Welcome to Bangor University
Perched on Wales' north coast, Bangor University offers a unique and scenic university experience. Most of the campus is based mere yards from the coastline, and the breath-taking Snowdonia National Park is less than five miles away.
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence, which continues to this day. This is supported by recent major endorsements of both the quality of teaching and the research carried out there. The 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) results placed Bangor University top in Wales for academic support and in the top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction. The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey placed Bangor University within the top 15 universities in the UK for student experience.
Bangor University’s world-leading research was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the national assessment of research quality. Following the REF results, Bangor University is ranked amongst the Top 40 in the UK** for research quality, with the research carried out in over half of academic Schools rated in the top 20 in the UK.
On-going investment in facilities and support services means you'll have one of the most modern experiences if you choose to attend this university. A new arts and innovation Centre, new halls of residence, and improved sports facilities are amongst recent developments.
* excluding specialist institutions
** excluding specialist institutions & single-submission universities
Courses and fees
There are both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer, covering qualifications such as bachelors, masters, and research degrees. Part time study is available for some courses, as is distance learning and undergraduate courses usually ask for between 240 and 360 UCAS points for entry.
There are five colleges at Bangor University: the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences; the College of Natural Sciences; the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences; and the College of Physical and Applied Sciences.
Courses on offer include those in Media, English, Music, Welsh, Business, Law, Education, Biology, Zoology, Ocean Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Chemistry, Engineering and Computer Science.
New undergraduate courses for 2016 include: Master of Forestry; Master of Geography; Oceanography and Computing; Zoology with Evolution; Zoology with Climate Change Studies.
For a full breakdown of the Schools at the university, visit Bangor University's website.
Bangor University has partner institutions across Europe, North America and the Far East where you can study for a term or even a year. Your work will contribute towards your degree, so you won't have to spend more time completing your degree.
The university also has an International Experience Programme where you can study abroad for one extra year, free of charge. At the end of your time abroad you'll get "with International Experience" officially added to your degree title.
Most exchanges within Europe take place with the support of the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Erasmus programme, and the university has agreements with 100 universities in 20 countries. A grant is given to eligible students to help with travel and living costs.
Tuition fees are set at £9,000 for undergraduate students from the UK and EU. International students will pay between £10,300 and £12,500 depending on the subject studied. Postgraduate courses start at £3,900, but check the website as they vary wildly from course to course.
Bangor University offers a top student experience and has been rated within the top 20 for student experience in the UK by the THE Student Experience Survey, 2014.
The low cost of living, and the stunning location are all reasons why students enjoy studying here, and an on-going investment in facilities and support services further enhances the student experience.
An exciting new arts and innovation Centre, new halls of residence, and improved sports facilities are amongst recent developments. Other useful facilities include a £1.5million MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum and a £3.5million ocean research ship.
In addition to this, students can benefit from free evening language classes, one of the largest peer support schemes in the UK, and and employability award scheme.
Bangor is a bustling town with its own train station and Wales' longest high street. The university itself is based on picturesque grounds perched on the coastline and the national park of Snowdonia is just a few miles away: great for nature lovers. Nightlife is very much campus-orientated with the student union building being the venue of choice.
Close by are historical towns such as Beaumaris, Conwy and Caernarfon (all with their own castles) and scenic villages like Llanberis, Beddgelert and Betws y Coed. The beaches on the nearby island of Anglesey are also popular spots for sunbathing and swimming.
Library and study facilities
The university has four libraries, two of which are open 24/7. There are specialist sections for science, psychology, healthcare and education, including a dedicated healthcare Sciences Library based in Wrexham. Along with thousands of printed books, there's also a large selection of electronic resources.
The Study Skills Centre also 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.
There are a number of social and learning spaces on site with smartboards, fixed computing equipment, Wi-Fi access and mobile LCD screens for collaborative learning activities, as well as a student lounge complete with internet access.
All halls of residence are equipped with internet access and there is wifi available throughout campus. A number of computer rooms are available, some open 24/7, plus a laptop loan service is on offer if you need to work on the go.
There are also specialised computing facilities for the sole use of disabled students or those with additional needs, plus an Access Centre offers a special place of study for students eligible through the Disabled Students Allowance scheme.
The Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions, and offers plenty of opportunities to add to your CV. They provide advice and information on a wide range of term-time and vacation-based work experience opportunities, and deliver a programme of work placements.
The Careers and Employability Service can also help you arrange voluntary experience and opportunities with the Students’ Union’s Clubs and Societies. The University also hosts recruitment days for local organisations and advertise national and international volunteering and part-time job opportunities in the university-run JobZone.
The Bangor Employability Award offers accreditation for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities like volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, and learning a new language.”
A range of eating venues are available at Bangor University including a bistro, restaurant and bar. There's also a cash machine on site.
The Students' Union is at the heart of the university, organising activities events and clubs and societies to keep you occupied when you're not studying. There's nearly 150 clubs available to join, and you can also get involved with running the union through their elections.
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'll be spoilt for choice at the University Sports Centre which has two main sports halls, three gyms, a climbing wall, and four international standard squash courts. The centre also has grass pitches, a floodlit synthetic pitch and two multipurpose tennis facilities.
Outdoors, there are grass pitches for football and rugby, a floodlit synthetic pitch for hockey games and two multi-purpose facilities for tennis, five aside football and netball. The university also has shared use with Gwynedd Council of an athletics track.
Medical and welfare services
Students will need to register with their own GP, though there is a nurse on hand to help you with minor health problems and queries. Bangor University also has one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes of any university in the country giving you support from another student to help you get settled in to your first year.
In addition to this, the university offers a confidential counselling service, an adviser for international students, study mentors and also has a mental health adviser on hand.
Bangor University has a Money Support Unit which gives information, advice and guidance on course funding, hardship funds, budgeting and more. There are also a number of bursaries and scholarships on offer including a merit scholarship worth up to £3,000 and a Bangor bursary of up to £4,500 for those coming from low-income families.
Bangor University has around 2,300 places spread across over 20 halls for students. All ‘student villages’ are located within walking distance of the city centre and the main campus facilities meaning that you won't have far to go to get to everything you need. All first year students are guaranteed a place in halls as long as they apply within the given time frame. There are also halls designated to those who speak Welsh or who are Welsh learners.
Rent starts at £79 per week for shared facilities, £108 for en suite rooms and studios from £154. For a full list of accommodation, visit the website.
There are more than a dozen halls located on the main campus, the majority of which were built in 2009. All rooms on offer are self-catered and have en suite bathrooms and arranged in groups of cluster flats. These halls are ideal if you want to be close to your classes and the older halls on site are ideal if you're on a budget.
St Mary’s village
St Mary’s is ideally located for Bangor city centre and the range of shops on the High Street. This is a brand new student village of 600 rooms which opened in 2015, with the range of accommodation including en suite studio apartments and townhouses. There is a café bar, shop, laundrette, common rooms and sports and fitness facilities on site.
Bangor University holds a number of Open Days which gives you the opportunity to take a look at what the university has to offer you. Discover more about the courses on offer and chat with course leaders to find out whether it's the right place for you. Take in the scenery and tour the accommodation to see whether you'll feel at home. Or see what facilities are on offer and judge for yourself whether everything is up to scratch.
All academic Schools will be open to you and there will be advice on topics such as graduate careers, student finance, scholarships and bursaries, student welfare services, and the UCAS system. There will also be specific information for mature students and parents.
A programme detailing the day’s contents will be available beforehand and it's essential that you register before you attend the Open Day. You can do this by completing the online registration form on the website.
Book your place on one of the Open Days held during 2015:
The university year is divided into two semesters, the 2014/15 dates are as follows:
- Semester 1: 15 September - 18 December 2015
- Semester 2: 11 January - 27 May 2015 (with a vacation from 28 March - 15 April)
Living here"Bangor is known for research excellence, and has many international connections – if you love the subject, and want the opportunity to meet professionals in whatever field you’re interested in, then apply! And as far as ‘outdoorsy’ universities go, Bangor is about as good as you can get for location – it’s just a great place to be." George Yates From East Yorkshire, studying Zoology
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