Our MSc in Psychological Research is exceptional for its dual emphasis on basic psychological science and applied issues. The course is designed to provide students with a wide range of practical research skills, advanced studies in modern psychology, and an opportunity to learn how this knowledge is applied in either industrial or clinical settings. The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing the transferable skills essential to social science research. Students who take this course will get a comprehensive research experience working with top international calibre researchers, and an exceptional opportunity to see how modern psychology can be put into practice.
This Masters is recommended in the following cases: You are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology. You are interested in giving your CV/Resume an extra "boost". You are trying to get a feel for research in psychology before undertaking a PhD. You are looking for a job as a research assistant. You wish to undertake a PhD.
Content In Semester One you'll concentrate on content modules that reflect the academic specialisms within the school. In Semester Two all students take three skills modules - Advanced Statistics, Issues in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, and Communicating Research in Psychology.
In both Semesters One and Two, you take a tutorial style modules called Advanced Research Methods and Proposal I/II in which you develop your research thesis project with your supervisor.
Structure The course consists of two Parts. Part One comprises taught modules over two semesters. You are required to take three 'content' modules, each designed to provide knowledge and promote understanding in a specific core area of psychology. You also take three 'skills' modules designed to help you acquire research skills. In addition you take two tutorial modules with your supervisor wherein you develop a research proposal for your thesis. On successful completion of Part One, you'll proceed to Part Two (in the third semester). At this time you complete and write your thesis.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Teaching occurs via lectures, seminars and tutorials given by research experts in the School. All teachers are actively engaged in research programmes. Assessment methods include written exams, essays, oral presentations and a research thesis. Research Thesis
The thesis is the "heart" of the MSc and is an intensive research experience conducted in collaboration with your supervisor that allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. In conducting your thesis project, you will develop new skills such as planning, co-operative working, and the academic skills essential to understanding and reporting findings to others.
Student Profiles To get a taste of what life as a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology is like, you may want to read the profiles of some of our current and past Postgraduate students that are on the School website.
Funding Some course specific funding is available. Please see School Page for details.
Research/Industrial Links 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.
Career Prospects This course is recommended for students who are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology prior to undertaking a PhD or looking for a post as a research assistant. It also provides excellent general research skills that graduates can use in a range of other employment environments.
My name is Hannah Rettie, I’m 22 and from Abergele in North Wales and I’m currently studying and MRes in Psychology.
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.
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?
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
Departmental Funding Opportunities UG & PGT Gold Scholarships: Psychology has a limited number of International top up scholarships worth up to £5K are available. Applicants would be expected to be able to demonstrate exceptional academic ability and a financial hardship. Applications must be received by 1st July 2014 and should consist of a statement outlining the applicants academic credentials and financial situation including any supporting documentation and ideally should be submitted at the same time as the application to enable an early decision. Applications can be e-mailed to [email protected]
University Funding Opportunities The University has a number of Scholarships and Studentships available including the Santandar Scholarships, Postgraduate Widening Access Bursaries and the Peer Guide Plus studentship. Visit the University page for more details: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate.php.enInternational Education Centre Scholarships The International Education Centre has a number of scholarships available for International students applying to Bangor University which are summarised below and include £5000 for all students with a 1st class honours degree and a small number of full fee waiver scholarships as well.-All PGT applicants will be considered for a £2,500 scholarship. -1st class honours applicants are guaranteed a £5,000 scholarship and will be invited to apply for full fee waiver scholarship. -All Masters applicants from new markets will be offered a £4,000 scholarship. (New markets include Pakistan, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan.) -BU graduates progressing onto a higher degree at BU will be offered a£1,000 loyalty scholarship in addition to any other scholarships they may be awarded. -The Santander scholarship fund aims to reward the most academically gifted students from countries that are supported by the Santander Universidades scheme.Please click here for further details: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/international/future/scholarship_pg.php
Value of Scholarship(s)
up to 50% fee reduction
Must be an International (non EU) fee status
Departmental Funding Opportunities Applicants would be expected to be able to demonstrate exceptional academic ability and a financial hardship. Applications must be received by 1st July 2014 and should consist of a statement outlining the applicants academic credentials and financial situation including any supporting documentation and ideally should be submitted at the same time as the application to enable an early decision. Applications can be e-mailed to [email protected].
University & International Education Centre Scholarships Some are awarded automatically, others require an application - please check for details
MSc Psychological Research: Three £2.5K Gold Scholarships for highly able applicants. Awarded on the basis of a project proposal (500 words max) and academic attainment. Proposals can be e-mailed to [email protected]
Value of Scholarship(s)
Open to all applicants who apply and complete the required research proposal
Applicants must submit a 300-500 word research proposal, outlining what they would like to pursue as a research topic. Research proposals should be emailed to [email protected].
You must have a single or joint honours degree in Psychology or a related subject area, usually with a minimum degree class of 2:1 or equivalent . International applicants will be given individual consideration.
Recipient: Bangor University
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