Bangor University

Bangor University

School of Psychology

Explore the mind with Bangor Psychology

If you are looking for a Psychology Masters degree with inspirational teaching from world-class researchers that will enhance your employability, explore your options at Bangor. Established in 1884 Bangor University is situated on the North Wales coast between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea, making it one of the most attractive university cities in the UK. We have a vibrant, cosmopolitan psychology postgraduate community of over 200 students and offer a range of masters programmes taught by active researchers with excellent reputations in their area. Bangor highlights include:

  • 9th (of 116) for ‘Student Satisfaction’ in the National Student Survey 2018
  • Top 20 for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2019
  • We were one of only two UK Psychology departments that ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS) and in the top 20 for research (REF) when these were last done at the same time (2014). A clear demonstration of our rare combination of teaching and research excellence
  • WhatUni? Awards 2018 saw Bangor’s student accommodation and clubs and societies ranked No.1 in the UK and the University ranked 3rd overall as well as being top 10 is several other categories

Our Programmes

As one of the largest schools of Psychology in the UK we offer a wide range of Masters courses including:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Consumer Psychology with Business
  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Neuroimaging
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychology

For full details of all our courses down to modular level information, and to apply online, please visit our website.


We are also pleased to be able to offer some financial support to students through a limited number of school achievement scholarships for students with a 1st class degree and some subject focused scholarships in addition to the funding available at university level.

Fantastic Location

Bangor also promises a stunning location set between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea; probably one of the best university locations for pursuing sport and outdoor activities. It is also easily accessible with Liverpool and Manchester within 90 minutes drive. London is just over 3 hours away by train.

The city itself is a small, friendly cathedral city that offers a safe and affordable place to live and free membership of all student clubs and societies offers students a wealth of experiences outside the lecture hall.

Bangor boosts your job prospects

To help you go further with your Bangor degree, you can develop additional skills, gain qualifications and complete work experience that’s relevant both to your degree and to your future career.

  • UK Top 25% for Graduate Prospects – Complete University Guide 2019

Research and Impact

In the most recent research assessment by the UK government (REF 2014) 89% of our research outputs were ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We have four overarching research themes, each of which covers a range of specialist areas and techniques.

Perception, Action & Memory: The perception, action and memory group investigates how we extract information from the environment and use this information to guide our actions, and how such interactions result in learning and memory.

Language, Bilingualism & Cognitive Development. This group consists of a highly collaborative set of researchers using a variety of behavioural, neuropsychological, and cognitive neuroscience methods to study the interaction of language and cognition across the lifespan.

Social Neuroscience. Broadly our research questions how the brain makes sense of the social world. Particular foci are on the perception of other people - their faces, bodies, voices; understanding the meaning of others' actions; on social learning; on disorders of social cognition; and on emotion and memory.

Clinical, Health and Behavioural Psychology. This group looks at the application of psychological knowledge to understand and to address human behaviour and broader psychological well-being in multiple contexts. It covers a range of applied questions such as addressing Behaviour Change as well as typical developmental processes across the lifespan. Using a variety of psychological approaches, it seeks to make real changes to behaviour of benefit to individuals and to other psychological and Quality of Life outcomes.


In addition to the individual laboratory that your supervisor will have we also have a number of state of the art open-access research facilities and services. Bangor staff and post-graduate student researchers may access these facilities by participating in the appropriate methodological research groups. Facilities are fully staffed and supported by grant-funded research assistants and research officers, as well as School-funded posts. Facilities within the Bangor Imaging Unit include a research dedicated Philips 3T MRI scanner, MRI compatible EEG, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), stimulus presentation systems, and eye tracking systems. The Psychology Open-Access Electrophysiology and Topographic (POET) lab provides access to EEG / ERP research facilities for all School research staff, and supports students and researchers through regular training events. The lab consists of a fully shielded sound-attenuated testing booth,128 channel BioSemi EEG system, and all equipment necessary for auditory and visual EEG/ERP experiments. We also have eye tracking and motion capture facilities as well as highly developed participant panels including students, Infants, Neurology patients and a community panel as well as dedicated research facilities in the University Nursery.

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Key information

Bangor University
School of Psychology
Brigantia Building, College Rd
LL57 2AS
Bethan Pentith
Telephone number: 
01248 388453