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Ranked 1st in the UK for Research impact (REF 2021)


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Why Study Biology?

You will be taught by staff from the School of Natural Sciences who are experts in their field. Our students enjoy being here and we pride ourselves on the quality of teaching and pastoral care we offer. We have a long tradition in teaching and research in the Biological Sciences. 

Our research is changing the world in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, we're ranked 1st in the UK for the impact of our research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). With one of the largest groups of environmental scientists in the UK, our research is ranked sixth in the UK and 1st in Wales for research power.

We have excellent facilities on campus for the study of both flora and fauna, which include our very own natural history museum, botanical garden, freshwater and marine aquaria, venomous snake collection, Europe’s largest underground soil laboratory, aviaries, an ocean-going research vessel, and an active research farm – all of which are constantly used for teaching and research.

In your second year, you can choose to study at a university in the United States for all or part of the year.

Watch - Study Biological Sciences

Take a look what it is like to study Biological Sciences at Bangor including a glimpse of our own Natural History Museum and lab spaces. Our student talks about studying, field-trips and her aspirations after graduating.

Marcus Jones

Student Profile Marcus Jones

BSc Biology

"The best thing so far was the opportunity to go abroad for field trips in Year 2. This massively improved my confidence in talking to staff about work ... which has helped considerably this year when working on my dissertation."


in the UK for Research impact

REF 2021

Our Research in Biology

We support a vigorous research base in Biological Sciences, including molecular ecologyBiogeochemistry and Plant ScienceAnimal physiology, behaviour and conservationMicrobiology, parasitology and biotechnology, fisheries genetics, ancient DNA, evolutionary and conservation biology, biogeochemistry, biohydrometallurgy, plant product biochemistry and (plant) stress physiology, wetland biogeochemistry, neurophysiology of crustaceans, animal responses to stress and applied microbiology.

We receive substantial financial support from Research Councils, charities, government departments, the European Commission, and British and overseas industry. Our postdoctoral base is strengthened by individually-sponsored Fellowships from the NERC and the EC (e.g. Marie-Curie). Our diverse interests facilitate a wide exchange of interdisciplinary ideas and techniques and promote collaborations here at Bangor and with colleagues in other institutions and industry, in the UK and overseas.

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