- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 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.
- The 2015 National Student Survey, Bangor University was placed top in Wales and in the top 10 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.
- We consider each application on its merit – assessing your potential to succeed on and benefit from the course.
- For 2017 entry, the new UCAS tariff will be used in addition to the usual programme specific requirements.
- Typical points range 104-144 (UCAS Tariff for 2017 entry).
- For a degree course, the points total should include at least two GCE A level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others).
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
- More specific entry requirements are given on individual course descriptions on our website, together with the admission policy and the university's statement on UK qualification reform.
The 10,765 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 75%
- Postgraduate 25%
Mode of study
- Full Time 83%
- Part Time 17%
- UK 79%
- EU 4%
- Other 18%
- Male 42%
- Female 58%
- 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.
- In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), Bangor University was rated top in Wales for teaching and 6th in the UK for academic support and assessment and feedback.
The NSS results placed Bangor University in the top 10 in the UK in 19 subject areas and top in Wales in 12 subject areas:
- Design Studies
- Electronic Engineering
- English Studies
- Initial Teacher Training
- Biological Sciences (which reflects aspects of our medical-related teaching)
- Social Work
Some degree courses are accredited by professional bodies e.g.
- Institution of Environmental
- Royal Society of Chemistry
- Institution of Engineering and Technology
- British Psychological Society
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- 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.
- 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.
Type of Qualification:
- 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 including in the new arts and innovation centre, Pontio. Facilities include smartboards, fixed computing equipment, wifi access and mobile lcd screens for collaborative learning activities.
- The Study Skills Centre provides help with the transition to university and on-going support with academic progression. The support provided 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 £1.5m MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum, a £3.5m ocean-going research ship and a state-of-the-art replica courtroom for mock trials.
- 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.
- 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.
- Around 160 clubs and societies ranging from archaeology to musical theatre.
- Free membership of Students’ Union clubs and societies mean that all students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered.
- 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.
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 Bangor Prospects.
- It provides advice and guidance on a wide range of term-time and vacation work experience opportunities.
- The Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help students achieve their graduate ambitions.
- The Service provides a year-round programme of individual guidance, workshops and employer talks and also offer additional services that provide part-time employment, voluntary experience, summer work and project-based placements.
- Several academic Schools also have their own events in place to support student employability. The Law School, for example, runs an annual Law Fair to showcase the diverse job opportunities available to law graduates; and the School of Psychology hosts an employability day, demonstrating how the transferable skills gained during the course can be applied to a wide range of careers.
- Additionally, the B-Enterprising Programme provides budding entrepreneurs with business training and support; students can become Peer Guides and gain skills valued by employers; the University's Internship Scheme offers students the opportunity to gain paid, graduate level work experience in the university’s academic Schools and service departments; students can participate in the Bangor Employability Award; free evening language classes are available to all students.
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 opened in 2015 with the range of accommodation including en-suite rooms, studio apartments and townhouses. There is also a café, shop, laundrette, student lounges, PC learning lounge, fitness room, outdoor recreation and games area, and a mini cinema, performance and music space.
- The Sports Centre, Canolfan Brailsford, was refurbished recently that included the construction of the Dome – a dedicated indoor tennis and netball facility.
- A new arts and innovation centre, Pontio, opened in 2015 on the university campus. The centre is set to become a world-class centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts and includes a theatre, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar, restaurant, and café.
- Professor Robert Edwards FRS – Nobel Prize winner.
- Danny Boyle – Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire Director.
- R.S. Thomas – poet.