About CNS

Bangor is the ideal location for the study of natural sciences, set between the mountains and forests of Snowdonia National Park and Gwynedd's dramatic coastline, which provides a magnificent range of "outdoor classroom" opportunities and a 'living laboratory' for much of our research.

Providing unique opportunities for study

Not only is the location of the College of Natural Sciences a very beautiful place to live, it also provides unique opportunities for study in the disciplines we cover, particularly the natural environment, conservation, biology, geography and marine sciences.

The College is comprised of the following three Schools: the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography and the School of Ocean Sciences; and the BioComposites Centre.

A world-class reputation for research

More than 80% of research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) by Bangor University’s College of Natural Sciences has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.  This places the College in the top 20 amongst UK universities in each of three subject areas: Environmental Science, Agriculture and Health.  Research strength is growing rapidly in the College with its quality rating increasing by 20% since the 2008 assessment, the 5th highest increase of any UK university in Environmental Science.  Through its strategic alliance with Aberystwyth University, the College is now in 4th place in UK in “research power” (the quantity of high-quality research) in Agriculture and 14th in Environmental Science.

Excellent facilities

There are excellent facilities at Bangor, including large, modern, well equipped teaching and research laboratories; a £3.5 million seagoing research vessel and three smaller inshore vessels; a Botanic Garden; a Natural History Museum with extensive invertebrate and vertebrate collections; a Research Farm; extensive marine and freshwater aquaria. Seabird, seal and dolphin populations are resident locally and accessible for field study.

Our courses

The College of Natural Sciences is one of the leading centres in the UK for teaching in biology, environmental sciences, geography, and ocean sciences. We aim to educate and train a new generation of scientists aware of societal needs in a world-class research-led environment.

Many of our courses are accredited by the relevant professional bodies, such as:

Our graduates are much sought after and often go on to careers in conservation bodies, environmental consultancies, environmental charities like the RSPB, national government departments like Defra, and overseas agencies. Our courses also provide a sound basis for undertaking further study and research.
Why not visit us on one of our University open days or contact us for details of department visits.

Interested in our courses?

Why not visit us on one of our University open days or contact us for details of department visits.