Why study with us?
Why study with the School of Ocean Sciences?
- The School of Ocean Sciences is one of the largest university centres teaching Marine Sciences in Britain and is among the biggest in Europe
- We are situated within a few metres of the sea, ideal for developing your skills in collecting data in estuaries, on the sea shore and at sea
- We have a £3.5m ocean-going research ship called Prince Madog
- The School was rated 'excellent' in the most recent UK-wide assessment of teaching quality and we gained 4 out of 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise
- Our excellent facilities include tropical marine, temperature marine and freshwater aquaria, an algal culture unit and specialised nutrition and microbiological laboratories.
- Bangor's location makes it an ideal place to study terrestrial and aquatic habitats, with easy access to both the mountains and the sea for field trips
- Seabird, seal and dolphin populations are resident and accessible for field study
- The teaching laboratories in the School of Ocean Sciences are a few metres from the sea, enabling you to collect marine animals and study them in the laboratory in the same practical period
- We have an innovative approach to teaching – including plenty of 'hands on' practical work.
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.
Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction* (National Student Survey, July 2019) (UK non-specialist Universities)
Bangor University has won the award for best Clubs and Societies at the 2019 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
The University was also placed fourth overall in the University of the Year category, as well as being in second place in the 'Courses and Lecturers' and fifth for '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 2019).
Range of Expertise
The University is made up of three Colleges housing thirteen 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 the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019)
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.