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Bangor University - School of Psychology

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. It is a research led University with the School of Psychology at the forefront of that effort and has an excellent reputation for student support. Some of its highlights include:

  • Bangor University has been ranked in the top 10 in the UK for ‘Student Satisfaction’ for the last 2 
  • Bangor is ranked amongst the top 2% of Universities in the world and in the Top 40 in the UK for its research output overall
  • Free membership to all Student Clubs and Societies - more or less unique in the UK!
  • A fantastic quality of life set between the mountains and the sea offering a wealth of outdoor activities not to mention a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites nearby.
  • Bangor is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual city with a strong Welsh identity, which sits alongside the more typical British one.
  • Bangor is easily accessible with Liverpool and Manchester within 90 minutes drive. London is just over 3 hours away by train.
  • Bangor is a small, friendly and safe city with students making up 1/3 of the population.
  • According to The Independent's A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges, Bangor is "one of the cheapest places in Britain" to be a student.

We have a has a vibrant psychology postgraduate community of over 250 students and offer a range of  masters programmes. In the Times Good University Guide 2015 Bangor Psychology and only two other departments (out of 110+) were ranked in the top 20 in the three key indicators of Research Quality, Student Satisfaction and Graduate Prospects. Perhaps the best way to summarise that is to say our students are happy, study with world leading academics and are well placed to get a job when they graduate. Not a bad combination! Read on or have a look at our Virtual Open Day or International Video to learn more. 

Student satisfaction and student life - We offer our students an exceptional lifestyle, a few highlights of which are:

  • In the annual National Student Survey Bangor Psychology regularly appears in the top 10 in the UK and has a 3 year average of 93% for 'Student Satisfaction !
  • REF 2014 saw Bangor Psychology rated 17th (out of 80+) in the UK for Research with 89% of research classed as either ‘world-leading’ (40%) or ‘internationally excellent’ (49%)
  • 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

Teaching Excellence - We focus on caring for and supporting our students and have specialist International, Employability and Disability Tutors who can help you reach your maximum potential.

  • Ranked 18th by The Times Good University Guide 2015.
  • We have been ranked in the top 100 departments in the world (QS World University Ranking).
  • Our independent external examiner said we are “producing some of the best quality psychology graduates in the UK.”

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 20 for Graduate Prospects according to The Times Good University Guide 2016.
89% of our Psychology students are either working or in further study within six months of graduating (Psychology, UniStats).

Research and Impact

The endeavour to understand the human mind and brain presents one of the greatest challenges for science. Research in language, cognition, action, emotion, social behaviour, perception, and physical and mental health is vital both to advance our understanding of human behaviour, and to promote the rehabilitation and care of people who suffer as a result of injury or disease.  Our research aims to advance both basic and applied science: we seek to understand fundamental relationships between brain and behaviour, and to directly contribute to the health and well being of the community. 

A remarkable research record

The research record of the School has been one of remarkable growth and achievement, reaching both top teaching standards and extremely high marks in the 2001, 2008 RAE results and most recently in REF 2014 where 89% of the research outputs were ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Research Groups

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. We have a research dedicated MRI/fMRI facility in the Psychology building. Facilities within the Bangor Imaging Unit include a research dedicated Philips 3T Achieva MR 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 develop participant panels including students, Infants, Neurology patients and a community panel.


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