University of Bolton


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The University of Bolton (formerly Bolton Institute of Higher Education or simply Bolton Institute) is a public university in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. It has approximately 6,000 students across all sites and courses, with 700 academic and professional staff.

Key statistics

Total UG Students Total PG Students International Student Student Faculty Ratio
5,185 1,135 20% 15:1

 Bolton has enjoyed a large rise in applications in recent years, and has undertaken a multimillion-pound development programme to match. Beginning with the completion of the £2.5m social learning zone, student union and 24/7 computing facilities, the campus transformation has continued apace. A further £10m has been spent to create top-specification arts, media and technologies facilities and Bolton One, a £31m health, leisure and research centre managed by the university, Bolton council and NHS Bolton has opened on campus. Sports and leisure facilities include a new sports hall, 50ft climbing wall, 25-metre swimming pool, dance studio and gym.

Bolton is one of the largest towns in the UK, and has excellent motorway and rail links to major cities such as Liverpool. Manchester is just a 20-minute train journey. The Lake District, West Pennine Moors and Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach, and the bright lights of Blackpool are just an hour away.

Notable Alumni

·        Anthony Keating – entrepreneur and supercar designer.

·        Josie Cichockyj – was a British wheelchair athlete, competing in 2 Paralympics and breaking 28 British track records in all distances from 100m to 5000m, including 5,000m World Track record.

·        Jason Stockwood – CEO at Simply Business insurance brokers, named in 2016 as overall Best Leader at the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For awards.

·        Graeme Hawksley – Managing Director of the award-winning Hybrid Marine based in the Isle of Man.

·        Adam Dean – award-winning photographer named in the prestigious 2011 list of '30 new and emerging photographers to watch'.

·        Dr Ann Johnston MBE – awarded an MBE for her outstanding contribution to healthcare for her work with the Alzheimer’s Society following her own early diagnosis with the condition.

English Language Requirements

If you do not have 60% or above in Standard XII you will be required to complete a recognised English Language qualification.

Students are required to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

·        Please refer to the university website for details.

Entry Requirements

Foundation / Access

If you do not meet the entry requirements for Year 1 entry you may be considered for an access/foundation programme.

Undergraduate entry to year 1

  • 60% or above at standard XII (all boards)
  • Successful completion of a 2 year diploma (state board or approved polytechnic)

The university  accepts  applications for entry to year 2 & 3; however these are assessed on a case by case basis.


  • Completion of a 4 year degree with upper second class (55%) from a recognised University
  • Completion of a 3 year bachelors degree with grades of 65% or above from a recognised University

Accommodation for International Students

·        A place in Halls of Residence is guaranteed to all first-year undergraduates, as part of the university's dedication to providing the smoothest transition to university life.

·        Dedicated support for booking accommodation.

·        Approximately a 10 minute walk away from the main campus and close to the town centre, the Halls are split into eight blocks, each containing eight flats of six bedrooms. Orlando also has a common room available for student use.

The University owns and manages Orlando Village which provide 381 single study, self catering bedrooms. It is close to both road and rail links, and the university own staff are available throughout the day and evening to give advice on domestic matters with a 24 hour security patrol service.

The cost of 2017/18 accommodation will be £3,040.00, this covers a period of 38 weeks and includes the Easter and Christmas vacations.  It includes costs of heating, lighting, hot water and the internet. Temporary Accommodation is not available at the Halls of Residence.

The University of Bolton is proud to offer a comprehensive financial support service. This includes a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students undertaking full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses offered by the University. 

Please visit the university wbsite for further details.

There are numerous other scholarships. Please refer university website for detail qualifications required.

Other scholarships

You can also apply for the British Government's Chevening Scholarships, and a variety of private agencies and charities for scholarships, bursaries and grants to study in the UK. For more information visit the British Council website or the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

Quick Facts

Institution TypePUBLIC

Founding Year1824


IntakeSeptember/October 2021,


Full-time UG & PG Fees 11,250 GBP to 12,500 GBP according to your course.

Cost of Living

For general living costs such as accommodation, food, books, clothing etc, it is impossible to provide an exact figure as all students are different and have different lifestyles.

Ranking of Universities

The Complete University Guide 2018 :  125

The Guardian University League Tables 2018 :  86


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