor University. It has several unique features which our students really value:

  • 1st in Wales for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2021)
  • Top 10 for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Top 20 for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Top 20 for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Bangor Psychology is a large and cosmopolitan department with staff and students from all over the world
  • 89% of research output either world leading or internationally excellent and 17th overall (REF 2014)
  • Over 75% graduated with a 1st or 2:1 in 2021
  • Bangor Psychology was established in 1963 making it amongst the oldest in the UK
  • We have many specialist research labs including an MRI scanner, TMS Labs, EEG facilities and a human brain anatomy laboratory


Career Opportunities in Clinical Psychology

All our trainees to date have obtained employment as Clinical Psychologists after qualifying from the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme. A large group remain in North Wales and work in clinical services. A smaller group move away, but often return when posts become available in North Wales. Once qualified, some trainees have gone on to work in the private and third sector, or have taken academic and research positions.

Top 10

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 20

for Research Quality

Complete University Guide 2022

Our Research in Clinical Psychology

Research in the School of Psychology reflects two key approaches. First is the development and study of interventions to promote well-being, from early childhood to older age. Intervention was at the heart of the School’s agenda at its inception more than 50 years ago, and remains central to our research identity today. Our second key approach is cognitive neuroscience, where we have invested heavily in staff and specialised research facilities, to investigate perception and action; language and development; and social cognition.  

Research supervision in NWCPP is provided by the programme team, clinical psychologists and colleagues in the School of Psychology.  Recently research has been conducted in several areas, including: attachment in sex offenders, fatherhood in deprived communities, KiVa bullying programmes in primary schools, BDT in ID services, social strategies in ASD, and DBT skills in inpatient services. For a full list of thesis titles, please look at

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