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Bangor University

UCAS Code: B06

Location: Bangor, north Wales Show on Map

Site: Main site in city centre.

A top research-intensive institution.

Student Population

Total Students:23,545
FE Students:52%


Total undergraduates:8,435
Full Time:87%
Mature on Entry:20%
UK Students:89%
State school entry:94%

Teaching Staff

630 full- and part-time

Broad study areas

Arts, media, languages, business & management, social sciences, law, chemistry, computer science, engineering, education, agriculture & forestry, biological & ocean sciences, environmental sciences, health, psychology, sports science, Welsh-medium studies.


Admission Information:Normally 3 A-levels or equivalent (minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent); many other qualifications accepted. Some courses have subject-specific requirements.
Points on Entry (Mean):283
Drop Out Rate:8%
Accommodation:All first year undergraduates housed (subject to conditions).


Structural features:Academic schools organised into 6 colleges.
Site:Site in city centre, between Snowdonia and the sea.
How to get there:1½ hrs travelling distance from M56, which links with M6. A55 is coastal expressway and A5 the scenic route through north Wales. Regular fast trains from London (3 hours, 20 mins), Birmingham and Manchester.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student services centre offers free and confidential counselling; mental health adviser; staff volunteers (deal with crises outside normal hours); daily health care surgeries; adviser for international students; money support; private-sector housing service; chaplaincy team. Support for disabled students including dyslexia unit and study needs assessments. Students’ union has separate advice centre and a Nightline service.
Amenities:Concert halls, museum; range of eating venues.
Sporting facilities:University sports centre (2 sports halls, cardiovascular and weights rooms, 2 gymnasiums, climbing wall, squash courts, multi-purpose facilities for tennis, five-a-side football and netball); athletics track; grass pitches for football and rugby; floodlit synthetic pitch for hockey. Unparalleled opportunities for outdoor activities in Snowdonia.
Accommodation:All first-year students guaranteed a place in halls (provided they apply by the deadline). 2200 self-catering places available, all within walking distance of the city centre and main university departments; all rooms have internet connection, most are ensuite, rents from £65 per week (sharing) to £95 pw (ensuite); most contracts for 40 weeks but some 35, 38 or 51 weeks. Privately-rented accommodation approximately £65-£75 pw (plus bills).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:8 libraries with over 798,000 printed items, 9000 journals (most online), databases, DVDs, over 3000 CDs, 20,000 musical scores, microform material, PCs and wireless network. Special collection of literary and historical manuscripts. Library tour for all new students. Information provision, £166 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service. 1000+ computers for student use across campus (200 available 24 hours/day); laptop loan service; internet access from all rooms in halls.
Other learning resources:Ocean-going research vessel, centre for hill and upland management, botanic garden, natural history museum, multimedia language centre; computer-assisted learning unit, audiovisual services, media centre (TV and radio), computerised graphics suite.
Study abroad:Some 80 students annually go on exchanges; over 100 partners in 20+ countries in Europe, North America and Far East.
Careers:Careers service offers information and advice on graduate opportunities; also helps students get work experience and part-time jobs.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £600 per month (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Information on part-time work from dedicated student employment service; also paid work experience opportunities.
Financial help:Bursaries of £1500 or £750 pa for students whose family income is up to £40k pa; additional £1000 in Year 1 for care leavers. A variety of scholarships in particular subjects (£500 pa to £5000 in Year 1) and sports scholarships of £2000. Also university hardship fund for cases of unexpected hardship.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £9800 pa (classroom-based courses), £11,000 (business courses), £11,900 pa (lab-based).


Academic features:

Number of courses are taught through the medium of Welsh.

Awarding body:

Bangor University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BM, BMus, BN, BSc, BEng, LLB, MChem, MEng, MEnvSci, MMSci, MMBiol, MOcean, MZool.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (languages, undergraduate Masters).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Agriculture
  • Archaeology
  • Banking
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Drama
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • English
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Internet Technology
  • Italian
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Radiography
  • Social Administration
  • Social Policy
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Studies
  • Welsh Language
  • Welsh Studies
  • Zoology

Student view

Carolan Goggin, Deputy President 2007/08 (Music)


What’s it like as a place to live?  Cosy, very much a student town. Over a third of the population are students and you’ll meet someone you know everywhere you go.

How’s the student accommodation?   A huge redevelopment of uni halls opened in September ‘08 – very plush, hardly any older halls left.  Neuadd Willis is a large private hall in the town: a combination of it and the new Uni halls has forced the rest of the private sector to up their game.

What’s the student population like?  Very friendly, laid back, lots of outdoorsy types. About 1 in 10 students are international and 1 in 5 are Welsh.

How do students and locals get on?   As in any student-dominated town, there is some friction, mostly stirred up by the local papers, but the SU’s volunteering department works closely with the local community and the SU is a strong proponent  of the Welsh language which also strengthens ties with the community.


What’s it like as a place to study?  Flexible courses, module-based teaching so plenty of options. Especially strong departments are Music, Psychology and Ocean Sciences.

What are the teaching staff like?  Good personal tutor system. Some focus on research, others more on student contact.


What are student societies like?  Wide range of extra-curricular activities with 35 societies and 45 sports clubs, two newspapers and a radio station.  From ghost hunting to politics to drama from rugby to climbing to underwater hockey, there really is something for everyone.

What’s a typical night out?   Visit a couple of pubs (probably including The Yellow Pub), end up in one of the SU nightclubs.

And how much does it cost?   £20

How can you get home safely?   Very low crime rate. Most people walk with a couple of friends or maybe get a taxi. During freshers’ week the SU takes freshers back to their halls in minibuses.


Is it an expensive place to live?   Fourth cheapest place to study in the UK. Everyone’s still broke though – we’re students!

Average price of a pint?  £2

And the price of a takeaway? £3

What’s the part-time work situation? Jobs available in supermarkets and bars, usually minimum wage. Uni has a job centre to help you find work.


What’s the best feature about the place?  Friendly atmosphere, everyone takes care of each other.

And the worst?  Doesn’t have the bustle or options of a big city.

And to sum it all up?  Friendly, petite, down-to-earth city WLTM laid-back students, GSOH, likes long walks and living by the sea.

Past Students

Dr Robert Edwards (pioneer of test-tube babies), Roger Whittaker (singer, songwriter), Dr David Rees (Director of National Inst for Medical Research), Ann Clwyd MP, Robert Einion Holland (Chief General Manager, Pearl Assurance), Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas (Chairman, Welsh Language Board), John Sessions (poet and impressionist), Frances Barber (actress), Danny Boyle (director).

More info?

Enquiries to SU President on 01248 388001, email president@undeb.bangor.ac.uk. Handbooks and guides available from SU or on its website, www.undeb.bangor.ac.uk.



Bangor University
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