Why study with us?
The School of English
Students come from all over the world to make use of Bangor’s resources and benefit from tutoring from a team of leading scholars which includes award-winning poets and novelists.
The School of English boasts expertise in all periods of English Literature from medieval times to the present day and has one of the longest histories of teaching creative writing in the UK. Bangor has pioneered the creative-critical interface that has allowed our graduates to excel in writing and publishing work. This makes for a vibrant research community in which to undertake postgraduate study.
Bangor has some unique special collections, which include manuscripts dating from the twelfth century to the present day.
Material Texts and Culture
Studied across all periods of literature, with particular focus on the editing and interpretation of medieval manuscript books and early modern manuscript and print; the relationship between art and literature; Victorian letter-writing and communication; the work of R. S. Thomas and the modern screenplay.
The Literatures of Wales
Established strength in Welsh writing in English; pioneering new and comparative approaches to writing from Wales in Welsh and English; theories of national literature, culture and identity.
Critical approaches which look at texts from the different regions and nations of these islands, often comparatively, or which challenge the residual Anglocentrism of British literary studies.
Texts from non-British national literatures; critical approaches or comparative studies which consider texts from Britain alongside those from other parts of the world; theories of international literary space.
This area of expertise has been established at Bangor for more than 50 years; research and teaching focus on interdisciplinary approaches to the development of the Arthurian legends from the medieval period to the present day.
Translation, Adaptation, Experimentation
Creative and critical approaches to experimental writing; approaches to translation, adaptation and correspondence between genres and languages, with particular strengths in literature, film and the screenplay.
Creative writing staff at Bangor publish in the major forms of short fiction, the novel and poetry, their research spanning criticism and practice-based contributions to these areas.
The Graduate School of the College of Arts and Humanities allows our students to engage not only with research interests and expertise within the School of English, but also with the research activities of other schools within the college and participate in an active postgraduate community.
The Graduate School of the College of Arts and Humanities also provides additional support for student development and training.
Through our videolinked networks, students have the opportunity to engage with the research of other institutions.
- The Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) is a collaborative research institute between Bangor University and Aberystwyth University, liaising also with Cardiff University, Swansea University, and the University of Wales Trinity St David (Lampeter). The Institute focuses on research activities in the pre-1800 period, and hosts an international video-linked research seminar.
- The Centre for Contemporary Poetry (informally known as ‘Contempo’) is a collaborative, cross-institutional research centre founded in 2006, and run by Bangor, Aberystwyth and Brighton Universities. Through regular video-linked seminars and symposia Contempo aims to develop knowledge about contemporary poetic practices, about the interface between the word and the visual, and to examine differences in practice between experimental and traditional poetic forms.
- We are a leading centre for the study of Welsh literature and culture, the R. S. Thomas Study Centre housing the most comprehensive collection of manuscripts relating the R S Thomas in the world.
Other areas of particular strength are Arthurian studies (drawing on library resources, as well as excellence in teaching and research over the last fifty years), Milton, rhetoric, medieval and early modern women’s writing, medieval and early modern drama, Shakespeare, Romantic and Victorian print culture and visual culture and creative writing. Please visit the staff pages to find out more about individual areas of expertise.
Within the school, we organise a fortnightly research seminar series to which distinguished scholars are invited to speak and faculty members and postgraduate students regularly organise conferences in their research area. We also have two reading groups that meet on alternate weeks to explore either Welsh Writing in English or Four Nations British and Irish Literatures. We encourage our graduate students, whether they are pursuing one of our taught MA programmes or undertaking postgraduate research, to attend research seminars and participate fully in the research culture at Bangor.
Why choose Bangor University?
Academic and research excellence
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*.
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.
Bangor University is amongst the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities (National Student Survey 2017), the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects.
Bangor University has won the award for best Clubs and Societies at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
The University was also placed third overall in the University of the Year category, as well as being in third place in the 'Courses and Lecturers' and 'Giving Back' categories. The 'Giving Back' award was based on students views on how much their university gives back to the community, both globally and locally (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017).
Range of Expertise
The University is made up of five Colleges housing twenty-two academic Schools, as well as over fifty specialist research centres, enabling the provision of over 150 postgraduate courses spanning the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.
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.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be given as much help and support as possible with health and welfare matters as well as with your academic work. Our Student Support Services centre provides a one-stop-shop for advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling and local faith provision.
Your work-life balance can be key to the success of your postgraduate study. Situated between the mountains, lakes and forests of the Snowdonia National Park and miles of dramatic coastline, Bangor provides one of the most attractive study locations in the UK, and is a great base for all kinds of outdoor sports and activities.
Bangor is at the heart of the region’s transport network, with quick road and rail links taking you across to Liverpool and Manchester in just 90 minutes. Bangor’s location on the London to Holyhead main line means that the regular ferry service from Holyhead Port to Dublin is just 20 minutes away, while a direct train will take you to the centre of London in little over 3 hours.
*excluding specialist institutions and single-submission universities.