Bangor University

About Bangor University

Situated between the mountain and the sea, Bangor University is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Wales that adds a different dimension to student life. Founded in 1884, Bangor has the “Best UK University setting” according to ‘The Independent’.


The university is dedicated to academic excellence for more than 135 years and is one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK. At160+ buildings in14 academic departments with around 12,000 students and 650 teaching staff, Bangor offers more than 300 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate programmes across five colleges. Students are provided with a variety of options for work experience - either within the degree, through University internships or by volunteering. Some degrees are run in partnership with the industry such as Teacher Training, Nursing and Social Work. To help develop students' careers, many of the degrees are accredited by professional bodies of global repute, such as IBMS, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, BCS, BPS, IET, ICF, SRA, and NMC.

Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience. The university is ranked top in Wales and one of the best in the UK.

Bangor’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 75% 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 while the university ranked in the top 40 in the UK for overall research quality.

Bangor is a participant university of Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa sponsorship scheme. The university has been granted the maximum allocation (20 endorsements) for supporting this category of visa. The university has close links with business and the NHS in Wales through the Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board. The University is a major provider of training and education for the NHS and is also one of the main partners in the North Wales Clinical School.

Bangor’s location has been described as the best university setting in the UK. In 2016 North Wales was named as the 4th best region in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet due to its stunning location and “shiny new adventure sports facilities”.

Bangor University ranking, facts & figures

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Higher Education Provider (HEP). Student Sponsor - Track Record

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Bangor (Wales)

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Why choose to study in Bangor University

Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. The University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Bangor offers hundreds of courses across the arts, humanities and sciences. Bangor courses and lecturers were rated second in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.

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