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Research Project Opportunities


Some of our academic schools at Bangor offer you the opportunity to develop a research project proposal as an initial and integral part of a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD degree. These opportunities are in defined areas of research expertise and with specific members of academic staff. The opportunities which are currently available are outlined on these pages.

Alternatively you may wish to develop your own proposal based on the research expertise & specialisms within the School. Please refer to the ‘Apply’ section for further details.

International Research with Impact

Research at Bangor University has a strong track record of delivering impact. Impact can be seen as economic, societal and cultural benefits. Impact not only adds value to the research portfolio, but also enriches the intellectual and personal development of our staff and students. The effects of impact are wide-ranging: staff at Bangor have had the opportunity to experience first-hand how plant breeding affects the lives of impoverished farmers in Northern India and East Africa; to work closely with a specialist university in China to develop state-of-the art broadband technology; and to develop culturally-sensitive methodologies for dealing with violence in mental health in India.

These engagements not only support the research of our staff, but also deepen their understanding of economic and societal issues overseas, and how their research can lead to benefits; whether they be environmental (understanding the importance of biodiversity), policy-based (impact upon Government), and economic (product performance and value).

Bangor University International Research Collaborations

Figure 1: Showing countries within which we are collaborating on research

Countries with which we have collaborations are listed below:

  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chagos Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Kurdistan
  • Kuwait
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Zambia
  • Zanzibar

Providing unique opportunities...

International research collaborations also provide unique opportunities for our students: for those coming to study in the UK: to experience study and life in a new country, and for home students travelling overseas: exposure to a different culture, life skills and improving their proficiency in a second language. This indirect impact is contributing to graduates entering the workplace who are fluent in the importance of internationalization, trained to become global citizens and are aware of how far-reaching the outcomes of research can be.

Be part of our whole...

At Bangor, postgraduate students make a huge contribution to University life; whether they are part of our Peer Guide scheme, gaining valuable experience through the Bangor Employability Award, or contributing to academic success as the author of a paper or inventor of new Intellectual Property.

Internationalization is something that we actively encourage in Bangor, and pride ourselves on our achievements. Our research networks extend across the globe, and we continue to build on our portfolio of relationships, exploring opportunities and engaging with new partners.

We are particularly proud of the successful impact of our international research activities and we look forward to you joining us.

Research Expertise & Opportunities

Eligibility & Fees

Entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email

Fees & Scholarships

Please take a look at our Fees & Scholarships pages for details.


How to apply

Step 1 – Select your research topic

You have two options with regards the selection of your research topic;

Option 1

Prepare your Research Proposal, based on the research expertise at the School.

Option 2

Occasionally, the University advertises PhD Studentships. Studentships are funded / sponsored PhD placements which cover tuition fees and sometimes living costs, usually for a period of 3 years. They are offered for specific research projects. Studentships are advertised on the University website and Academic Schools’ websites and there is normally a deadline for submitting applications. The terms and conditions of Studentships vary and may become available at different times of the year.

If you are applying for a Studentship, enter the name of the studentship on the application form.

Step 2 – Prepare your documentation

You will need to gather the following documentation to present with your application:

  • Bachelor degree certificate and transcript
  • Masters degree certificate and transcript (if undertaken)
  • English language test certificate (if undertaken)
  • Academic reference / support letter
  • Confirmation of funding / sponsorship (if applicable)
  • Passport
  • Research Proposal (if you are NOT selecting a project from the Directory of PhD opportunities or applying for a Studentship). Click here for guidance about how to write a good research proposal.

Step 3 – Apply Online

International students have two options when applying;

Apply online

Option 1 – Apply online yourself

Option 2 – Apply online with the help of a recruitment agent

  • If you would like help in completing and managing your application you may seek help from one of our authorised representatives or agents. To see a list of our representatives for your country please visit the Country pages.

Application advice

Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.

Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree

As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/MPhil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.

All PhD/MPhil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/MPhil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.

Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/MPhil research proposal.

At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/MPhil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.

Your research proposal

A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:

  1. Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
  2. Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
  3. Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
  4. Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.

When do I Apply?

You can apply at any time of the year.

It is possible to start a PhD degree at any point in the year at most academic Schools, subject to agreement with the supervisor.

We advise that you submit your application in enough time to:

  • organise funding
  • undertake an English course
  • obtain documents such as transcripts and references required for meeting the conditions of the offer
  • apply for a visa
  • make accommodation arrangements

Further information

Admission related queries

If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


Funding your research studies

Please note the research project opportunities detailed here are NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study. International self-funded candidates will however be considered for an international scholarship.

Research/PhD Scholarships

What’s on offer Value Eligible Countries
Dean Scholarship

Up to £4,000

All countries
International Scholarship  Up to £3,000 All countries
Alumni/Existing Students/Family Discount  £1,000 in addition to the Bangor International Scholarship All countries
China Scholarship Council Full tuition fee waiver China
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states)  Full tuition fee waiver, monthly stipend, return airfare, thesis grant, study travel grant, provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas, paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country or family allowances, warm clothing allowance where applicable Bangladesh; Cameroon; The Gambia
Kenya; Kiribati; Lesotho; Malawi
Mozambique; Nigeria; Pakistan;
Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; Tanzania; Tuvalu; Uganda;
Vanuatu; Zambia
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (for low and middle income countries)  Approved tuition fees, monthly stipend, return airfare, warm clothing allowance where applicable, study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas. Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho ,Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia
PRONABEC Scholarship Full fee waiver & monthly stipend   Peru

For PhD and Research students, please make sure you have identified and secured a source of funding (e.g. scholarship, self-funding with partial scholarship, Government or other sponsor etc) for your tuition fees and living costs BEFORE submitting an application to study.

Other Sources of Funding

There are many government and non-government organisations that provide scholarship schemes enabling international students to source funding to study at a UK university. Students should contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in their country, as they should have details of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to study overseas. They will also be able to advise the government’s conditions for studying abroad. Students should also contact the British Council office in the country of origin, which should have details of British scholarship schemes. If there is no British Council office in the country, then the nearest British Embassy or High Commission should be contacted.

Please see below for other scholarship and funding options in your country

What’s on Offer Eligible Countries
King Abdullah Scholarship Scheme Saudi Arabia
Fulbright Commission USA
Commonwealth Scholarships Commonwealth Countries
The British Council Searchable Database Various Countries
UKCISA Various Countries
ACU Various Countries
Various Scholarships USA
ExpressVPN USA
The North America Wales Foundation USA
Rotary International USA
Optimist Club Scholarships USA