Research at the University of Bolton is driven by the Teaching Intensive Research Informed (TIRI)  strategy. We offer research in the following academic subject areas based in Academic Schools. Please visit the research web pages in each Academic School for further information about the research themes and the staff research expertise that we provide in each subject area:

Research Subject Areas
Accounting and Business

Art and Design

Built Environment & Civil Engineering

Community Studies

Computer Science



English & Creative Writing

Health & Well-Being

Information Systems

Islamic Finance


Mass Observation and Worktown Studies

Materials, Research & Innovation

Medical, Biomedical and Life Sciences



Sport, Performance, Recovery & Rehab

Sport Sociology and Policy

Theatre and Performance

Renewable Energy & Environmental Technologies 


Research and Graduate School

The Research and Graduate School manages all research degree students and researcher development across the University of Bolton. Our attention is focused on meeting research degree student requirements through comprehenisve researcher development programmes. Read more about the Research and Graduate School.

University of Bolton Institutional Repository (UBIR)

The University of Bolton’s Institutional Repository is called UBIR and is available here. Depositing work in an institutional repository does not preclude making research available via more traditional routes. Rather, it provides an additional means of enabling access to research and, moreover, increases the discoverability of the research, as repositories are indexed by search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. Read more about UBIR here

The Postgraduate Research Students Society

The aim of the Postgraduate Research Students Society (PGRSS) is to bring together research students at the University of Bolton, and share knowledge, information and experience amongst researchers. Read more about the PGRSS here

REF 2014

The University of Bolton is dedicated to delivering world-leading research and applying its discoveries to generating enterprise and outcomes which benefit local communities as well as the knowledge economy. Panel Chairs on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 agreed that six of the seven subjects submitted by the University of Bolton demonstrated world-leading research, whilst the seventh was deemed to be of internationally excellent standard. Read more about the University’s REF 2014 Results.

Research Funding

Applications are invited for the University of Bolton 2018 Jenkinson Awards which are designed to support embryonic research initiatives in the context of TIRI. Read more about the 2018 Jenkinson Awards here