Department profile

School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

Bangor University
2022/23 edition

About School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

Bangor University has a long and distinguished history of academic excellence. Within the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences you can choose to study within the following areas;

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • History, Archaeology and Heritage
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology

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 quality*.

*excluding specialist institutions and single-submission universities.

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.

Studying history

History is an engaging, challenging subject that offers the chance to understand and interpret human experience through the study of the past. We specialise in research-led teaching, where your lecturers will be experts in their field.
You will have the opportunity to study courses spanning prehistory to the present day, encompassing British, Welsh, European and American History and the Archaeology of Britain and Ireland. Our excellence in teaching is consistently reflected in our National Student Survey Scores, where we consistently achieve high scores.

The department has a proven record of research achievement, with the regular publication of books and articles by staff, several of whom have international reputations in their particular fields. These interests inform and shape our research-led teaching.

Studying philosophy and religion

Studying Philosophy and Religion at Bangor university offers you the opportunity to study some of the most important and challenging ideas that have shaped Eastern and Western cultures.

Here you can choose to study a variety of religious and philosophical traditions, encompassing both analytical and continental philosophy, and religions of Eastern and Western tradition. For those with an enquiring mind and seeking to cultivate new skills, Bangor may be the perfect place for you.

Studying social sciences

We are known for the thoroughness of our teaching and our care for students. We also have a reputation for research of national and international excellence and the products of this research are continually fed into our courses. Many publications and articles by staff have international reputation in particular fields.

All of our degree schemes offer a thorough training in the basic principles of social science, a wide choice of specialised subjects, training in the practice of social research and preparation for a wide variety of career opportunities.

January intake

Many of our Social Sciences Masters programmes offer a January intake as well as the traditional September start. View the courses available to start in January.

Our teaching is rated ‘outstanding’

Bangor University was amongst the first set of universities, and the only one in Wales, to be awarded a Gold Award in 2017, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This means our teaching is of the highest quality in the UK.

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

Contact details

+44 (0)1248 382085
School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
Bangor University
LL57 2DG
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