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Course content

This course is primarily aimed at recipients of Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships KESS Funding where students focus on field research in partnership with an external company. This course can also consider self-funded applicants who are already in possession of a masters level qualification (or practical work-based experience) and who have a suitable background in research methods. You may have a specific research aim in mind and will be ready to carry out independent research leading to PhD level study or be seeking a stand-alone research based qualification suitable for a career in research with transferable skills for graduate employment.

It is the normal expectation that the independent research (120 credits) should be of at a publishable standard in a high quality peer reviewed journal and you will receive support from your supervisors to support you in that aim.

If you are considering this option you are strongly encouraged to get in touch with potential supervisor in the school prior to making an application to discuss your area of interest.

The School’s Psychology masters degrees cover a number of specialist areas that reflect the mix of research expertise within the department. The School boasts a number of prestigious research centres which, as well as being in the vanguard of academic research, offer students unique opportunities for project work under internationally recognised supervisors. The School forms a large part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, a College, which boasts a very strong research, and teaching ethos that translates into excellent courses.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

View the MRes Psychology modules.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

Teaching occurs via lectures, seminars and tutorials given by research experts in the school. Assessments methods include written exams, essays, oral presentations and a research thesis.

Careers and Employability

The course is primarily designed for students who wish to pursue a career in academic research or who wish to deepen their expertise and professional understanding in a particular discipline. Although KESS funded students can apply to upgrade their MRes Scholarship to a PhD scholarship this route not the ESRC accredited route to PhD study. Those interested in pursuing a PhD are strongly advised to consider the ESRC accredited MSc Psychology Research.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this programme have extensive research links with external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.


Visit the Psychology - MRes/PGCert page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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