University of Bolton

Bolton, England


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. Around 70% of its students come from Bolton and the North West region. It ranked 85 out of 121 institutions in the newly released table.

The university is a member of the North West Universities Association, Universities UK and Million+.

The University of Bolton traces its origins back to 1825 with the founding of Bolton Mechanics’ Institute. In 1887 the Committee of the Mechanics’ Institute decided that the town’s apprentices required technical instruction for the rapidly expanding engineering advances being made at the turn of the nineteenth century. This resulted in the creation of the new Technical School with student numbers rising to more than 1,500.

In 1926 Bolton Technical School became a college. Fifteen years later a new building was opened offering a wide range of technical education choices, with engineering the most popular. Numbers rose to 5,750 students attending more than 1,000 classes. In 1964 Bolton Technical College and Bolton Institute of Technology were divided into two separate organisations. A J Jenkinson was Principal of the Technical College, Bolton College of Education (Technical) and then the first Principal of Bolton Institute of Technology.

Bolton Institute of Higher Education was formed in 1982 by the merger of the Bolton Institute of Technology (or simply Bolton Institute) and Bolton College of Education (Technical). The first principal of BIHE was John McKenzie who was succeeded by Bob Oxtoby who began the campaign for university status.

An £8.3 million extension project began in 1991 with the purchase of the former Eagle Factory. Bolton Institute was awarded the right to award taught degrees in 1992, with the powers to award research degrees in 1995. In 1998 Mollie Temple became the third principal and successfully led the institution to achieve university status in 2004.

The university is primarily situated on an urban campus between Deane Road and Derby Street in Bolton. There are two halls of residence, although the university intends to relocate all services on to a single site in the centre of Bolton. There is an academic centre in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

126 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 2004
Size Medium
6,425 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, CAE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for courses starting from September

Cost and Scholarships

£ 6,425
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



High Achievement Bursary
Total Worth up to a maximum of £2,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements U.K. and E.U. residents only who are studying their first full-time undergraduate programme. Students must achieve a minimum 128 UCAS points at A2 Level from an OFS approved qualification such as: A-level (ABB+) from maximum of three subjects BTEC NQF Qualifications (DDM) or equivalent from maximum of three subjects A combination of A-levels and BTECs is acceptable Applicants must also meet the general entry requirements for the University and the specific course to which they are applying. All qualifications must be verified by UCAS or by the University. Students must have selected a relevant course at University of Bolton as first choice through UCAS by ‘Decline by Default’ (May or June 2019). All students must have commenced on the first year of a relevant full-time undergraduate course of study at University of Bolton.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Stoller Scholarship
Total Worth £1,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements Full-time UK and EU students commencing on the first year of an undergraduate full-time course of study at University of Bolton in the 2019/20 academic year. The course must be delivered at the University of Bolton and not at a partner or franchise partner college. Students must be publicly funded via the Student Loans Company or self-funded and not sponsored by a third party for example an employer. At the time immediately preceding enrolment with the university students must reside at home addresses within the following postcodes in the Oldham area: OL1, OL2, OL3, OL4, OL8, OL9, or M35.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline September 27
International Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth £5000
Eligibility and Requirements Available to international students joining bachelors, taught masters and research masters study
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --