Why study with us?

Why study at the School of History and Archaeology?

  • History has been taught at Bangor since the foundation of the University in 1884. We are thus a long-established and respected School.
  • We have internationally recognized expertise in aspects of modern and contemporary history as well as in aspects of medieval, early modern and Welsh history, archaeology and heritage
  • If you have a particular interest in Welsh History we are the natural place to study. We have more expertise than any other centre, and a stronger commitment to the development of ambitious research and to the knowledge and skills which this requires. We have unique concentrations of academic strength in the medieval and contemporary periods, but our expertise crosses all periods.
  • We have superb manuscript and printed resources for studying the Welsh past in particular, but we also have unique collections of modern political material and oral history to support our research strengths.
  • With a unique concentration of staff in Celtic Archaeology, and an abundance of Celtic and medieval sites, including the World Heritage sites of Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy castles, we are the natural place to study Celtic Archaeology.
  • In the 2013 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) our School scored 100% satisfaction rates in a wide range of questions (including overall quality of teaching and learning, teaching and learning methods, support received from staff, staff enthusiasm, staff ability to make the subject interesting, staff ability to explain things, quality of feedback, fairness of assessment arrangements and marking, quality of supervision, skills of supervisors, organisation of the programme, IT resources, development of research skills, and development of transferable skills).
  • In the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) our School scored 100% satisfaction rates for skills and subject knowledge of supervisors, feedback from supervisors, regular contact with supervisors and supervisors’ help to identify research students’ training and development needs.
  • We are very good at helping well-qualified students apply for state funding. We help students who are self-funding in concrete and practical ways.
  • The School has a proven record of agenda-setting research achievement through the regular publication of books and articles and by editing journals and organizing conferences in their specialist areas.
  • We have an excellent submission and pass rate with MA and PhD theses. We take supervision very seriously and do MA teaching in small and committed groups.
  • You will be joining a vibrant department where the local meets the global: The school fully engages with local communities and fosters bilingualism. Its staff originate from Wales, other parts of the UK, Central Europe and North America and in recent years we have attracted postgraduate students from all over the world.
  • Bangor University has a long-standing reputation for excellent teaching and student support.
  • We at Bangor 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.

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.

Student Satisfaction

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 2018 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.

Academic Development

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.

Support Services

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.

Spectacular Setting

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.

Conveniently located

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.