Bangor University

4.6 out of 5 (106 reviews) Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom
Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.

PhD Programmes

Humanities (14)
Social Sciences (12)
Engineering & Technology (7)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Computer Science & IT (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Medicine & Health (5)
Agriculture & Forestry (3)
  • School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
  • PhD/MPhil Agroforestry
    School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
  • PhD/MPhil Forestry
    School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Education & Training (2)
Law (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
  • PhD, MPhil Heritage
    School of History, Welsh History and Archeaology
Business & Management (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



The University was founded as the University College of North Wales. It opened its doors on 18 October 1884 in an old coaching inn with 58 students and 10 members of staff. The students received degrees from the University of London until 1893 when the University of Wales, Bangor became one of the three original constituent colleges of the University of Wales .


The University’s academic schools are grouped into five colleges;

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Health & Behavioural Sciences
  • College of Physical & Applied Sciences

The University prides itself on the quality of teaching offered. This was supported in a recent review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which resulted in the highest possible endorsement of the University’s academic standards.

Students are enrolled on 324 undergraduate programmes and 125 postgraduate taught programmes.

Undergraduate students are registered to 1883 modules.

340 undergraduate modules are offered through the medium of Welsh.


The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor's research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. Based on the University submission of 14 Units of Assessment, 77% of the research was rated in the top two tiers of research quality, ahead of the average for all UK universities.

Research Institutes and Centres are a central part of Bangor University. The University encourages the establishment of research centres as a framework for promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary research and postgraduate teaching initiatives.

  • Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Centre for Galician Studies
  • R. S Thomas Study Centre


The University's Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today's job market.

Bangor Prospects is the University's Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs - Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

We place a high priority on caring for and supporting our students. This is reflected in the fact that Bangor is in the Top 5 in the UK for Student Support.

Peer Guides & Personal Tutors

  • The Peer Guide scheme and the Personal Tutor system mean that there is always another student or academic member of staff that you can turn to. Peer Guides are second and third year students who are trained to help new students settle-in to university life. 
Student Services
  • The Student Services Centre provides a professional support service for students. The services offered include money advice, health and welfare support, advice on private housing, dyslexia support and counselling.

Housing services

  • We guarantee a room in our halls of residence to all first-year undergraduates who hold Bangor as their Firm Choice and apply before the given deadline.
  • Our accommodation is self-catered and the majority of our halls are en-suite. All our halls are within walking distance of the main University buildings and city centre.
  • We currently have around 2,960 rooms available at three residential locations; Ffriddoedd Village, St Mary's Village and Neuadd Garth (Postgraduate Hall).
  • All students living in University accommodation receive free gym and Campus Life membership. Campus Life runs a programme of free events throughout the year, including film nights, quizzes, trips and outdoor activities.

Library services

They have an extensive collection of books and journals and many of the journals are available online in full-text format.

They also have databases, DVDs and CDs; microform material; a manuscript collection, archives and special collections.

University Libraries
  • Main Arts Library
  • Adeilad Deiniol Library
  • Normal Site Library
  • Health Studies Library, Wrexham
  • On-line Library services

ICT services

To help you in your studies we provide a range of learning resources supported by experienced staff. IT Services provides Computing, AV and Printing/Binding facilities and services.

Our aim is to provide the very best Information Technology facilities and resources for you, and to help you use them. We offer over 1,000 computers for student us, nine computer rooms open 24 hours every day, etc.

Student Life

Campus life

The University has about 2,960 accommodation places available in Bangor. Our halls are situated at Ffriddoedd Village, St Mary's Village and Neuadd Garth.

  • Ffriddoedd Village

Ffriddoedd Village is our largest accommodation village and is located in Upper Bangor. It's about 5 minutes’ walk from the train station and the Main University Building. The city centre is 10 minutes’ walk away.

  • St Mary's Village

St Mary's Village is located in an elevated position overlooking the city of Bangor. It is about 5 minutes' walk from the city centre and 10-15 minutes' walk from the train station and the Main University Building.

  • Garth

Sports facilities

  • The various sport clubs give you an opportunity to train, compete and socialise with fellow club members. You can get involved with traditional sports such as football, rugby, netball and hockey or try something new like quidditch, canoe-polo or sub-aqua.
  • If you are already interested in outdoor pursuits you will be spoilt for choice by the huge range of sports available on your doorstep. Snowdonia is the adventure capital of the UK with a high concentration of opportunities, from exceptional rock climbing to scrambling and hill walking to an abundance of water sports including, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, sailing and sea kayaking.

Student clubs

  • The Students’ Union offers a wide range of student-run clubs and societies – there’s over 150 to choose from.
  • There are societies that will compliment your academic studies, such as the Law Society, the: Geographical Society; religious societies such as the Christian Union and the Islamic Society and societies to compliment your hobbies and interests like comedy, cooking, photography and drama.
  • You’ll get to know more about all our clubs and societies during the Serendipity Freshers’ Fair which is held during Welcome Week.

Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom