University of Bolton

With a student body of around 11,000 you will get the best of all worlds at Bolton. You will be based on a modern, compact campus where no-one feels anonymous and, with small teaching groups on many courses, you can be sure you are a name, not just a number. Bolton itself is a friendly, thriving town close to the big cities of Manchester and Liverpool.



Bolton Institute of Higher Education came into being in 1982, but its origins can be traced back over a century and a half to the early nineteenth century when the town of Bolton became involved in a continuous programme of vocational and educational training.


The teaching quality has consistently won the highest ratings possible from the Government's quality control agency and the University has professional accreditation for more than 25 of the teaching programmes.


The University of Bolton is a public resource for professional knowledge and learning, working with and on behalf of people and organisations to solve practical problems. This institution is driven by the belief that learning is fundamental to the transformation of individuals and society. The traditional role and achievements of scholars and universities are respected, while seeking to create a model of higher education which is focused on professionalism, innovation and application. Variety and value difference are two highly-regarded aspects at the University of Bolton, as it is proven by the existing diversity among the staff, students and partner organisations.


The University strives to be a local resource, a regional asset and a national and international centre of excellence as well as a byword for exemplary vocationally focused undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered in Bolton and across the world. Where appropriate, the students will study in an environment which reflects as closely as possible, the working environment which they are likely to enter, with industry standard equipment. All students will be offered work-based learning through placements, internships or ‘sandwich’ gap years.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Engineering & Technology (1)


Student services

The team of Student Advisors offer information, advice and guidance on a wide range of student support issues.
These include Accommodation, Hardship Fund, Chaplaincy, Life Lounge, Disclosure and Barring Service, Disability Service, Immigration and Welfare Service, Student Finance, and Student Liaison Officers.
They can also refer you and make appointments for you to see specialist staff. Private interview room facilities are available on request. An induction loop facility for the deaf and hard of hearing is also available.

Housing services

The staff have a wide range of experience in this field and are well aware of the difficulties that may arise when moving to a new town (and out of home)! The University deals with Halls allocations and all other aspects of student accommodation in Bolton. If you would like to speak to someone about the service offered by the University, or about student accommodation, please get in touch using the contact details to the right.

Library services

The Library aims to provide an academic information resource supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of the user community on all major sites of the University, in such a way as to achieve the highest professional standards in a cost effective and user friendly manner.

Student Life

Campus life

In recent years the University has had a major redevelopment programme creating new and exciting facilities for study and recreation. In early 2012, it was organized the opening of a £100,000 moot Law Court and Bolton One , the new, purpose-built, £31 million health, leisure and research centre, in partnership with NHS Bolton and Bolton Council.

It is home to premier teaching and research activity, including flagship health and sports courses and services which are open to everyone. These include an Athlete Development Centre, Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic, climbing wall, Centre for Research and Health and Wellbeing, and a Clinical Simulation suite .

Sports facilities

Students, staff and the wider community are all welcome at the University of Bolton Sport and Recreation Service. Whether you want to compete in leagues, play for fun, get fit, or just de-stress in a relaxed atmosphere, there is something for you in the sports centre. Trained staff can show you how to use the indoor courts and the climbing wall. There are lunchtime classes in everything from Boxercise to Trampolining. If you prefer the great outdoors, there's a whole host of clubs to join and activities to try - from snowboarding to watersports. The beautiful Pennine Moors that surround Bolton are the perfect venue for walking, kayaking and horse riding.

Student clubs

There is the Students' Union which makes sure that all Bolton University students enjoy their student life. There is also an Alumni Association which is part of the Directorate of Institutional Advancement. This is a great way of remaining involved with the University and ensuring a great relationship with it.

Bolton, England, United Kingdom