Why choose to study within the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography?
The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, with staff expertise in geography, forestry, agriculture, environmental science and conservation. The 2017 QS World University Rankings by subject have rated Bangor University in the top 100 universities in the World for Agriculture and Forestry, and 61st in the world for Employer Reputation.
Unrivalled location and fieldwork opportunities
North Wales has been named one of the best regions in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet due to its stunning location. The school is uniquely located between the stunning North Wales coastline and the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. It is the natural environment for learning, and we are ideally placed to study the landscape around us. The Snowdonia National Park is less than 20 minutes away and provides a living laboratory on our doorstep for much of our teaching and research
. As well as upland and lowland areas, internationally recognised for their landscape and geomorphology, North Wales contains 10 National Nature Reserves and 83 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including some which are of European significance, 4 Heritage Coasts and 2 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will find plenty of places to visit in Snowdonia and on the Isle of Anglesey, a World Heritage Site due to its geology. We are also within easy reach of Liverpool or Manchester, and only a short ferry trip from Dublin for shopping trips or days out.
The school organises many UK and overseas field courses, including our introductory first year course where you will spend a week enhancing your field skills and knowledge through our Making Snowdonia module. All compulsory fieldwork is provided free of charge, with optional overseas third year trips to Tenerife and Spain. By participating in a variety of local and international field courses you will gain a wealth of experience and develop key skills.
Teaching and Learning
Our lecturers are teaching-innovators and we take pride that many of our staff are award-winning lecturers, nominated by our own students. Many of our staff are world-leading researchers, and you will be learning at the forefront of research into global issues. You will be taught by experts through a variety of lectures, seminars, laboratory practical’s and fieldwork, all to develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen subject.
Depending upon your degree you will receive training in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and MATLAB. You will also gain skills in data handling, retrieval and presentation, statistical analysis and social data methods. You will learn how to explore spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social datasets. We have computing suites located within the School, and have access to GIS software, spatial data and maps.
World-leading research and facilities
Research submitted by the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). As well as securing a high national ranking, 78% of the research material submitted was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The Environment Centre for Wales (ECW) is a partnership between the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University, bringing together 60 environmental scientists with a wide range of knowledge and experience. You will have access to our laboratory in ECW for student project (dissertation) work with a wide range of plant, soil and other environmental analytical facilities available. These include climate-controlled growth rooms, radioisotope and environmental microbiology laboratories, and apparatus to monitor environmental samples for pollution, contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, and DNA.
The School has its own field station, Henfaes Research Station, located just outside the city, with land rising from salt marsh and agriculturally improved lowland at the coast to open mountain grazing at 1000 metres above sea level. It is also a commercial upland sheep farm, which includes agri-environment agreements with the Welsh Government, with a proportion of the land comprising Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve.
The School also works closely with Treborth Botanic Garden, a spectacular site on the shores of the Menai Strait that has been owned by Bangor University since 1960.The garden has 15ha of native woodland, 2ha of species rich unimproved grassland and 1ha managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs. There are also six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants. SENRGy students have the opportunity to establish their own research projects (dissertations) at the garden, and to develop their botanical and ecological skills through garden workshops, specialist courses and internships.