University profile

Bangor University

2016/17 edition

About Bangor University

Bangor University

Academic and research excellence

Established in 1884, Bangor University combines traditional academic excellence with cutting-edge research and equipment, and ranks in the top 40 in the UK for research*.

Bangor University's research has a major impact around the world according to the latest assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 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. Over half of Bangor’s academic Schools have been ranked in the UK top 20 for quality of research.

Top-rated student satisfaction

Bangor University is top in Wales in the most recent measure of student satisfaction, and is in the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities, the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects. A survey by YouthSight has also placed Bangor University among the top 10 universities for the favourable first impressions gained by new students.

Internationally recognised

Bangor’s postgraduate community comprises over 2000 students from all over the world, who have chosen to study at Bangor based on its international reputation, its huge variety of subject expertise and the attraction of studying within a research-led university supervised by leading academics in their field.

Continued investment in postgraduate study

The University believes strongly in investment in postgraduate study, reflected by the breadth and scope of our research facilities and new student focused centres, in particular a new Graduate Centre for the exclusive use of postgraduate students. A £40m Arts and Innovation Centre will provide cutting-edge teaching and learning spaces, accompanied by exciting new social facilities.

Bangor also out-performed the UK higher education sector average in seven out of the nine quantifiable themes in the 2012/13 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) .

High standard of living

Living in Bangor enables students to combine a high-quality educational experience with a wonderful living environment. Bangor is regarded to be amongst the UK’s best university locations, situated in North Wales between the mountains of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea and offering some of the finest beaches and most dramatic scenery in the country, as well as an abundance of historical sites of national importance.

Low cost

Bangor is recognised as being one of the least expensive places to be a student in the UK. Accommodation costs are typically between £50 and £100 per week, and the compact nature of the city means that transport costs are also minimal.


Bangor is well-connected to the UK’s transport network, lying within 90 minutes of Liverpool and Manchester, 2.5h from Birmingham and 3h from London by direct train. Connections with Ireland are easy too – Bangor is only 25 minutes from Holyhead Ferry Port – and there are daily commercial flights between Anglesey Airport (20 mins from Bangor) and Cardiff

One thing I love about Bangor is that the current research is always brought straight into teaching, so what you are being taught is really up to date.”

Emma Dixon MSc Consumer Psychology with Business

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Contact details

441248 382005
Student Recruitment Unit
Bangor University
College Road
LL57 2DG