About the School

The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its teaching and for the pastoral care we provide for our students; supported by results from surveys of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Bangor University ranks amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions), based upon the 2017 National Student Survey; reflecting the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Research excellence

The School has a world-class reputation in research, with particular expertise in forest ecology and management; environmental studies and soil science; agricultural systems; agroforestry; biodiversity conservation; and tropical ecosystems. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment of UK universities more than 80% of our research was rated as being at least ‘internationally excellent’ with more than 25% being ‘world leading’. Our research mission is to provide a scientific basis for sustainable agriculture, forestry and conservation of natural resources.

A fantastic location to study the environment

Our location is the perfect environment to study geography, environment sciences, forestry and conservation. It is not only a beautiful place to live but was voted one of the best locations in the world to visit by Lonely Planet (2017). Within 15 miles of Bangor are 10 National Nature Reserves, 1 National Park, 2 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 4 heritage coasts, 9 local nature reserves and 83 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  We make extensive use of our location as field-based components are a significant feature of all our courses. Our 'Making Snowdonia fieldwork module' in Year 1 allows our students get to discover our fantastic local environment - a living laboratory on our doorstep!

Teaching and learning

Our staff are committed to delivering the highest quality teaching and creating supportive learning environments. They are enthusiastic about their teaching, and many of our staff are at the forefront of world-class research. The research they undertake is directly applicable to teaching our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, the Institution of Environmental Sciences and the Institute of Chartered Foresters, meaning you will not only be equipped with the skills, abilities and expertise from your studies but you will be part-way to becoming Chartered, something employers in the environmental sector are increasingly requiring.

The School organises many UK and overseas field courses, including trips to Tenerife, Spain and Ghana, which enhance your learning experience. There are many opportunities to undertake professional work placements in your sector and put classroom based teaching in a real-life context.  We offer a wide range of degree programmes, such as Geography; Geography with Environmental Forestry; Environmental Science; Forestry; Environmental Conservation; Conservation with Forestry and Applied Terrestrial & Marine Ecology. The modular structure of our degrees allows students to choose modules from many other disciplines, but there are particularly strong links with the School of Ocean Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences.

Postgraduate study and Research

Our taught Masters programmes include Agroforestry; Conservation and Land Management; Environmental Forestry; Environmental and Business Management; Environmental Management; Forestry and Environmental Degrees (TRANSFOR-M); Sustainable Environmental Management (Welsh Medium); Sustainable Tropical Forestry; and Sustainable Forestry and Nature Management. We currently offer a taught postgraduate distance-learning programme in Forestry; Tropical Forestry; and Food Security in the Changing Environment. These courses are primarily designed to allow you to undertake a Master of Science level course whilst working.  

Research degrees are offered in a wide range of environmental subjects; such as Agricultural Systems; Agroforestry; Biodiversity Conservation; Environmental and Soil Science; Forest Ecology and Management; Renewable Materials; and Tropical Ecosystems.

Many of our programmes are professionally accredited, including our forestry-related programmes which are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and our Environmental programmes, which are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) or the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

More information about the School

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