University of Salford Manchester

Applying for a research degree

To apply for your postgraduate research place, you will need to complete our online application form. You will need to have at hand your supporting documents ready to upload when you start the online application. We have four entry points: 1st October, 1st January, 1st April and 1st July. Please submit your application with a minimum of six weeks before the date you are aiming to register.

English Language Requirements

If you have not yet taken an English Language test please note that availability of these and the time taken to receive certificates of results can vary depending on the time of year. For further information and to check timescales and availability please visit:

IELTS - http://www.ielts.org/
Pearson Test of English Academic - www.pearsonpte.com/testme

For details of other English Language tests accepted for the UKVI, please visit:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf

Guide to submitting your application

  1. When you first enter the online application you will be asked to create an account
  2. You will then receive an email with your login PIN and password
  3. You can re-enter and complete your application at times convenient to you
  4. Fill in application details – using the guidance within the form
  5. Upload your supporting documents
  6. Once you have submitted your application you can print a copy of your application. However you cannot re-enter and make any changes at this stage

What happens next?

  • When you submit your online application you will receive and acknowledgement by email
  • You’ll be notified of the outcome of your application in writing.
  • If you have any questions about the progress of your application please email admissions

Relevant work experience

We try to make applying to Salford as flexible and straightforward as possible.

We’re not just interested in exams you’ve passed and certificates you’ve collected. If you’ve gained enough relevant work experience – paid or voluntary – we’ll take that into account through our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) schemes.

How to prepare a research proposal

The research proposal is a crucial part of your application.

You should discuss your proposal with the Postgraduate Research Admissions Contact of the School to which you are applying, to make sure you understand what is expected in your subject area.

When submitting an application, make sure that the specialist area you wish to study is covered by a member of staff at the University:

  • Check individual staff entries on the Research Centre sites that relate to your area
  • Explore staff profiles and check current research interests
  • Take note of the relevant Research Administrator listed below you will need it when completing your online application

October 2016        

Last application date                        

12 August 2016                        

Last date for meeting conditions of offer                        

9 September 2016                        

Last date for submission of bank statements                          

NOTE - Please allow time for checking of bank statements.                        

If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline of 14/09/16 BUT has an issue which requires further investigation, the applicant may be deferred to the next intake.                        

14September 2016                        

Last date for issuing a CAS                        

16 September 2016                        

Induction and Registration Week                        

03 – 14 October 2016                        

Last Registration date                        

14 October 2016                        

Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next available intake.        

January 2017        

Last application date                        

28 October 2016                        

Last date for meeting conditions of offer                        

25 November 2016                        

Last date for submission of bank statements                          

NOTE - Please allow time for checking of bank statements.                        

If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline of 21/12/16 BUT has an issue which requires further investigation, the applicant may be deferred to the next intake.                        

30 November 2016                        

Last date for issuing a CAS                        

02 December 2016                        

Induction and Registration                        

02 - 13 January 2017                        

Last Registration date                        

13 January 2017                        

Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next available intake.        

April 2017        

Last application date                        

03 February 2017                        

Last date for meeting conditions of offer                        

03 March 2017                        

Last date for submission of bank statements                          

NOTE - Please allow time for checking of bank statements.                        

If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline of 22/03/2017 BUT has an issue which requires further investigation, the applicant may be deferred to the next intake.                        

08 March 2017                        

Last date for issuing a CAS                        

10 March 2017                        

Induction and Registration                        

03 April 2017 –  14 April 2017                        

Last registration date                        

14 April 2017                        

Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next available intake.        

July 2017        

Last application date                        

05 May 2017                        

Last date for meeting conditions of offer                        

02 June 2017                        

Last date for submission of bank statements                          

NOTE - Please allow time for checking of bank statements.                        

If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline of 28/06/17 BUT has an issue which requires further investigation, the applicant may be deferred to the next intake.                        

07 June 2017                        

Last date for issuing a CAS                        

09 June 2017                        

Induction and Registration                        

03 July  - 14 July 2017                        

Last registration date                        

14 July 2017                        

Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next available intake.        

October 2017        

Last application date                        

04 August 2017                        

Last date for meeting conditions of offer                        

25 August 2017                        

Last date for submission of bank statements                          

NOTE - Please allow time for checking of bank statements.                        

If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline of 20/07/17 BUT has an issue which requires further investigation, the applicant may be deferred to the next intake.                        

30 August 2017                        

Last date for issuing a CAS                        

01 September 2017                        

Induction and Registration Week                        

02 October 2017 – 13 October 2017                        

Last Registration date                        

13 October 2017

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

What is ATAS?

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a scheme run by the UK government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The scheme is aimed primarily at specific postgraduate research areas, but also includes a number of taught Masters and four-year undergraduate Masters programmes.

ATAS is compulsory for international student visa applications on these applicable courses. It is required for new, current and returning international students in specific areas of study. The ATAS application is made online, before applying for your visa, and is free of charge. It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you. The FCO undertakes to process applications within a minimum of 20 working days (i.e 4 weeks) of the submission of an application for ATAS clearance. For further information please visit: http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/ATASApply online now

Bench Fees

Some schools also need to charge a additional bench fee to help cover lab costs and field trips.

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

  • Band 1 - No Bench Fee 
  • Band 2 - £1000 one off fee in the second year (added to the second year's fees) 
  • Band 3 - £1000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 4 - £2000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 5 - £4000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research)

School of Environment and Life Sciences

  • Band 1 - No Bench Fee 
  • Band 2 - £1,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 3 - £3,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 4 - £5,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 5 - £7,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 6 - £9,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research)

School of Health Sciences

Bench fees will be agreed and can be within a set range dependent on requirements of the programme of study.
They may also be set on a yearly basis such that bench fees may be applicable from one to three years.

  • Band 1 - No Bench Fee 
  • Band 2 - £1000 one-off fee 
  • Band 3 - £1000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 4 - £2000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 5 - £4000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research)

Postgraduate Research Admissions Contact

School of Arts & Media

Dr Jo Scott
T +44 (0)161 295 2851

PGR Support: Emma Sutton pgr-supportSAM@salford.ac.uk

Salford Business School

Dr Kathy Hartley
T +44 (0)161 295 2122
K.A.Hartley@salford.ac.uk

PGR Support: Michelle Jones
pgr-supportSBS@salford.ac.uk

School of the Built Environment

PGR Support: Cheryl Batleypgr-supportSOBE@salford.ac.uk

School of Health Sciences

PGR support: Emma Sutton
pgr-supportHS@salford.ac.uk

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

PGR Support: Louise Brown
pgr-supportNMSWSS@salford.ac.uk

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

PGR Support: Catriona Nardone

School of Environment & Life Sciences

PGR Support: Catriona Nardone

Equality and Diversity policy statement

The University is committed to and strives for equality of opportunity for all its students and staff (existing and prospective) and will recognise and celebrate their diversity. For this statement and strategy to be made a reality, effective leadership and management will be provided and a corresponding commitment sought from every member of staff and all the student body. In practice this means that we:

  • Are committed to providing an environment where all people are respected and treated fairly regardless of irrelevant characteristics or distinctions;
  • Will develop a culture in which diversity is celebrated;
  • Will not discriminate unfairly or illegally against anyone and will take positive action to promote equality, diversity and fair access;
  • Embed equality and diversity at the heart of our mission and values; this will include taking action against individuals who behave in a discriminatory manner.