Postgraduate Courses

Stand out from the crowd.

Stand out from the crowd.

A Postgraduate degree will help you advance your knowledge in your chosen field, and is a great way to get noticed by the best employers after graduation.

Continuing your studies is something you may be considering, and while Postgraduate study can be challenging at times, it can also be extremely exhilarating and rewarding.

Unlocking countless opportunities, a Postgraduate degree is a great way to up your earning potential too. It could help you to make an extra £200k across your career than you would with an undergraduate degree.

Sound good to you? Read on to find out why you should study a Postgraduate degree at the University of Bolton.


Our priority is to ensure you enjoy your time at University, are supported and leave ready to thrive in your chosen career.

From our continued multi-million-pound campus investments to our focus on employability skills and opportunities, there are numerous reasons why Bolton ranked in the top 5 for student satisfaction in the North West of England (Complete University Guide 2020). Let us give you an overview:

  1. Passionate lecturers who are focused on providing a positive, productive and supportive student experience
  2. When it comes to our facilities we have state-of-the-art equipment, including Bolton One, a £31 million health, leisure and retail centre, our £13 million National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME), £4.8 million Centre of Dental Sciences and £4 million Institute of Management Greater Manchester
  3. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited by official bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and more
  4. We have great connections with many employers, both locally and nationally, including the NHS, Ministry of Defence and Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
  5. To ensure you have the perfect learning experience, we keep our class sizes small. This helps to maximise the time you get to spend with your tutors to ensure you get the most out of your time here
  6. Finally, it’s a great place to be with a wealth of amenities in Bolton for you to take advantage of, and the UK’s second city, Manchester, just 20 minutes away by train

At Bolton, you are known by your name, not your student number; welcome to #UniAsItShouldBe.

International students who are interested in studying a Postgraduate course should apply via the online application form. This can be done via a University of Bolton representative or agent in your country.

To find out more information, please visit our international applicant’s webpages, where you’ll find all the information and contacts you’ll need.

You can also contact our International Team on +44 (0)1204 903 110 or

All Postgraduate courses are applied for by completing the University’s online application form. To do this you simply need to find the course you wish to study, select the ‘How to Apply’ tab and follow the instructions.

Following this, the selection process will begin with applications being considered by the University’s admissions tutor in the relevant school or research centre. Interviews may take place depending on the course you’ve applied for followed by an offer or rejection.

To apply for these courses, you need to hold a 2.1 honours degree or approved equivalent relating to your area of study.

Contact the relevant research coordinator to discuss the specialism and nature of the research you wish to undertake. Following this, if everything appears to be fine, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the person specified on the form.

All applicants will be required to take part in an interview before offers are made.

Learn more about the Research programmes here.

We run a wide range of Postgraduate courses in the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Built Environment & Civil Engineering
  • Business & Accounting
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Islamic Finance
  • Law
  • Nursing, Health & Social Care
  • Psychology
  • Sport Science

Finding one couldn’t be easier with our ‘Course Search’, which you can find here.

While all of the above may sound perfect, you’re probably wondering one thing. How much does it cost?

While each Postgraduate course will vary in terms of cost, depending on what you’re studying, there is a selection of loans and scholarships that you can apply for. These include:

Government funding

Alongside Student Finance England, the Government may be able to help you cover your tuition and university costs.

If you live in England, you could be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) of up to £10,609. This would be paid directly to you and can be used to cover tuition and living costs.

To be eligible for this, you must be studying either a taught or research Masters Course on campus or via distance learning.

To find out if you are eligible, please visit the student finance page.

University of Bolton Scholarships

We offer two scholarships to those looking to study Postgraduate courses, which are both cash awards that you won’t need to pay back. These are:

Alumni Loyalty Discount

This is awarded to both full and part-time UK and EU Masters students, regardless of financial means who go on to study a University of Bolton Taught Masters Course, having completed an undergraduate Higher Education (H.E.) course of study or PGCE/PGDE/PDE/Cert Ed at the University of Bolton.

This is a £1,000 tuition fee waiver made of the anticipated duration of the course. Find out more here.

Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship

Offering £1,500 towards tuition fees to successful applicants. This is for exceptional students studying a full-time taught Masters degree and requires you to have a First-Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU institution.-

100 Year Anniversary of the Great War Award

Offered to students who’ve spent three years or more in military services for the British Armed Forces, this can be used for Postgraduate studies, depending on eligibility.

This is a cash reward of £1,500 over the duration of your studies.

For more information, including terms and conditions and how to apply for scholarships, please visit our Scholarships & Bursaries page or contact the team on +44 (0)1204 903 499 or

If you want to find out more, why not take advantage of one of our Postgraduate Open Days and Course Advice Days!

These days allow you to meet with the tutors from each faculty and talk to them about the courses you’re interested in. This will give you the chance to ask any questions and discover if the courses are right for you.

From learning about the course content and assessment methods to discovering the hours expected of part-time students, our tutors will be more than happy to help.

It’ll also give you the chance to check out all the great facilities on our friendly campus, as well as enjoy several presentations and tours, where you can find out more about career paths, scholarships and the Postgraduate options available.

We have Open Days throughout the year, which you can discover and book here.

For more information, please call the team on +44 (0)1204 903 807 or email

Stand out from the crowd with our postgraduate courses

A Postgraduate degree will help you advance your knowledge in your chosen field, and is a great way to get noticed by the best employers after graduation.


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