University of Bolton
Welcome to University of Bolton
The University of Bolton was founded in 1824 as a mechanics institute and, almost 200 years later, in 2005, it was granted university status. It now has a student body of around 14,000 postgraduate and undergraduate students; with around 9,000 of those living onsite it's a perfect environment for a tightly-knit community.
The main university campus is situated five minutes from Bolton's town centre and is modern and compact with plenty of brand new facilities. There's also an international campus in the United Arab Emirates, providing ample opportunities to gain experience abroad.
There's an array of courses to choose from in both traditional and vocational fields; plus five research centres are based on campus investigating areas like cybernetics, health and wellbeing, and renewable energy.
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Courses and fees
The University of Bolton has a wide selection of postgraduate and undergraduate courses covering bachelors, masters and foundation degrees, doctorates, and diplomas. Bolton's modular degree programme means that you can combine subjects to suit your interests or needs. Many courses are vocationally orientated, featuring close links with industry and commerce. Typical offers for undergraduate courses usually ask for between 240 and 300 UCAS points.
There are three faculties at the University of Bolton: the Faculty of Advanced Engineering and Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies, and the Faculty of Well Being and Social Sciences.
The faculties teach courses in traditional subjects like Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Computing, Education, Engineering, Law, and Mathematics, creative subjects like Animation, Art & Design, Media, English and Creative Writing, Games Design, Photography, and Website Development, and health related subjects like Nursing, Psychology, and Sports Science.
There are also five research centres: Business, Logistics and Information Systems Research Centre; the Institute of Materials Research and Innovation; the Institute of Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies; the Institute for Educational Cybernetics; and the Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing.
The university has its own specialist campus based in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates which offers courses in Built Environment, Engineering, Business, and Computing. You can study here for part of your course, or you can also participate on the Erasmus Scheme which lets you study part of your course in a partner European institution.
The tuition fees for full time undergraduate courses are £9,000. The cost is £11,250 per year for international students.
For information on the cost of postgraduate degrees contact the university who can tell you exactly how much it will cost.
The University of Bolton has recently undergone a major redevelopment, adding facilities in 2012 such as a £100,000 practice law court, the £31 million purpose-built health, leisure and research facility "Bolton One", and a £10 million media suite including dark rooms, Mac suites and SFX labs.
Future developments include a University Technical College and a purpose-built Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering planned for 2015.
The main campus is based in Bolton city centre, just a few minutes from Bolton's railway station and main shopping centre. A lively place to study, you'll never be short of things to do here with plenty of pubs, clubs and other attractions to immerse yourself in.
Library and study facilities
The library at the University of Bolton is open to students 24/7 during term time and has more than 180,000 books on offer plus audio-visual materials, group study rooms and printing facilities. Each subject area has its own subject librarian who is specially equipped to help you find what you need.
Wireless internet access is available throughout the university and a self-service laptop loan scheme is also available. There's more than 500 PCs and Macs across campus for you to use plus timetabled and open-access 24/7 computer suites so you can be sure that you'll always be able to find a computer to use at a time to suit you.
The Careers Service offers impartial advice and practical guidance on a range of employment issues, such as tax, wages and becoming self employed. They work with local and national employers, as well as agencies and other graduate recruiters, to source the latest opportunities for students.
There's a bistro cafe on-site as well as two coffee shops and the student union bar. The student union also runs a shop which sells stationary, food and clothing; a cash machine is on campus.
The students' union not only organises social events, it also helps you should you have any concerns during your time at the University of Bolton. The main highlights on the events calendar is Fresher's Week and the annual International Evening - an event which, alongside the union's thriving International Society, highlights the university's emphasis on cultural diversity.
There's plenty of societies already run by the students' union; but student's are heavily encouraged to get involved themselves, either by joining the union and helping to run it or by setting up their own society with the union's help.
The Bolton One facility is a new £31m health, leisure and research centre which has a multi-sports hall, a 50ft climbing wall and a Sports and Spinal Injuries Clinic - as well as an eight-lane, 25-metre competition swimming pool and a therapeutic hydrotherapy pool. There's also a fitness suite, an aerobics studio and a community gym within Bolton One.
The centre is also home to the Student Union's indoor sports clubs.
Medical and welfare services
Within the Bolton One centre is an NHS health centre where you can register to see a GP or see a nurse about health issues. The welfare team at the University of Bolton also offers a range of services to students including counselling, student advisors, mentoring, and chaplaincy.
The University of Bolton offers a comprehensive financial support service, which includes a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students on full-time or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate, courses - full details of which can be explored here.
Many of the Scholarships and bursaries award those who excel academically and can help those who may struggle financially. The University of Bolton takes part in the National Scholarship Programme which provides finding to students who come from a low-income background.
There are two purpose built halls at the University of Bolton which provide 700 spaces for students. Each hall is self-catered, and all first year students will get priority for places; for the past six years Bolton have been able to accommodate all first year students that submitted an application before August. For the 2014/15 the cost of both accommodation options is £2,983, and this covers a period of 38 weeks and includes the Easter and Christmas vacations. It also includes the costs of heating, lighting, hot water and the internet.
Both halls are close to the town centre and rail and road links are nearby. There are facilities for disabled students, laundries and extensive free parking at each hall. Staff are available throughout the day and evening to give information and advice on domestic matters and there is a 24 hour security patrol service.
There is also a selection of privately owned accommodation the university can help you find, and there are also designated Quiet Halls should you prefer to study and live in a quiet haven. There are facilities for disabled students, laundries and extensive free parking at each hall.
This hall consists of more than 380 single bedrooms which are divided into eight blocks. It's just a short distance from the main university campus and is close to Bolton's railway station, giving you great transport links to the rest of the country. There's also a common room in the village, where you can socialise with your fellow students.
The Hollins has more than 300 rooms spread across three blocks and is situated on campus grounds, meaning you won't have to go far each morning!
There are a variety of Open Days as well as Course Advice Days which take place throughout the year at the University of Bolton to help you make an informed decision over whether it's the right place for you. You can find out more about the courses and campus facilities - including the Library, the Sports Centre, the Halls of Residence and the Students' Union - as well as the accommodation on offer and what the town of Bolton itself is like. To find out what happens on an open day at Bolton, visit here.
The open days for 2015 take place on:
- Friday 14th August
- Saturday 15th August
- Wednesday 2nd September
- Saturday 17th October
- Saturday 21st November
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Saturday 26th November 2016
- All faculties
The university has two trimesters per year. The 2015/16 dates were as follows:
- Semester 1: 21 September 2015 - 22 January 2016
- Semester 2: 25 January - 27 May 2016
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