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About Bangor University School of Education

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Bangor University’s School of Education has a long tradition and an established reputation in the field of teacher training. Situated between the Snowdonia mountain range and the sea, Bangor offers a stunning study location and particularly appeals to students with an interest in sport of the outdoors.

Under the guidance of enthusiastic staff, the School provides a wide range of progressive courses for both aspiring and experienced teachers. Our courses can by studied through the medium of Welsh, English or bilingually. We have well-established partnerships with primary and secondary schools through north Wales and beyond to provide varied and supportive training environments.

Postgraduate study:

We offer postgraduate courses for both the aspiring and experienced teachers, as well as research degrees in education or childhood and youth.

PGCE – Primary and Secondary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one-year, full-time course. Students will spend 24 weeks on placement in partner school, under the guidance of both school mentors and university tutors. Study PGCE Primary Education or PGCE Secondary Education, specialising in one of the following secondary education subjects: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Music, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education, Welsh.

Education Studies

Our MA in Education Studies is offered on both a full- and part-time basis. The full-time programme includes a placement module, while the part-time course is taught during weekends or evenings, and may therefore be suited to students who are already working in a related field.

Research degrees

Our research degrees include an MRes (Masters by Research), MPhil, PhD and EdD (Education Doctorate Programme).


Research within the School of Education is based around four main research groups

  • Bilingualism, Language Development and Bilingual Education
  • Inclusion/ Special Educational Needs
  • Bilingual Education and Special Educational Needs
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

We can offer supervision on research degrees within any of these areas.

We have a particular research specialism in the areas of bilingualism and bilingual education. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), work submitted by our academics as part of the Modern Languages and Linguistics Unit of Assessment helped Bangor University achieve joint 2nd place in the UK for research impact within the discipline.


Bangor University has all the resources you need to help you through your studies. These include including libraries which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; free wi-fi across the campus; printing facilities; dedicated study areas; and a number of well-stocked libraries, with access to journals and other e-resources (as well as books, newspapers, reports, research papers and other printed resources). All of this is combined with investment in state-of-the art facilities, including a brand new arts and innovation centre (Pontio) and a recently refurbished gym and sports hall.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union offers a huge number of sports clubs and societies – covering every interest from photography to Quidditch – all of which are free to join.

Careers Support

Bangor University’s Careers and Employability Service provide one-to-one support to students, helping you to enhance their employability prospects through improving their CVs, interview skills and application techniques.

Student Support

Bangor University has an excellent record for student support. Our Student Services team can offer help and advice on a range of issues, including finance, student housing, health, study skills and disability-related matters.

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