• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.10 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.04 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.20 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    59.9 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    55.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    71.1 / 100.0


  • 1824 Bolton Mechanics Institute opened as the third in the UK.
  • 1982 Bolton Institute.
  • 1989 Bolton Institute incorporated as independent HEI.
  • 1990 Granted taught degree awarding powers.
  • 1994 Granted research degree awarding powers.
  • 2005 Given the title, University of Bolton.
  • 2008 Opened campus in Unites Arab Emirates.

Location and Transport

  • Bolton is one of the largest towns in the UK, with excellent motorway and rail links to major cities: Liverpool and Manchester are within half an hour by train; Manchester airport is close by with a direct train service to Bolton.
  • The region is particularly good for watching live sport, with the excellent Reebok Stadium, home to the Bolton Wanderers football team. Bolton Arena is the Regional Tennis Centre and hosts national tennis events. International cricket is in nearby Manchester, while for rugby league supporters, Wigan is just up the road.
  • Bolton has excellent motorway and rail links to major cities. The Lake District, West Pennine Moors and the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach, and the bright lights of Blackpool are just an hour away.

Entry Requirements

  • The UCAS tariffs for our 3 year honours degrees range from 96–112 points. The exact qualifications and grades needed vary between courses.
  • Most courses require students to have 5 GCSEs, including maths and English at Grace C or above. However, the exact qualifications and grades needed vary between courses.
  • Visit our website for more details on entry requirements for each course.

Student Mix

The 6,385 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%


  • UK 91%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 53%
  • Female 47%

Course Flexibility

  • We offer a wide and flexible range of courses aimed at preparing and enriching our students’ career choices and opportunities.
  • From Pre-degree, access courses, foundation years and semesters to undergraduate, research and taught postgraduate, CPD and PhD degrees; we boast an impressive variety of pathways to, and in higher education.
  • Most of the on-campus 3 year degree courses can be studied on a part-time basis, with some courses available by distance learning.

Teaching Standards

  • All of our staff are highly qualified and experienced, many are still active in research and have books and papers published regularly.
  • They are key to a successful career, and help their students build a base of industry contacts, preparing them for graduation.
  • Recently, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) awarded a judgment of 'confidence' in academic standards and quality of learning opportunities at the University of Bolton.

Research Standards

  • The University of Bolton is an enterprising and professional university that is recognised for its long standing research tradition and pioneering links with business and industry. We enjoy an excellent reputation locally, nationally and internationally for the quality of our research activities.
  • Research and innovation underpin the university's teaching and ensures the quality of our courses. This ensures that our student body benefits from outstanding teaching, in an environment which is conducive to discovery and new ways of thinking.
  • Our relationships with public and private sector organisations are strong; whether working with a regional SME to improve their competitive edge or collaborating in international, multi-million pound research programmes.

The university is a recognised world-leader in smart materials research and development, current research projects include:

  • Pioneering research into the potential biomedical applications of Auxetic materials;
  • Researching and developing composite materials for use in a variety of applications from engineering to safety equipment;
  • Development and continued progression of a photovoltaic-piezoelectric fibre – a fibre that can generate electricity from movement, wind, wave and solar power.

Academic Strengths

  • Committed to providing a high-quality, research-informed and teaching-intensive environment.
  • Industry-orientated courses in specialist and traditional subject areas.
  • Complete University Guide 2016 rated us top five for student satisfaction in a number of courses.
  • Smaller than average class sizes, regular access to personal tutors and flexible study options.
  • Ongoing £125m investment in cutting edge equipment and infrastructure
  • Lecturers' teaching ability consistently rated first class by government body AQA.
  • The Research Excellence Framework in 2014 judged us a world-leader in six research areas.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Our Student Services department has been Matrix Standard accredited since 2005. The department provides information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, including accommodation, counselling, support for disabled students, student health and wellbeing, immigration, student finance and university procedures.
  • There is one central, two-floor university library on campus, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The library has held the Government Standard Customer Service Excellence for 10 years, offering full printing and photocopying facilities along with a range of self-service facilities.
  • For less formal methods of study and group work, or to just catch up with friends there is the Social Learning Zone (SLZ) which includes the new Tech Zone. The Tech Zone includes eight iMacs and 26 Dell touch-screen PCs which can be used for study or recreation, staff on the IT Support, library and subject help desks can assist with any queries.
  • Regional and national schemes allow the University of Bolton students and staff to join other university libraries in the UK via various access agreement schemes.

Disability Services

  • At the University of Bolton we are committed to equality, diversity and provide a supportive environment for all. We welcome both home and international students with physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues, medical conditions and specific learning difficulties.
  • Telephone 01204 903478, email a disability adviser at disability@bolton.ac.uk, or visit our website for information on the disability services at the University of Bolton.

Students' Union

  • The students' union is now part of the £2.5m Social Learning Zone, with the mission statement 'To enhance the student experience', representing students and providing social, commercial and welfare services without discrimination.
  • There is a wide and diverse range of clubs and societies at the university, 2014 saw the creation of many new clubs and societies, such as the Geek Culture Society and the Law Society. Most of the clubs and societies are organised and run by students. New volunteers are always needed, and the Students’ Union are always keen to help students create and promote any new clubs.
  • The students' union bar space has recently been refurbished, and is a vibrant space for students to meet for a coffee, for something to eat or for drinks. The Union host lots of evenings for students including poker nights, quiz nights and comedy evenings with regular drinks promotions. Freshers 2014 saw a welcome BBQ at one of the Halls of Residence, and events such as a UV party and trips to Go Ape! and Alton Towers.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university's Careers Service can provide help and impartial guidance to all students, from advice on CVs and portfolios to guidance regarding job hunting and skills development.
  • Our team works with employers, agencies and other organisations involved in student and graduate recruitment and can advise students about finding volunteering experiences.
  • The JobShop is designed to help students who would like to find part-time work in and around Bolton. You can also join the JobShop site for regular email job, internship or volunteering alerts.
  • The team advises students on the minimum wage, tax and national insurance, becoming self-employed, and gaining additional skills like leadership, communication or organisational skills which are in great demand by employers.

Careers Guidance

  • At the University of Bolton we strive to provide the best possible support to all of our students and graduates to help them gain employment and reach and achieve their career goals and aspirations.
  • Whether you are studying on a full-time or part-time basis, or you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, we offer a range of careers and employability support adapted for your individual needs.
  • Our careers advisers are available throughout the week Monday to Friday for 1–1 appointments.
  • They offer practical advice with your career plans including help with applications and portfolios.
  • Our Careers Service was accredited in 2015 by Customer Service Excellence.
  • We host an annual careers fair with more than 70 companies and organisations represented.
  • We have an on campus Job-Shop where students can find part-time, holiday and volunteering work.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In recent years there has been a progressive multi-million pound redevelopment of the university campus, including new design studio and innovation factory facilities, teaching rooms, lecture theatre and social learning spaces.
  • The university was successful in winning government approval to build a University Technical College (UTC) on its campus for 2015. The Bolton UTC offers specialist courses in medical and dental technologies, pharmacy and engineering.
  • 2014 has already seen the Centre for Advanced Performance engineering open which is in partnership with RLR Motorsport. With a multi-million pound, purpose built centre planned for the future.
  • 2013 saw the re-launch of Bolton Business School, offering new facilities and partnered with local businesses.
  • The £2.5m Social Learning Zone houses, the students' union bar and offices, as well as a large open plan, wireless networked space where students can study or socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • February 2012 saw the opening of a new £100,000 Law Court, and a new £31m health, leisure and research centre called Bolton One on campus. This development is a shared project managed by the university, Bolton Council and NHS Bolton. It offers a whole range of health, leisure and sporting facilities as well as state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces.
  • A recent investment of £10m created dedicated Arts, Media and Technologies facilities, including a top specification custom-designed photography area, studios for painting, sculpture and digital art, professional media production facilities, specialist SFX facilities and the latest design software.

Notable Alumni

  • Anthony Keating – HND Automobile Engineering Graduated 1996, and has also completed an MBA with Bolton. Entrepreneur and supercar designer.
  • Josie Cichockyi – Alumni Graduated BA (Hons) Leisure and Business Studies 1994. University Alumni Fellowship 2002 Services to Sport – she represented Great Britain in athletics, wheelchair basketball and table tennis, competed in three Paralympics, four World Championships and six Europeans, broke 26 British track records in all distances from 100m to 5000m, and was the first female wheelchair athlete to break the three hour barrier in the London Marathon.
  • Jason Stockwood – Philosophy Graduate 1995. Jason won a scholarship to study America, then study at Bolton Institute, in 1995 he started work at Trailfinders, London, Business Development at Lufthansa. Headhunted by Lastminute.com he ran their UK airline business. Jason has now taken the helm at XBRidge one the fastest growing technology companies in the UK.
  • Mark Whitfield – HND Computer Studies 1990. Mark is currently an IT Technical Initiatives Manager in Salford Quays, but he has become synonymous within the Greater Manchester press and the BBC North for his business networking site Manchester Media Forum and recording the building progress of MediaCityUk, now home to BBC and ITV. He is also originator of University’s Linked-in Alumni group.
  • Graeme Hawksley – MSc Advanced Microelectronics. In 2008 Graeme Hawksley,  Managing Director, Hybrid Marine based in the Isle of Man, won Bronze medal Mansura Trophy organised by Royal Thames Yacht Club. Hybrid Marine has won Shell Springboard Awards 2010 at Southampton boat show Green Product of Year.
  • Adam Dean – MA Photography. MA Photography graduate Adam Dean has been named in the prestigious 2011 list of '30 new and emerging photographers to watch'. He was awarded first place in, General News, 2011 Picture of the Year International competition. Adam’s untitled photograph shows two wounded US soldiers in a moment of quiet pain while being medevaced from the front line.
  • Dr Ann Johnston OBE – Dr Johnston studied at Bolton in the early eighties when it was the Bolton Institute. In the 2013 New Year’s honours list Ann was given an OBE for her outstanding contribution to healthcare. In 2005, after a career as a nurse and a lecturer, Dr Johnson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s forcing her to retire. Now, working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society, she has contributed to many events including chairing sessions at the Dementia Congress 2011 and the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference 2012. She also sits on the Prime Minister’s Champion Group for Dementia Friendly Communities.

Neoartists, set up by second and third year students in 2007, became a Community Interest Company in 2008 and is now a thriving artist-led not-for-profit organisation in the heart of Bolton town centre. Neoartists has over 80 members and 21 artist studios with print, sculpture and photography darkroom facilities, in addition to a large gallery with an international programme. 2012 saw the start of the neo:artprize, neo:printprize and neo:residency programme working with:

  • Ian Davenport – Painter
  • Amira Gad – Serpentine Galleries
  • Margot Heller – SLG
  • Helen Pheby – YSP
  • Professor Paul Coldwell – Chelsea UAL
  • Eileen Cooper RA
  • Gordon Cheung – artist
  • David Cleaton-Roberts – ACG
  • Kwong Lee – Castlefield Gallery
  • Paul Stolper
  • Laurie Pea
  • Aieen McEvoy

Neoartists also offers a range of residency awards to the University of Bolton School of Art graduates.

Further Details

Address University of Bolton
Deane Road
UCAS Code B44