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Pre-Master's - Psychology

This course offers you an alternative route to a masters in Psychology at Bangor University. With this course you’ll develop your English language skills, critical thinking while developing your knowledge in the field of Psychology.

This course is designed for students who do not qualify for direct entry to the masters programmes at Bangor University, this could be because of the grades achieved in your bachelor degree; your current qualifications are not equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree or because you have a different background.

The Pre-Masters programme is delivered at Bangor University International College and focuses on equipping you with the academic English language skills you need to complete your postgraduate study at Bangor University.

After successfully completing the Pre-Masters Stage at Bangor University International College you will continue your postgraduate at Bangor University.

Depending on your English language level:

  • 15 months (one term Pre-Masters) – start dates in September, and June
  • 18 months (one term Pre-Masters) – start dates in January, April and June

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
One term IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
Two terms IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5. minimum in all components
One term +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component, except writing which must be 5.5
Two terms +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
Two terms +12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Core Modules

Academic Study Skills

This module will develop your study skills to support you in critical thinking and the evaluation of postgraduate level materials. You will be made aware of good and poor academic practice, need for referencing and the avoidance of plagiarism. You will also be introduced to further strategies and techniques that will support you to become a more independent learner.

Concepts in Psychology

This module will provide you with a conceptual and historical understanding of psychology and how it has developed into the academic discipline that it is today. The focus of the course will be on theoretical understandings of psychology – how psychology as a science pursues discovery of new things through experimentation and scientific endeavour, this course will focus on how these findings are understood and interpreted using classic and contemporary theories. The module will explore the social and cultural construction of psychology, including theories on gender, politics and ethics, and will show how psychology may operate as a powerful form of knowledge.

ersonality and Individual Difference

This module addresses key topics within the field of personality, intelligence and individual differences. The module is split into two parts: intelligence and personality and each will be assessed separately. The areas covered involve historic and current perspectives on personality, including psychoanalysis, humanistic and trait approaches. Individual differences and intelligence will be explored including intelligence testing, emotional intelligence and heritability of intelligence.

Introduction to the Welsh Context

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the largely public settings in which psychological services are planned and delivered to clients in Wales. This will enable students coming to Bangor to study programmes in professional subjects to understand and contextualise the learning more effectively.

Scientific Communication

During this module you will learn about the scientific method and the importance within a scientific context of conveying information. This will involve studying scientific texts and listening to lectures. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of and ability to engage in scientific writing.

Professional Studies Project

In this module you will be required to reflect on what it is to be a professional and the approach and standards required to practise effectively. This will involve exploring the concept of placing the client at the centre of your professional activities.

Key Information



1 Term:3 months pathway + 1 year degree
2 Terms:6 months pathway + 1 year degree


Start Dates

January 2024September 2023


Pathway Tuition Fee

£10,995.00 – £14,995.00