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.
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
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:
- Social Cognition
- Clinical and Health Psychology
- Interventions and Well-being
- Behavioural Psychology.
Graduate Profile Leanne Rowlands
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.
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.