Our Psychology MA is a new course designed to offer advanced study in psychology with an emphasis on both research excellence and critical writing skills. Following two semesters of academic study, students write a stand-alone literature review in an area of psychology that particularly appeals to them. This may be an idea or theory that the graduate is already developing, or may be in an area that they become interested in during the course. An academic supervisor will help students to develop their ideas and hone their writing skills, providing support for the literature review. Students can choose to follow a general programme or specialise in the following areas by choosing particular options in semesters one and two.
Read the course leaflet.
View the MA Psychology modules.
During the first two Semesters of this course, content modules are split between core research foundation courses providing an in depth knowledge of how psychological experiments are designed, carried out, analysed and written up, as well as a focus on evaluating scientific research and writing with an appropriate scientific style, and courses offering a variety of subject matters that students can choose from. Courses are taught by the highest calibre research academics and we provide an excellent teaching and learning environment through the use of innovative teaching tools, media and environments. Some courses integrate both undergraduate and graduate classes and so provide a rich and vibrant atmosphere for learning and social interactions.
The course is especially recommended to graduates who want to:
pursue a career in psychology-related humanities, the health-care professions and social-sciences such as scientific journalism, business management, occupational psychology, marketing and medical care; give their CV an additional boost explore a particular area of psychology in detail through researching and writing a literature review. It should be noted that the course does not qualify a student for PhD study at Bangor Psychology, but that should not deter students from applying to psychology departments in other universities and for PhD study in other disciplines. For example, our MA graduates have pursued PhD study in Sociology, Business and Marketing, and Medical History and Humanities.
Programme Aims To provide post-graduate foundation in psychology and psychological research; To evaluative psychological research methodology, experimental design and analysis; To provide the conceptual tools necessary for insight into psychological processes and meanings within several key domains of psychology that the student selects; To enable students to develop a critical and evaluative understanding of different approaches to psychological study; To develop key skills in psychological research such as scientific writing, critical analysis of research and communicating research in psychology; To enable students to produce a substantial written thesis demonstrating their ability to understand, evaluate and integrate psychological research into a coherent body. Content and Structure This course consists of taught components along with a literature review. Semesters one and two involve both core modules and a selection of content modules. During the second semester, students work, with the support of an academic supervisor, to identify a theory, model or research question that they wish to explore through their review. This is then completed during the third semester.
Core modules for Semester 1: Issues in Qualitative & Quantitative + 3 Options. Core modules for Semester 2: Project Proposal, Communicating Research in Psychology + 2 Options. Students choose the five optional content modules based on their areas of interest (see module list). Teaching and Learning 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.
Literature Review The thesis is the key component of this course allowing the student to demonstrate their learning, knowledge and understanding. Each student focuses on a specific research question or theory and, along with their supervisor, they will develop their ideas, review the relevant literature and write a thesis.
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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] & International Education Centre Scholarships Some are awarded automatically, others require an application - please check for details
deally applicants should have a single or joint honours degree in psychology, usually with a minimum degree class of 2(ii) or equivalent. However, applicants with an appropriate alternative degree are also welcome.
Recipient: Bangor University
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