At the University of Bolton we are a community of professionals committed to developing our students for their professional lives. Ask our students and they will tell you it's the high levels of support, in and out of academic study, that makes the University of Bolton stand out.

With a student body of around 9,000 you will get the best of all worlds at Bolton – learning at a university where no one feels anonymous, in a thriving town close to the big cities of Manchester and Liverpool.

Our teaching quality has consistently won the highest ratings possible from the Government's quality control agency and we have professional accreditation for more than 30 of our teaching programmes. We offer a full and challenging range of courses – from HNDs and foundation degrees to undergraduate, masters, MPhil and PhD research degrees. We also have continuing professional development and short courses to offer.

Our staff are highly qualified and many have professional experience.

This is why you should choose Bolton

The Student Community

The University actively encourages applications from all potential students and we are proud of our reputation of being an open, friendly and supportive university.

With a higher than average proportion of disabled students, Bolton is one of the leading universities for supporting students with additional needs. For more information visit our  Disability Service .

The University has one of the most ethnically diverse student populations with around 25% of UK students from ethnic minority communities.

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High expectations

At the University of Bolton we have big ambitions – for our students and for ourselves. Our contribution to learning in Bolton traces back over 150 years. We became the University of Bolton in 2005, but we have a proven track record, delivering and awarding our own degree programmes for more than a decade. We already offer two intakes a year – in September and January – but we will be aiming to create the most flexible learning programmes we can over the next ten years. We are also committed to developing services for our alumni community (graduates and friends of the university) during that timeframe.

More than 70% of our students come from the North West and many are the first from their families to come to university. We believe learning can transform lives, transform communities and we are proud of our achievements in helping individuals and communities achieve.

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Great relationships with employers

The University of Bolton is an enterprising university. That's why relationships with employers are so important to us.

Practical, professional training built into University of Bolton courses gives Bolton graduates a distinct advantage in the workplace. Many are exposed to new employment opportunities by working on 'live' projects for businesses during their study, or through course related placements. Indeed, 79% of our students are studying on courses that lead to a professional or vocational award endorsed by an external body. The relevance of Bolton programmes are maintained through our ongoing work with employers such as Alfred McAlpine, Marks and Spencer, Network Rail, the NHS and Reebok.

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UK Campus Development

In recent years the University has had a major redevelopment programme creating new and exciting facilities for study and recreation. In early 2012 we opened a £100,000 moot Law Court and  Bolton One , our 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  .

2013 has seen the launch of  Bolton Business School   – housing Business, Law and Accountancy, along with the  Centre of Islamic Finance   under one roof. There is also a purpose built Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, to be run in conjunction with RLR motorsports, planned for the future.

To keep up with what is happening at the University of Bolton and the latest news, visit the  media centre . Alternatively to get a feel for university life, you can read our bursary holders  student blogs .

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