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Psychology

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SUBJECT AREA

Find out about the research opportunities in Psychology

Why Study Psychology?

Our research at the School of Psychology aims to advance both basic and applied science. We seek to understand fundamental relationships between brain and behaviour, and to directly contribute to the health and well-being of the community.

At postgraduate research level you can undertake a Masters by Research (MRes) degree or a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). A PhD degree is designed to provide you with a strong grounding in highly specialised areas of research. Studying at Bangor Psychology, you will be part of a PhD community of over 50 candidates who are a vital part of the School’s research activity and have access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

  • Top 20 for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2021  
  • Top 6 for Student Satisfaction – NSS 2020 
  • One of the largest and most cosmopolitan departments in UK (HESA Stats)
  • PhD supervision from world-renowned experts in their field   
  • 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
  • Bangor Psychology is 50+ yeas old (born in ‘63), putting it amongst the oldest in the UK. 
  • There are many specialist research labs including a 3T MRI scanner, TMS Labs, EEG facilities and a brain anatomy laboratory

As an early career researcher with us you will also be trained to teach as part of our extensive professional development curriculum and play a key role in the School's teaching mission. This gives you the skills and experiences necessary to pursue a career in academia.

Whilst staff are open to supervising research students in many areas related to Psychology, we have world leading expertise in:

  • Perception
  • Action
  • Language
  • Bilingualism
  • Development
  • Social Cognition
  • Neuroscience
  • Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Interventions and Well-being
  • Behavioural Psychology.

Watch - Understanding the hypoxic brain

PhD student, Matthew Rogan, discusses his research on how the human brain adapts, responds and changes when there is less oxygen available. His research makes use of the cutting-edge facilities housed in the College of Human Sciences, including a state of the art 3-T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, the hypoxia environment chamber and ultrasonography facilities.

Leanne Rowlands

Graduate Profile Leanne Rowlands

PhD Neuropsychology

I enjoy my PhD work, where I run groups with brain injury survivors at the North Wales Brain Injury Service. I also really enjoy helping with the anatomy lab sessions, where first year undergraduate students get the chance to hold a human brain as part of their Brain and Mind module!

Career Opportunities in Psychology

Postgraduate research degrees in psychology can lead you to careers in a range of different settings which include charitable organisations, local and national government and in industry where research competence is of value. The research training provided by these programmes allow you to generate new knowledge through scientific research as well as gaining valuable teaching experience.

Degrees at PhD level can also lead you to careers within universities where academic roles typically combine research and teaching. At Bangor, students at PhD level are given the opportunity to develop and practice teaching skills which can lead to Associate Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy.  

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Our Research in Psychology

Our research in 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. 

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