Bangor University International College

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.

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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

Key Information



1 Term:

3 months pathway + 1 year degree

2 Terms:

6 months pathway + 1 year degree

Start Dates

January | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


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.

Core Modules

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses:

MSc (Hons)
Clinical and Health Psychology
Clinical psychology involves applying psychological understanding to difficulties connected with mental or physical health problems. Using this understanding, clinical psychologists assess and treat people of all ages and ability levels who are experiencing psychological distress, behavioural problems or related issues
MSc (Hons)
Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology
The School of Psychology at Bangor brings together a large group of outstanding scientists with international research reputations in neuropsychology and in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Some of Bangor University staff also hold appointments as consultants with the NHS and contribute to clinical practice as well as to the training of medical students and staff.
MSc (Hons)
The Psychology MSc course has been developed for students who are interested in developing their knowledge and ability in Psychology in general. Further, this course will be a good option for individuals who would like to develop their professional and academic skills but do not intend to pursue a research career in psychology.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)