The University of Bolton
Main Campus:Deane Campus, Bolton
School of Arts, Media and Education, School of the Built Environment and Engineering, School of Business and Creative Technologies, School of Health and Social Sciences
Why Choose the University of Bolton?
With a long history of quenching the thirst for knowledge, Bolton is committed to
providing students with individual support and attention. The University can trace
its roots back to 1824, when it came into being as the Bolton Mechanics Institute
and then the Bolton Institute of Higher Education in 1982, before gaining university
status in 2005, making it one of Britain’s youngest universities.
The University has an exciting future ahead with their 2012 opening of the ‘Bolton
One’ facility; a £31 million building which houses state-of-the-art teaching, research
and leisure facilities.
The University of Bolton has a very strong reputation for teaching quality, with
a team of highly qualified and experienced staff.
- Teaching quality at Bolton has consistently won the highest ratings possible from
the Government's quality control agency (QAA) and it has professional accreditation
for more than 30 of its teaching programmes.
- The University has also been rated as ‘excellent’ by the QAA in the following subjects:
Biology, Education, Health Studies, Nursing, Psychology and Textiles.
- The Learning Enhancement & Professional Development Unit at Bolton seeks to promote
excellence in teaching and learning in higher education to provide the best possible
learning experience for all students studying at the University.
- The University’s Building Studies course was ranked the best in the country according
to the National Student Survey (2008); the institution’s Mechanical Engineering
course was also rated amongst the top three in the UK.
- £10 million has been spent on significant improvements to the existing teaching
facilities over the past three years. There is £31 million currently being invested
into the building of Bolton One.
The University of Bolton enjoys an excellent reputation locally, nationally and internationally
for the quality of its research activities.
- The University is committed to an interdisciplinary approach that supports research
across different academic areas which is essential to the University's culture of
enterprise and development.
- Research and innovation underpins the University's teaching and ensures the rigour
and quality of all courses. This ensures that Bolton students benefit from outstanding
teaching, in an environment which is conducive to discovery and new ways of thinking.
- UK Research Councils, the European Union, the Northwest Development Agency, the
Training and Development Agency for Schools, the NHS and many other private and
public organisations provide a significant source of funding for research and enterprise
- The University of Bolton is home to three research centres: the Institute for Educational
Cybernetics, the Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing and the Centre for
Materials Research and Innovation.
The University of Bolton boasts a well established and thriving community of international
students which has helped to create a friendly and caring environment.
- In the recent International Student Barometer survey, Bolton was ranked second out
of 84 universities for the quality of learning experience, as judged by the University’s
- 10% of Bolton undergraduate students are from outside the UK, including other EU
- The University delivers a number of programmes in several countries overseas, working
in collaboration with international partners. The qualifications gained through
these courses are directly equivalent to those awarded at Bolton.
- The University is currently home to students from 57 countries. The University has
an International Society which is one of the many ways that international students
can get to know their peers.
Student satisfaction ratings are continually increasing at the University of Bolton,
with each student being treated as an individual.
- Student satisfaction with the University’s overall performance rose to 79% in the
National Student Survey (NSS) in 2011.
- Bolton University holds the title of ‘Top Greater Manchester University for Overall
Student Satisfaction’ along with Manchester and Salford universities.
- The University meets or exceeds Greater Manchester average scores for student-rated
performance in teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation
and management and personal development, as well as overall satisfaction.
- The University has seen a continuous improvement in their overall performance; improving
their scores by one percent for two years running.
- Bolton will open a new facility in 2012, ‘Bolton One’, which will give students
access to a whole range of new teaching and research services, as well as a 25-metre
swimming pool, gym, sports hall and on-campus health service.
- At Bolton, students are not just a number. Students study at a modern, compact campus
and learn in small teaching groups, where tutors have an open door policy.
Practical, professional training built into the University of Bolton programmes gives
Bolton graduates a distinct advantage in the workplace.
- Many Bolton students are exposed to new employment opportunities by working on ‘live’
projects for businesses during their study or through course-related placement.
- The University has special links with a number of International Professional Bodies,
which provide exciting international career opportunities for students.
- Preparing students for their future careers is a key strategic goal for the University.
All students are now expected to attain 10 core employability skills, developed
by the University in consultation with employers, to ensure students meet employers’
- University of Bolton students quickly move into graduate employment or further study.
They are within the top five universities in the region for the number of students
who find graduate-level jobs or carry on with their education six months after graduation
(Times Good University Guide 2008).
- Over half of the University’s first degree graduates obtained first class or upper
second degree classifications.
- The University provides on-going support for fast rising professionals in a variety
of sectors; ensuring that both new and old students maintain the cutting-edge skills
needed to keep them at the top within their specialised sectors.
Variety of Courses
The University of Bolton offer a broad academic portfolio with courses ranging from
access and foundation level to undergraduate certificates, diplomas, degrees and
postgraduate masters and doctorates.
- The University of Bolton has four academic faculties offering an exciting and innovative
range of professional development courses. The schools offering courses are the:
School of Arts, Media and Education, School of the Built Environment and Engineering,
School of Business and Creative Technologies and School of Health and Social Sciences.
- Bolton offers a full and challenging range of courses, from HNDs and Foundation
degrees to Undergraduate, Masters, MPhil and PhD research degrees. There are also
continuing Professional Development and short courses on offer.
- The University also offers a range of pre-degree and FE courses including access
and foundation qualifications that prepare students to study at undergraduate level.
- Bolton offers a number of niche programmes to suit specific and specialised interests,
including textiles and computer games.
- The University of Bolton has strong relationships with both public and private sector
organisations. This includes working with a regional SME to improve their competitive
edge or collaborating with international, multi-million pound research programmes.
- The University has two intakes a year, one in January and one in September, in order
to offer students maximum flexibility.
The University has one campus (Deane Campus) is located within walking distance
of Bolton town centre. Campus life offers students a bright range of facilities,
including an impressive Students’ Union, sports and recreation services and plenty
of places to eat and relax.
The town of Bolton itself is a great location for university students to be based.
It has excellent shopping and leisure facilities and is on the doorstep of the beautiful
Pennine countryside. The town has plenty of history and is home to hundreds of listed
buildings, a spectacular Town Hall as well as an Art Gallery and Museum. Bolton
is vibrant by day and night, with its numerous green areas for relaxing and cosmopolitan
bars and night clubs for livelier evenings. Furthermore, the internationally renowned
cultural, sporting and retail cities of Manchester and Liverpool are less than an
Bolton has excellent motorway and rail links to major cities. The Lake District,
West Pennine Moors and the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach, whilst Blackpool
is just an hour away. As well as this, Manchester airport is only 20 miles from