Fees & Finance

Studying in the UK is one of the most significant financial investments you will make in your lifetime. Therefore we strive to offer you the best value for your money by providing some of the lowest course fees and living costs of any University, by being based in the friendly town of Bolton, Greater Manchester.

We are happy to confirm that fees for international students have been frozen for 2020 (same level of fees as the 2019 academic year). This means that students beginning bachelor's or master's programmes with us from January or September 2020 onwards, will still only pay £12,450 per annum (excluding a small number of courses). You can see the fee information for all our programmes in the course profile. The course finder function is available here.

The tuition fees for Postgraduate research programmes (PhD/MPhil) can also be found at our Research and Graduate School website

If you are unsure what the cost of your prospective course is, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by emailing international@bolton.ac.uk

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International Excellence Scholarships 2020


The University of Bolton is always striving to build upon the strong international community that is already enjoying Bolton life.

To assist future international students, we are proud to announce a number of new International Excellence Scholarships available to full-time self-paying students* joining bachelors, taught masters and research masters study (for January or September 2020).

The maximum level scholarship extends to £5,000 for the duration of 3-year bachelors study and £3,000 for 1 year/18 months masters/PhD study. As a sign of our continued commitment to a globally inclusive campus, all full-time self-paying international students will be eligible to be considered for the Bronze scholarship.

The level of the International Excellence Scholarships is broken down into three bands (Gold, Silver and Bronze) based on the academic ability of the applicant.

*Sponsored students will not be eligible for this scholarship.

*The scholarship entitlement for year 2 and year 3 will be subject to passing all modules in the preceding year

Band Criteria:

Gold – Students with a top quartile (25%) mark in their entry qualification

Silver – Students with a top half (50%) mark in their entry qualification

Bronze – Most international students will be eligible*

*Final assessment of scholarship eligibility will be made by the international office and are made at the discretion of the University. The relevant amount of scholarship will be deducted at point of payment i.e. you will pay the tuition fee minus the scholarship amount. Sponsored students will not be eligible for this scholarship.

These scholarships shall extend to courses starting in January and September 2020. There is no separate application form requirement. International students will be automatically assessed for these scholarships at point of application. The deadline for being considered for these scholarships will follow the same admissions deadlines.

If you wish to know the criteria for a country specific qualification, then please get in touch with the International Team via email: international@bolton.ac.uk.

Alumni Loyalty Discount

International students are eligible to qualify for the Alumni Scholarship Discount if they have previously studied at the University of Bolton. This entitles the award-holder for a £1,000 fee waiver if they meet our criteria. The award is confirmed for both the 2019/20 and the 2020/21 academic year.

The University of Bolton has some of the most affordable student fees in the UK and the cost of living in Bolton is lower than most parts of the UK.

Living costs

Before starting University life, it's important to think about the costs you are likely to face and how to manage your money. Remember, you'll receive your maintenance support in termly instalments, and you will need to budget for on-going costs such as:

  • Accommodation
  • Food and drink
  • Fuel costs
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Leisure
  • Mobile phone
  • Social activities
  • Sports
  • Travel costs
  • TV licence

Full information on our accommodation and associate costs can be found on the accommodation page.

Below is an example of the average cost of living for one academic year, for a full-time student living in the University's Halls of Residence, Orlando Village. Please note if you are living in private accommodation you will need to calculate your total accommodation and transport costs.

Estimated living costs 2020/21
46 weeks
Accommodation Orlando Village (46 week contract)
Food (based on average weekly spend of £30)
Transport (including home visits)
Course related costs
Clothing and footwear
Mobile phone (based on £30 per month for 10 months)
General living expenses including sport/leisure/socialising
TV licence (actually £154.50)
Total annual expenditure (predicted)

* Figures given are estimates only.


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