By phd | February 12, 2009
University of Bolton began as the Bolton Institute of Higher Education in 1982, when the Bolton Institute of Technology and Bolton College of Education combined. In April 2004 the institution was awarded university status and by September 2004 the name was changed to University of Bolton. Since 1989 the number of degree programs has been expanding, but there was always a special focus on theory and practice which is a uniqueness of the university.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
The Doctorate Degree Programs available at the University of Bolton include; Built Environment, Creative Writing, English, Mathematics, Business Studies, Psychology and a special PhD program for Industrially Based Materials Scientists and Engineers thru the Centre for Materials Research and Innovation. It is also important to point out that apart from their normal route (traditional) PhD, university also offers a PhD by published work under the Centre for Materials Research and Innovation. Some of these programs are available as distance learning or split site PhD. Admission into these doctorate degree programs usually requires a second or first class undergraduate degree and occasionally some experience in the field.
Also, for students whose first language is not English there is a requirement of 6.5 on the IELTS or equivalent. To apply, student needs to submit a filled application form with copies of transcripts along two professional references. After the application is submitted there is an interview and then upon acceptance a formal letter will be sent out.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Duration and Process:
As the initial stage of this process the accepted student will meet with the university faculty to discuss the specific field of study and supervisors. Most programs accept students for MPhil degree which later transfer to PhD. However if you have a Masters Degree in related area of research, your application can be submitted for direct PhD program. On the evidence of progress, MPhil candidates will be transfer to the next of stage of PhD. The final stage of these programs will be working on a research project, research portfolio and thesis for last viva voce. Full time students finish these Doctorate Degree Programs in three years and part-time students five to six.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Financial Assistance:
Most candidates will be accepted on self-funded bases however University of Bolton also offers studentships for their Doctorate Degree Programs. The bursary is available for three years, covers tuition fees at the UK rate, and provides a tax free bursary of up to £ 12, 500 per year.