At Bangor University you’ll have a transformational and supported experience.
We offer a wide range of ‘hands on’ experiences in the lab and the coaching environment. With 40 years of experience and a research-led curriculum, covering the core Sport, Health and Exercise Science topics of physiology, psychology, exercise, health and medicine, biomechanics and effective coaching, our expertise and high calibre teaching means we will help you to achieve the best possible outcome and classification from your degree.
We’ll also help you gain the knowledge and skills you need for a career in the expanding sport, health, exercise and adventure markets.
We have been rated:
- Top 10 for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2022)
- 7th in UK for Employment after 5 years (Longitudinal Employment Outcomes Survey 2020)
- Top 20 for Course Satisfaction (Guardian Good University Guide 2022)
Our employability strategy is founded on four pillars: (i) collaborating with employers to identify the key competencies within the sport, health and exercise sector (ii) embedding and developing these key competencies in our curriculum (iii) providing work experience and volunteering opportunities so that students can transfer knowledge into practice and (iv) we continue to support our students during and beyond graduation with dedicated academic staff, our Careers and Employability service and alumni relations team.
We are proud of these independent, external quality indicators, but our students often tell us that what they really value is that they are part of a small, friendly environment and benefit from high student-staff contact time. At Bangor University you’ll be studying at one of the best Sport Science departments in the UK, with specialisms in:
- Elite Sports Performance
- Physical Activity, Health and Well being
- Adventure Sport Science
- Physical Education
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
We provide world leading and cutting-edge research to the Sport, Health and Exercise markets which directly informs our curriculum. This means you will be taught the most recent and exciting content during your degree, using the most innovative methods possible.
Throughout your degree, you can get involved with exciting and world-leading research activities. Examples include an expedition to the Nepal Himalayas where our Extremes Research group conducted studies into how people react and adapt their performance in extreme environments. Our Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance has also been leading research within the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) and UK Sport to inform their Talent Identification and development programmes.
If you want to experience time in another country, our International Experience Year allows you to study abroad as part of your sports science degree. Students have previously been to the USA (Iowa, Maine and West Florida) Australia and Canada.
On most of our degree courses, you can also choose to undertake a work placement year, which allows you to work with experts in a field that’s relevant to your degree and to your future career.
All our staff are research-active and work with the highest levels of sports performers and medical experts in the UK and worldwide. This expertise means we have strong links with highest levels of both the sport performance and health sectors. This research ethos drives both quality critical thinking and what and how you will learn.
You’ll develop skills to generate cutting-edge questions of your own whilst also being equipped to design methods to answer these questions. Put simply, you’ll be taught the skills required to think and work independently, together with the know-how and confidence to continue to learn and lead on knowledge development after graduation. Examples of who we work alongside are:
- British Psychological Society
- England and Wales Cricket Board
- UK Sport
- English Institute of Sport
- Rugby Football Union
- Ministry of Defence
- British Gymnastics
- Manchester City FC
- Outlook Expeditions
- RGC rugby
- Adventure Parc Snowdonia
- Always Aim High
- Weightlifting Wales
- Welsh Institute of Performance Science
- Conwy Outdoor Centre
- GB Triathlon
- Swim England
- GB Hockey
- GB Rowing
- British Canoeing
- RYA, Wales
- UK Deaf Sport
- England Athletics
We are based in a beautiful Grade II listed building on the banks of the Menai Strait and in an area of the UK that is passionate about both sport and health. As well as the backdrop of the nearby beaches, mountains, lakes and forests of Snowdonia’s National Park, you’ll have access to an extensive range of laboratories containing state-of-the-art equipment for sport and exercise physiology, psychology, motor control and learning, and motion analysis including:
- £1M teaching lab
- an altitude (hypoxia) chamber
- multiple 3D motion analysis labs
- a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) whole body scanner
- exercise testing and rehabilitation labs
- an environmental chamber
- psychology, psychomotor and psychophysiology testing suites
- biochemistry and cell biology labs
A degree from Bangor University means that you will have a sport degree from one of the ‘original’ and leading sports science universities in the UK. You can also benefit of our specific employability programmes and work placements to help you stand out from the crowd.