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Psychology MRes

Course Description

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.

Compulsory Modules:

Advanced Research Methods: This module will provide you with the statistical skills that you need to conduct and evaluate psychological research.

Communicating Research in Psychology: This will provide you with the advanced writing skills you will need for your dissertation and for getting research published and are very relevant in the world of work.

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

(Student Profile)

Hannah Rettie

My name is Hannah Rettie, I’m 22 and from Abergele in North Wales and I’m currently studying and MRes in Psychology.

Why Bangor?

I originally chose to study at Bangor because of the amazing location, and the quality of the Psychology course. I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate here so much I decided it would only be right to stay on for my masters!
The course…

I really enjoy my course – the lecturers are extremely supportive and will always make time for you. The opportunities I have had from my course have been incredible – I’ve been able to hold a human brain, go in an MRI scanner, and conduct an applied project in my area of interest.
Life at Bangor…

I really enjoyed living in halls as an undergraduate - there was a great atmosphere to the place and you really felt part of a community. I can imagine it’s even better now they have Canolfan Brailsford on site.
Clubs and Societies…

I am involved with student volunteering, and have been volunteering on numerous projects within Bangor for four years. I have also recently joined the pole fitness society! The fact that the clubs and societies here are free to join has allowed me to try things I wouldn’t have tried before, and increased my social circle.
Representing Bangor at the What Uni Student Choice Awards

The food and venue was extremely posh! I had a great time at the What Uni Awards with excellent company, and meeting Hugh Dennis was an experience! Being able to go to London for the first time as well was very exciting for me.

Bangor definitely deserved an award, it is an excellent university that I would recommend to anyone and I plan on staying here as long as possible.
Best thing about Bangor?

It’s everything I could have wanted from a university. It’s extremely friendly, the courses are of high quality and there are so many opportunities to get involved.

(Student Profile)

Lucas Michaut

Academic Background:

2009-2010: Exchange year, BA(Hons) Marketing, UCLAN, Preston, UK
2007-2011: Master in Marketing. Montpellier, France

Did you take up your postgraduate course straight after your first degree?

Yes, straight away, I finished my Master in France, did a 5-month work placement (part of my masters), and then applied and came to Bangor

Why did you choose this course at Bangor?

Because it is one of the very few consumer psychology masters in Europe (I didn’t check in France though, as I wanted to go anywhere but stay in France), and the School of Psychology in Bangor is well known and excellent.
What's the course teaching you that your first degree did not?

Everything related to psychology. Even if I had personally looked some psychology related paper during my undergrad for my personal knowledge I haven’t had the opportunity to attend any psychology related modules during my undergrad.

How are you funding the course?

Family funding

What job do you hope to have when you have finished?

In the short term I want to take a gap year, and later on apply for a PHD.

Do you think the course has improved your job prospects?

For an academic career obviously as it is the better way to access a PHD.

For a professional career, I would say yes as well, first of all because the topic I’m studying is very appealing for marketing related employers as they need a lot of psychologists, moreover numerous opportunities are given in Bangor to test our skills, meet people and so enhance our chance to get a job (e.g. Enterprise by Design, Social enterprise accelerator, Brolio/the pitch, Big Idea Wales).

Best things about studying at Bangor?

-The psychology related lectures and modules on the course are my favourites.
-The people I met here, either academics and friends.
-My house and housemates, we are 13 living in a house and we have a lot of fun together.
-Nights out in Bangor, as even if the clubs are not as good as ones in big cities we still have loads of fun, and sometimes a great party pops up (mostly in Hendre Hall)
-The opportunities to do extra curricula activities (related to study or work)
-The hockey Club, and sports clubs in general
-The gorgeous landscape surrounding the university (Pier, Hills, Snowdonia, Anglesea, … ), and the wonderful university buildings


KESS ATM Scholarship - 2 Awards

KESS Research Masters Scholarship 2014 - 15:
Title: Obesity Prevention in Primary School Children: Can The Food Dudes Programme Reduce Children's Consumption of Foods High in Fat, Salt and Sugar
The full time one year studentship (theses must be submitted a maximum of 3 months after the funded one year study period) includes a tax-free maintenance stipend of £10,130 for 12 months, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances. A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company, during the period of the project. The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS scholar. More information on the studentship and application process can be found at http://www.higherskillswales.co.uk/kessThe KESS funding is to deliver the approved project as outlined belowResearch project:
Recent reports show that the incidence of childhood obesity is higher in Wales than in most OECD countries: 33% Welsh children have higher than recommended BMI by the end of their Primary school education. Research shows that these children are more likely to become overweight/obese adults, costing the Welsh Government an estimated £73m per year. If the Food Dudes Programme can help prevent excessive weight gain in childhood, by not only increasing fruit and vegetable consumption but also reducing fat and sugar intake, this will result in health benefits, and reduce the associated economic costs of obesity in Wales.
The closing date: 19/09/14.
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.For more information on the KESS project please contact Dr Penny Dowdney on 01248 382266 or [email protected] for specific academic queries please contact Dr Mihela Erjavec [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

£15000 (approx)


The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree, and be available to take up the studentship by the beginning of October 2014. (Applicants need only apply, they do not need to secure a partner company)
To be eligible to participate in the KESS programme prospective students must be resident in the Convergence Area (West Wales and the Valleys) on application, and be able to work in the Convergence Area upon completion of the scholarship. The Eligibility Form is the first step in the application process and any applications which do not meet the above criteria will not be processed further.

Application Procedure

How to apply: The first step in the application process will be to complete and submit the KESS Participant Application and Eligibility Form which can be downloaded here. This form must be completed, signed and an original copy submitted to Caroline Barton, Senior Clerical Officer, KESS, Room E1.09, The Management Centre, College Road, Bangor, LL57 2DG [email protected] You will receive a response regarding your eligibility within 5 working days of receipt of your form.

Entry Requirements

KESS Funded StudentsYou must have a single or joint honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline, with a minimum degree class of 2(i). You are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your application prior to submissionSelf-Funded StudentsYou must have a single or joint honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline, with a minimum degree class of 2(i) and extensive research experience e.g. Masters degree, extensive practical research experience etc. You are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your application prior to submission.

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