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Bangor University

2016 League Table Ranking 58
2016 Overall Score 646
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Entry Standards 323 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.5 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.99 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 896 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.19 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 377 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 66.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 81.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 64.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 48.1 Help
Green Score
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  • In October 1884 the University College of North Wales opened with 58 students and 12 members of academic staff.
  • The institution’s new title, University of Wales, Bangor, was formally approved by the Privy Council in 1997, and changed to Bangor University in 2007.
  • The University is currently organised into 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges: Arts and Humanities; Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; Health and Behavioural Sciences; Physical and Applied Sciences.
  • In 2009, Bangor University celebrated its 125th anniversary with an honorary degree ceremony where Archbishop Desmond Tutu was amongst those receiving honorary doctorates.
  • Honorary Fellows include David Brailsford CBE, performance director of British Cycling and the general manager of Team Sky; Lord Richard Attenborough and Bryn Terfel.
  • Notable alumni include Nobel prize-winner, Professor Robert Edwards FRS; Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire Director, Danny Boyle; poet R.S.Thomas.
  • In the 2014 National Student Survey, Bangor University was placed top in Wales and 7th in the UK (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction.

Location and Transport

  • In north Wales, situated between Snowdonia and the sea – Bangor is considered one of the most attractive study locations in the UK.
  • Bangor is exceptionally well-situated and well-equipped for students interested in sport – especially those involving the great outdoors.
  • Surveys show that many students choose Bangor because of the small and friendly nature of the university and city.
  • Bangor is consistently ranked as one of the most economic places to study.
  • Bangor has good road and rail links – direct trains from London, Manchester, Crewe and Cardiff. Ferry connections from nearby Holyhead to Ireland are fast and frequent.

Entry Standards

  • Typical points range 260–360.
  • Visit our website for details of entry requirements at Bangor University.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • In light of the new UCAS Tariff being introduced in September 2017, Bangor University is currently reviewing its offer making policy.
  • It is likely that offers made for September 2017 and beyond will be made on the basis of specified qualifications and grades, however further details will be published in the 2017 prospectus.
  • Any offers made during the 2016 application cycle for deferred entry will continue to be made on the basis of the current UCAS tariff.

Student Mix

The 10,645 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Flexible course structures combine compulsory and optional modules.
  • Many programmes have common first years providing flexibility over the final choice of route.
  • Courses suitable for both full-time and part-time students, including distance learning options in some subjects.
  • Bangor offers a scheme called the International Experience Programme where students will study for one extra year during their degree. There is a wide variety of destinations to choose from and 'with International Experience' is added to the degree title.

Teaching Standards

  • In the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS), Bangor University was rated top in Wales for teaching, and joint 3rd in the UK (excluding specialist institutions) for academic support.
  • Other areas on which the university performed particularly well include staff contact (5th in the UK) and assessment and marking (7th in the UK).
  • The NSS results also placed the following subject areas at Bangor University amongst the top 10 in the UK: Biology, Biomedical Science, Business Studies, Electronic Engineering, French, Music, Psychology and Sport Science.

Research Standards

  • Bangor University's world-leading research was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the national assessment of research quality.
  • The REF ranked Bangor amongst the top 40 in the UK for research quality (excluding specialist in institutions and single-submission universities).
  • According to the REF, the research carried out in over half of the academic schools at Bangor is rated in the top 20 in the UK.

Academic Strengths

  • A broad range of subjects including Science, Humanities, Education and Health.
  • Particular subject strengths include Psychology, Accounting and Finance, Sport Science and Ocean Sciences and Electronic Engineering

Student Facilities

  • Library, archives, computing, media and reprographics facilities and services supported by experienced staff.
  • There are a number of computer rooms/areas which can access the University’s network across the campus. Computer rooms have long opening hours with some open 24 hours. Wireless access and power recharge points available.
  • There are a number of social and learning spaces on site with smartboards, fixed computing equipment, wifi access and mobile lcd screens for collaborative learning activities as well as a student lounge complete with internet access.
  • The Study Skills Centre provides help with the transition to university and on-going support with academic progression. The support provided by the new Centre includes help with academic writing, reading and exam skills, mathematics and statistics, team-work, presentation skills, and project-planning.
  • Every bedroom in every Halls of Residence has Internet access.
  • Other learning resources include a £1.5-million MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum and a £3.5-million ocean-going research ship.

Disability Services

  • Bangor’s pioneering Dyslexia Service is internationally known for its expertise, and provides support for over 600 students a year.
  • There are specialised computing facilities available for the sole use of disabled students or those with additional needs.
  • Visit our website to find out about disability services at Bangor University.

Students' Union

  • Bangor University has a Peer Guiding Scheme with second and third-year students involved in a mentoring scheme to help new students settle in during their first few weeks. The Peer Guiding Scheme and the Personal Tutor system mean there is always another student or an academic member of staff students can turn to.
  • Over 150 clubs and societies ranging from archaeology to musical theatre.
  • Free student membership of Students’ Union clubs and societies.
  • Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) is a department within the Students’ Union. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 400 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.


  • Bangor's location means that the University is exceptionally well-situated and well-equipped for students interested in sport – especially those involving the great outdoors. Rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing and surfing are just some of the outdoor activities available.
  • There are over 50 sports teams and clubs at Bangor, ranging from football and rugby to octopush and trampolining.
  • The university's newly refurbished Sports Centre, Canolfan Brailsford, has a state-of-the-art two storey Lifefitness equipped gym, including 50 cardiovascular machines, a full range of Hammer Strength plate loaded resistance equipment, and a separate 6-platform Olympic lifting area. The centre also has two sports halls, an aerobics studio, cycling studio, gymnastics hall, multi-route and bouldering wall and four squash courts.
  • Next to Canolfan Brailsford is the Dome – a dedicated indoor tennis and netball facility.
  • A number of Sports Scholarships are offered, worth up to £3,000 a year.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A £35M development project on the main accommodation site has meant the opening of several new halls and an increase in the number of ensuite rooms.
  • A new development of 600 rooms will open in 2015 with the range of accommodation including studio apartments and townhouses. There will also be a café, bar, shop, launderette, common rooms and sports and fitness facilities on site.
  • The Sports Centre, Canolfan Brailsford, has recently undergone major refurbishment that included the construction of the Dome that was officially opened by Lord Coe.
  • The construction of an ambitious new Arts and Innovation Centre is currently underway on the university campus. The centre is set to become a world-class centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts and will include a theatre, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar, and café.

Careers and Employability

  • The Careers and Employability Service at Bangor University can help students to arrange voluntary experience through the GO Wales Work Taster Programme, the Aspirational Mentoring Programme and the Peer Guiding Scheme. The Service also host recruitment days for local organisations and advertise national an international opportunities in the JobZone, the Student Employment Bureau.
  • All undergraduate students will be able to be involved in a new scheme – the Bangor Employability Award (BEA) – designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of students.
  • The BEA gives accreditation for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, work experiences, part-time work, learning a new language, etc) which may not be formally recognised within the academic degree programme, but are considered valuable in the graduate jobs market.
  • The university runs an internship scheme for its graduates, offering paid, graduate-level work within the university's schools and departments.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University's Careers and Employability Service can help you to find term-time employment, vacation work and graduate opportunities through the JobZone.
  • It provides advice and guidance on a wide range of term-time and vacation work experience opportunities.

Notable Alumni

  • Professor Robert Edwards FRS, Nobel Prize Winner.
  • Danny Boyle, Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire Director.
  • R.S. Thomas, Poet.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1248 382017
  • Bangor University
    LL57 2DG
UCAS Code B06

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