Research Project Opportunities
Some of our academic schools at Bangor offer you the opportunity to develop a research project proposal as an initial and integral part of a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD degree. These opportunities are in defined areas of research expertise and with specific members of academic staff. The opportunities which are currently available are outlined on these pages.
International Research with Impact
Research at Bangor University has a strong track record of delivering impact. Impact can be seen as economic, societal and cultural benefits. Impact not only adds value to the research portfolio, but also enriches the intellectual and personal development of our staff and students. The effects of impact are wide-ranging: staff at Bangor have had the opportunity to experience first-hand how plant breeding affects the lives of impoverished farmers in Northern India and East Africa; to work closely with a specialist university in China to develop state-of-the art broadband technology; and to develop culturally-sensitive methodologies for dealing with violence in mental health in India.
These engagements not only support the research of our staff, but also deepen their understanding of economic and societal issues overseas, and how their research can lead to benefits; whether they be environmental (understanding the importance of biodiversity), policy-based (impact upon Government), and economic (product performance and value).
Bangor University International Research Collaborations
Figure 1: Showing countries within which we are collaborating on research
Countries with which we have collaborations are listed below:
- Cayman Islands
- Chagos Islands
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
Providing unique opportunities...
International research collaborations also provide unique opportunities for our students: for those coming to study in the UK: to experience study and life in a new country, and for home students travelling overseas: exposure to a different culture, life skills and improving their proficiency in a second language. This indirect impact is contributing to graduates entering the workplace who are fluent in the importance of internationalization, trained to become global citizens and are aware of how far-reaching the outcomes of research can be.
Be part of our whole...
At Bangor, postgraduate students make a huge contribution to University life; whether they are part of our Peer Guide scheme, gaining valuable experience through the Bangor Employability Award, or contributing to academic success as the author of a paper or inventor of new Intellectual Property.
Internationalization is something that we actively encourage in Bangor, and pride ourselves on our achievements. Our research networks extend across the globe, and we continue to build on our portfolio of relationships, exploring opportunities and engaging with new partners.
We are particularly proud of the successful impact of our international research activities and we look forward to you joining us.
Research expertise and project opportunities within our academic schools
Our research project opportunities are listed by the academic school offering them. Please choose from one of the academic schools listed below.
Project opportunities are listed by school and are based on academic staff research interests.
- Bangor Business School
- School of Biological Sciences
- School of Chemistry
- School of Computer Sciences
- School of Electronic Engineering Sciences
- School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
- School of Ocean Sciences
- School of Psychology
- Schools of Healthcare Sciences and Medical Sciences
- Schools of Social Sciences
- School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
The same project areas are also listed by research programme on our Postgraduate Research programme pages.
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
Ask the IEC for assistance...
If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees & Scholarships
Please take a look at our Fees & Scholarships pages for details.
How to apply
Step 1 – Select your research topic
You have three options with regards the selection of your research topic;
Prepare your Research Proposal, based on the research expertise at the School.
Select a research project from the Directory for PhD opportunities (Also available as a PDF document). Enter the name of the project and the name of the supervisor on the application form. The ‘Research Project’ route is delivered in two parts:
- Part 1: A Combined English / Study Skills and Research Proposal course. This is when you will write a research proposal based on the selected research project. Duration is up to 1 year, dependent on the English language level.
- Part 2: The PhD programme.
Occasionally, the University advertises PhD Studentships. Studentships are funded / sponsored PhD placements which cover tuition fees and sometimes living costs, usually for a period of 3 years. They are offered for specific research projects. Studentships are advertised on the University website and Academic Schools’ websites and there is normally a deadline for submitting applications. The terms and conditions of Studentships vary and may become available at different times of the year.
If you are applying for a Studentship, enter the name of the studentship on the application form
Step 2 – Prepare your documentation
You will need to gather the following documentation to present with your application:
- Bachelor degree certificate and transcript
- Masters degree certificate and transcript (if undertaken)
- English language test certificate (if undertaken)
- Academic reference / support letter
- Confirmation of funding / sponsorship (if applicable)
- Research Proposal (if you are NOT selecting a project from the Directory of PhD opportunities or applying for a Studentship). Click here for guidance about how to write a good research proposal.
Step 3 – Apply Online
International students have two options when applying;Apply online
Option 1 – Apply online yourself
- Apply online yourself through our Online Application Portal. Refer to the Guidance Notes for help in filling the form OR
Option 2 – Apply online with the help of a recruitment agent
- If you would like help in completing and managing your application you may seek help from one of our authorised representatives or agents. To see a list of our representatives for your country please visit the Country pages.
Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.
Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree
As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/MPhil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.
All PhD/MPhil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/MPhil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.
Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/MPhil research proposal.
At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/MPhil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.
Your research proposal
A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:
- Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
- Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
- Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
- Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.
When do I Apply?
You can apply at any time of the year.
It is possible to start a PhD degree at any point in the year at most academic Schools, subject to agreement with the supervisor.
We advise that you submit your application in enough time to:
- organise funding
- undertake an English course
- obtain documents such as transcripts and references required for meeting the conditions of the offer
- apply for a visa
- make accommodation arrangements
Admission related queries
If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email email@example.com
Funding your research studies
Please note the research project opportunities detailed here are NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study. International self-funded candidates will however be considered for an international scholarship.
|What’s on offer||Value||Eligible Countries|
|Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF)||£2,000 - £5,000||Canada|
|Country Scholarship||Up to £12,000||Bangladesh; Cameroon; Colombia; Egypt; Ghana; Nigeria; Pakistan; Thailand; Turkey; Vietnam|
|Full fee waiver & monthly stipend||Peru|
|Bangor International Scholarships||Up to £4,000||All countries|
|Alumni/Existing Students/Family Discount||£1,000 in addition to the Bangor International Scholarship||All countries|
|China Scholarship Council||Full tuition fee waiver||China|
|Commonwealth PhD Scholarships||Full tuition fee waiver, monthly stipend, return airfare, thesis grant, study travel grant, provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country or family allowances||Anguilla; Australia; Bahama;s Barbados; Bermuda; British Virgin Islands; Brunei Darussalam; Canada ;Cayman Islands; Cyprus; Falkland Islands; Gibraltar; Malta; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands|
Other Sources of Funding
There are many government and non-government organisations that provide scholarship schemes enabling international students to source funding to study at a UK university. Students should contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in their country, as they should have details of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to study overseas. They will also be able to advise the government’s conditions for studying abroad. Students should also contact the British Council office in the country of origin, which should have details of British scholarship schemes. If there is no British Council office in the country, then the nearest British Embassy or High Commission should be contacted.
Please see below for other scholarship and funding options in your country
|What’s on Offer||Eligible Countries|
|King Abdullah Scholarship Scheme||Saudi Arabia|
|Commonwealth Scholarships||Commonwealth Countries|
|The British Council Searchable Database||Various Countries|
|The North America Wales Foundation||USA|
|Optimist Club Scholarships||USA|