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Find out about the course options in Psychology

Why Study Psychology?

At Bangor University we are proud of our strengths in both the teaching and learning and research domains, ensuring that you’ll be learning the science and application of psychology from world class researchers and lecturers. 

  • Bangor Psychology is a large and cosmopolitan department with staff and students from all over the world
  • 85% of research output either world leading or internationally excellent (REF 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

If you want to go on to pursue a psychology PhD, our Psychological Research MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing you with the transferable skills essential to social science research. If you don’t have a psychology background, then you could consider our MA Psychology or explore some of our applied psychology master's degrees.

The postgraduate psychology and applied psychology programmes you can study at Bangor University offer a combination of variety, quality and learning experience that are not available elsewhere; delivered in a large, multi-lingual, cosmopolitan department. We’d love you to join us.

Watch - Psychology, Social Experience and the Brain

Get a feel for studying at Bangor University with Psychology Lecturer Kami Koldewyn - understanding how social experience can shape our behaviour, decisions and the way our brain develops.


Student Profile Radha Shah

MSc Counselling

"The Counselling course at Bangor is very vocational and directed towards a career in counselling. It has provided me with the foundations to pursue this career but has also left room for me to continuously develop my skills and critical evaluate research."

The breadth of the MSc Counselling at Bangor University offered much more than exploration of psychotherapeutic theory. It enabled me to consider how I might profile myself to the outside world and prospective clients.

Career Opportunities in Psychology

On graduating with a Master’s degree in psychology, there are a range of career options available including:  

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Organisational/ Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Consumer Psychology

Beyond directly related careers such as these, the key skills taught at master's level are attractive to a range of employers. You’ll graduate with highly developed analytical and statistical knowledge, as well as skills in oral presentations and written reports. You can also use your psychology master's degree as a stepping stone to further PhD study or other professional doctoral degrees.  

As the need to understand and predict human behaviour expands, the need for psychologists will continue to grow.  This means that your skills and understanding of what it is to be human will continue to be in demand by a wide variety of employers. 

Our Research in Psychology

Research and Impact in the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences

Our research 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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