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Bangor University

Bangor University


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Phone: 01248 351 151

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University Stats and Facts
Total Students11,440
Undergraduate Students8,774
Postgrad StudentsTaught - 2173, Research - 744
Part-time Students1,967
% International Students18%
% Mature Students21%
Male to Female Student ratio43:57
Student to Staff ratio14:1
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Applicants per place
University Open Days

Open Days are a great way to get a taste of what student life is like. Bangor University open day dates:





Bangor University

Academic Excellence
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience. The most recent national Research Assessment Exercise shows that world leading research is being carried out at Bangor. Areas of particular excellence include Accounting & Finance which is rated as the best for research in the UK, and Electronic Engineering which is rated second in the UK. Sports Science is placed in the top 10 in the UK and Psychology is 11th in the UK.

A recent review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) resulted in the highest possible endorsement of the University’s academic standards. The ‘confidence’ judgement by the QAA confirms the University’s academic standing and profile.

Study Somewhere Special
Situated in north Wales between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea – Bangor is considered to be one of the most attractive study locations in the UK. Student surveys show that a high proportion of students choose Bangor because of the small and friendly nature of the University and the town.

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Undergraduate introductory text

With over 10,000 students from all over the world, Bangor offers you the chance to become a part of a vibrant student community. Set in a stunning location between the mountains and the sea, Bangor is a small and friendly city and is exceptionally well-situated and well equipped for students interested in sports – especially those involving the great outdoors.

See what current students think of Bangor and get a feel for Bangor by taking a look at Bangortv.

The University performs well in a variety of student surveys rating satisfaction levels and overall experience. For instance, Bangor was ranked amongst the top 12 in the UK for providing small-group tuition (Times Higher Education), and achieved top 20 positions in the National Student Survey in subject areas ranging from Psychology and Education to Sports Science, Chemistry, and Nursing and Midwifery.

Undergraduate degrees at Bangor University

Postgraduate introductory text

Bangor University’s position as a world-class research institution was confirmed by its performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise – with world-leading research being identified in all 19 assessed subject areas.

The University is made up of 6 Colleges housing 23 academic Schools, as well as over 50 specialist research centres, enabling the provision of over 150 postgraduate courses spanning the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

We believe in supporting the academic development of our postgraduates. Our Early Researcher Development Programme (ERDP) provides training and workshops that will help develop and maintain the key research, vocational and entrepreneurial skills necessary to meet the demands of your future career.

Watch Bangortv for a taste of postgraduate life at Bangor.
Postgraduate courses at Bangor University


The A55 expressway along the north Wales coast provides fast and easy access to and from the UK motorway network. Manchester International Airport is within a one-and-a-half hour drive along the A55/M56, and there are direct trains from Crewe and London.

Click to download a map of Bangor (PDF)


It is the University's policy to view applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as apply to all students. A visit to the University can be arranged for prospective students with a disability during the admissions process so that individual needs can be discussed. The Disability Adviser will liaise with the admissions tutor, and the visit can be arranged at a convenient time e.g. during the School's Open Day. Prospective students will have an opportunity to discuss the course requirements in detail and will be able to assess the suitability of access and the provision available within the Institution.

Key academic Dates

Open Days:
Saturday: 06.07.13
Saturday: 12.10.13
Saturday: 26.10.13

Semester Dates 2013/14:
These will be on our website as soon as they have been confirmed.

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Undergraduate Single or Joint Honours:
BA, BSc, BMedSci, BMus, MChem, MBiol, MEcol, HND, FdA, BEng, MEng, MEnvSci, BSc Intercalated, LLB, MOcean, MMSci, BM, BN, MZool.

Postgraduate Taught or Research:
MA, MSc PhD, PGDip, PG Cert, MBA, MPhil, MRes, Practice-Led Research, MARes, DClinPsy, MMus, LLM, EdD, PGCE.

Part time and Distance Learning study options are available for some courses. Please see individual courses on our website.

International/Erasmus opportunities

We have partner universities throughout Europe, North America and the Far East where you can spend between 3 and 12 months studying during your second year. Your work will contribute towards your degree, so you won't have to spend more time completing your degree.

You can also enhance your future prospects through our International Experience Programme, where you have the option of studying overseas for one extra year. There is a wide variety of destinations to choose from, we won’t charge you any tuition fees for the year abroad and the addition of ‘with International Experience’ to your degree title will show future employers that you are a globally aware and globally-experienced student.

Most exchanges within Europe take place with the support of the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Erasmus programme, and we have agreements with 100 universities in 20 countries. A grant is given to eligible students to help with travel and living costs. For more information, visit the Study Exchange Opportunities web pages.

Typical grades - Average offers

Typical points range 240–360 UCAS points

Fees and costs

Undergraduate fees for 2013/14 (UK/EU students):
For 2013/14 the fees were set at £9,000 a year for full-time undergraduate courses. The level of tuition fee for 2014/15 is still to be set and you are advised to check the University’s website for the latest information.

Undergraduate fees for International students:
The fees below are for 2013/14. Details for 2014/15 will be on the website.
• £12,500 Science and Engineering, and Health Studies
• £11,300 Bangor Business School (BA/BSc)
• £11,000 Law
• £10,300 Arts, Social Sciences, and Education

Postgraduate fees for 2012/13 were:
• Full-time Research Programmes: £3,828
• Full-time Taught Masters: £3,900 (some exceptions)
• PGCE: £9,000
• Bangor Business School MBA: £10,000
• Bangor Business School Full-time MA/MSc: £6,300

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A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to those starting at Bangor in 2014.

• Bangor Bursaries: up to £4,500 in extra financial help for those from lower income families was offered in 2013. Details for 2014/15 will be on the website as soon as details are confirmed.

• Start-up Bursaries: £1,000 for those entering the University from care.


• Merit Scholarships: approximately 40 of up to £3,000 for those who excel in the University’s annual Entrance Scholarships examinations.
• Excellence Scholarships: worth up to £5,000 may be available in several subject areas; awarded to the UK/EU students coming to Bangor with the highest academic attainment in the relevant subject areas.
• Sports Scholarships worth up to a maximum of £3,000 per year
• Academic School scholarships.
Bangor University scholarships

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Library and Study Facilities

Library, archives, computing, media and reprographics facilities and services supported by experienced staff.

A new Study Skills Centre, which opened its doors during the 2012/13 academic year, 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 to all legal web services at speeds equivalent to local domestic broadband.

Other learning resources include a £1.5M MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum and a £3.5-m ocean-going research ship.


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.

Every bedroom in every Halls of Residence has Internet access to all legal web services at speeds equivalent to local domestic broadband.

We have a number of computer rooms/areas which can access the University’s network across the campus. Wireless access and laptop power recharge points are also available. The computer rooms have long opening hours with some available 24 hours every day.

There are specialised computing facilities in the Main Arts and Deiniol Libraries for the sole use of disabled students or those with additional needs.

Students can connect to the Internet from Halls of Residence. Every bedroom in every hall has Internet access to all legal web services at speeds equivalent to local domestic broadband.

A laptop loan service for PC Notebook and MacBooks is available free for 1 and 3 week loan periods.

The University operates an Access Centre which can offer study needs assessments for students eligible through the Disabled Students Allowance scheme.

For more information about IT services click here


Bangor 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 activities available, as well as team sports such as rugby, hockey and football.

Situated on the main student residential site, Ffriddoedd, is the University Sports Centre, Maesglas. It has two main sports halls, three well-equipped gyms for cardiovascular exercise and weight training, a gymnastics hall, a multi-route climbing wall with ascents of varying difficulty and a bouldering section, plus four international-standard squash courts.

Out of doors we have grass pitches for football and rugby, all in sites of scenic beauty, a floodlit synthetic pitch for hockey games and training and two multi-purpose facilities for tennis, five aside football and netball. We also have shared use with Gwynedd Council of an athletics track.


There are a range of eating venues at Bangor University which are open to all. These are situated on the Ffriddoedd Site (Bar Uno), the Normal Site (Y Bistro), in the Main Arts Building (CaféTeras and Teras Restaurant) and in the Environment Centre Wales Building (Caffi Glas).

On-site cash point and University branch of Santander.

The construction of a new Arts & Innovation Centre is currently underway, which is set to become a new social hub for students as well as an internationally significant centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts. The building – which will open in 2014 – will be a world-class centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts. In addition to being a new home for our Students' Union, it will include a theatre, studio theatre, cinema, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar and café.

Medical Services

All students are required to register with a local General Practitioner and should do so as soon as possible in their first term in Bangor. Local practices and details of special student health services are given here. A student health nurse at the local GP practice offers a health information and advice service.

Welfare Services

At Bangor, we place a high priority on caring for and supporting our students and from the moment you arrive, you’ll be given as much help and support as possible with health and welfare matters as well as your academic work.

Bangor has one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes of any university, with second and third year students involved in a mentoring scheme to help new students settle in during their first weeks here.

Have a look at our Peer Guiding video.

Student Support Services offers:
• A confidential counselling service
• An adviser for international students
• Study mentors
• A mental health adviser

Student Union

Much of your social life at University will revolve around the Students’ Union, which provides services, support, activities and entertainment for students. To get the most out of your time at University, the Students’ Union, encourages you to get involved in the wide range of activities offered, as it’s an ideal way to meet new people and try new things.

You can pursue existing or new interests through the range of clubs and societies on offer, and at Bangor University, student membership of the Students’ Union clubs and societies is free of charge. There are nearly 150 clubs and societies in total, varying from societies such as film, photography and drama to sport clubs such as canoeing, football and surfing. You can try your hand at absolutely any of the clubs and societies during Welcome Week. You can also get involved with the student newspaper or Storm FM, the student radio station. You can even get involved in the running of the Union, and become involved with deciding how student life in Bangor works.

Have a look at our Clubs and Societies video.

Careers Service

Our Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.

The JobZone can help you to find local part-time work during term time and vacation work.

The highly regarded GO Wales Work Placement Programme is a paid work experience scheme that offers you the chance to work with employers during term-time and the vacations, carrying out high-level projects.

For students interested in volunteering whilst at university we can help you arrange voluntary experience through the GO Wales Work Taster Programme, Student Mentoring and the Peer Guiding Scheme.

The Bangor Employability Award offers accreditation for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, learning a new language etc.)

Financial Aid

For information on Hardship Funds and Benefits, please visit the web pages of Student Support Services.

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Main Halls/accommodation for 1st years

Bangor was ranked within the top 10 in the UK for the quality of our accommodation in a recent national student experience survey (Times Higher Education) and the What Uni Student Choice Awards also placed our halls within the Top 10 university accommodation in the UK.

All the residential sites in Bangor are within walking distance of the city centre and main university departments – our halls are so convenient you won’t have to spend your money on bus fares or petrol to travel to and from halls. We have over 2,175 rooms available, with a £35M development project on the main accommodation site having resulted in the opening of many new halls and an increase in the number of en-suite rooms.

Bangor University accommodation


All first year, single undergraduates who apply within the given time frame are guaranteed a place in a hall of residence.


Bangor has been described as “one of the cheapest places in Britain” to be a student (The A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges) and is consistently ranked as one of the most economical places to study in the UK in various cost-of-living surveys.

Hall costs include all bills for internet, heating, electricity and hot water! Hall fees are calculated for the full academic session but, as a guide, the 2012-13 fees equated to these approximate weekly figures: shared facilities: from £71.00; en-suite facilities: from £99.00


Our accommodation sites are situated throughout the city so you are never far from shops, pubs and cafes of all types.

Internet Access
All single study bedrooms have internet access, but you need to bring your own PC!

Accommodation for Welsh speakers and learners
One residence offers the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a Welsh language environment.

Accommodation for those with special needs
When you apply you should indicate any special needs that might affect the accommodation you require. Our Disability Adviser will then assess your case and advise the Halls Office about your accommodation. We have a number of accessible rooms available.

Wardens and Security
The Halls have Senior Wardens and a large team of Wardens. The Wardens are responsible for communal life, student welfare and discipline. They assist with all pastoral care and help foster a friendly community spirit in the Halls. In addition, although Bangor is a relatively safe place to live with a low crime rate, there are Security Staff on call 24 hours a day.

Recognised off campus accommodation

The Student Housing Office deals with private rented accommodation for students. You can search our database for your ideal property to rent and also download, or collect from the office, a Student Guide to Private Accommodation, which is designed to help you when looking for your first house in the private rented sector, pointing out the things to look out for and your rights as a tenant.

Tel: 01248 382032 or 382034

Bangor University Videos


Welcome Week for International Students


Introduction to Bangor and the Area

Bangor Open Day

Bangor University Photos

Bangor - Outside the Main Arts Building

Bangor - Outside the Main Arts Building

It’s easy to travel around - on foot or on a bike

Relaxing outside the main accommodation site

Bangor – set in a scenic location

Feel great, outdoors!

You're never far from a beach!

The Shankland Reading Room in the Main Library

Inside the Mains Arts Building

A typical kitchen in Halls of Residence

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