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About Us

Our School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics provides a fantastic learning and research environment in which to immerse yourself in the many aspects of studying languages, literatures and linguistics.

Here you will find teaching and research expertise in languages and cultures, the analysis of how languages work, as well as literary study and creative writing. Within the School, you can choose to study in the following areas:

  • English Literature & Creative Writing
  • English Language Studies, including TEFL
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages & Culture

English Literature & Creative Writing

We have a long tradition of academic excellence in English Literature and Creative Writing - in fact English Literature has been on the curriculum since 1884. From these well-established roots, we have grown and thrived. The world-class quality of our research and writing was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which placed us in the UK Top 10 for research intensity.

At undergraduate and postgraduate level, we offer a broad and flexible range of module choices in English Literature and Creative Writing.

Our students benefit from small seminar groups, one-to-one tutorials, workshops and lectures. With award-winning pastoral care, one-to-one support and individualised feedback, we get to know our students as individuals and enable them to pursue their own creative interests. 

The degree programmes we offer give our graduates highly-transferable skills in critical analysis, creative problem solving, presentation and argument that are much valued by all kinds of employers. 80% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of finishing the course (source: DLHE 2016-17).

Modern Languages and Cultures

The teaching of Modern Languages has figured in the university curriculum at Bangor ever since 1884. Naturally much has changed since then, but our work is based on this solid and continuous tradition, and we aim to prepare our students thoroughly for the multilingual environment of the contemporary world.

We offer one of the UK’s broadest and most flexible ranges of degree courses in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. We also offer many combinations with other subjects, and modules in Dutch and Galician. In addition, we provide modules which allow students across the university the opportunity to develop their language skills throughout their time at Bangor via free FLA (Foreign Language Assistant) classes and our Languages for All programme.


Linguistics and the English Language

Linguistics has been taught at Bangor University since the 1960s, making us one of the first departments dedicated to the study of Linguistics in the UK. Today, we are a vibrant and friendly department with staff who get to know their students as individuals and remain committed to high-quality teaching and have a strong research ethos.

Academic staff provide expertise in wide range of disciplines within Linguistics and the English Language, including: psycholinguistics, language acquisition, bilingualism, cognitive linguistics and TEFL. Our staff are experienced in foundation teaching in introductory linguistics as well as providing more specialised support and teaching. We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

We are passionate about teaching and ensuring our students gain excellent skills in critical reading and research (including dedicated language facilities available to all students who study with us).  The School has an excellent record of research excellence in a wide range of areas. Academic staff in the School pursue research in two main areas: Bilingualism and Cognitive Linguistics. The world-class quality of research carried out in the School has been confirmed by the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework), the most recent national assessment of research quality.