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How to apply?

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

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the Course Enquiries Team on 0161 295 4545 (choose option 1) or

The majority of our undergraduate applications are via UCAS, however there are some exceptions. The normal closing date for UCAS applications for September entry is 15 January (although if you are at school or college, they may ask you to fill it in earlier to give them time to prepare your reference). Applications received after this date may still be considered if the course is not full. If you apply late you are advised to check the UCAS website for course availability first.

To find out more, please see the information given below:

Don't worry - there's still time to apply for courses starting in September 2018.

UCAS applications close 30 June; however some courses may already be full, so check with our Enquiries team on 0161 295 4545 or alternatively search for your course on the UCAS website.

Here are your options:

1. If you have not submitted your application yet you can still apply through UCAS in the same way as all other applicants. Because you have missed the 15 January deadline, we cannot guarantee that your application will be considered, but we will still accept the application. If you’d like to talk to us about this before submitting an application, please contact the Enquiries team.

2. If you've submitted five choices and are not holding any offers, you can apply to study with us via UCAS Extra, which offers many students another chance to secure their perfect course before Clearing opens. UCAS Extra is available between 25 February and 30 June and you can apply to one course at a time. If you’re eligible to apply through UCAS Extra, you will be able to see this option as a button when you login to UCAS Track. You can see which of our courses are available in UCAS Extra by using UCAS course search. Please note you may be required to pay a fee to use UCAS Extra.

3. If you've already applied via UCAS but you've submitted fewer than five choices and haven't accepted a place, you can still add more choices to bring your total up to five. We consider applications received after the deadline on first come first served basis, so some courses may start to fill up and you should aim to have your application with us as soon as possible.

From A level to Access to HE diplomas to International Baccalaureate – our entry requirements are wide and varied and we recognise a wide range of qualifications from around the world.

If you are a UK applicant leaving school or college we accept the following qualifications:

  • A/AS level
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher
  • 14 to 19 Advanced Diplomas
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Awards
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma

We’re committed to widening access to higher education for all sections of the community and so are as flexible as possible in our admissions policy.


You can apply online via the UCAS website. Your school or college should help you to access this service, and will give you a buzzword which you will need to register. You can also use the service if you’re applying independently in the UK and overseas.

Take some time to check your online application before you submit it. It’s important that you take care when completing the 'choices' section and use the correct institution codes and programme codes.

You can apply for up to five programmes, so make sure you think through your options carefully before applying. Also check that the 'education' section displays your correct qualification details. You should then forward your application on to your referee, who will check your application, provide the reference and forward the application to UCAS. If you are applying independently, you will be responsible for obtaining and adding the reference yourself.

It costs £23 to apply for two-five choices. If, however, you wish to only apply to the University of Salford and you are only applying for one programme, you may use a single entry at a fee of £12. You may pay online using a credit or debit card, or alternatively if you are applying from your school or college they may choose to be invoiced.

You can follow the progress of your application 24 hours a day, seven days a week using UCAS Track by logging on to

If you experience any difficulties with Apply you should contact the UCAS Customer Services team:
T +44 (0)871 468 0468

If you would like further help from the University, please contact:

Central Admissions
T: 0161 295 4545

All applications should be made via the UCAS website, except for:

  • applications for part-time courses and BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • applications for the International Foundation Year
  • applications for post qualifying Health and Social care courses and single modules
  • applications for International and the Graduate Certificate in Management (GCIM)

If the above applies to you, please see the ‘Alternative application process’ section on this page for more details of how to apply.

When applying, make sure you use the correct codes:

Salford institution code name: SALF

Salford institution code: S03

Campus code: there are no campus codes at Salford - leave this blank

We will start receiving applications for entry in autumn 2018 from early September 2017

The normal closing date for applications is 15 January 2018 (although if you are at school or college, they may ask you to fill it in earlier to give them time to prepare your reference). Applications received after this date may still be considered if the course is not full. If you apply late, please check the UCAS website for course availability first.

UCAS Extra: 25 February – 4 July 2018

Clearing starts: 5 July 2018

A level results: 16 August 2018


If you would like to apply for our 2016/17 International Foundation Year download and complete the application form.

You should then email it to or post the completed form to the address on the front cover of the form.

NOTE: Together with the form, you will also need to send us a photocopy of the identity page of your passport and proof of your current level of English.


If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system:

If you are self-funding or your workplace is funding your course or single module, please complete the appropriate application form below and send directly to the University. Full details on who to send the form to are included on the form. If workplace funded, you will also need to supply a letter  from your Trust stating that they will be funding your study.



Download Undergraduate Application Form (please note you will need to provide two references)


Download Postgraduate Application Form (please note you will need to provide two references)


We welcome applications from international students. Applicants from outside the United Kingdom must apply through UCAS.

Students from the following countries should submit their applications to UCAS through the appropriate overseas office in London as listed in the UCAS Handbook: Cyprus, Guyana, India, Luxembourg, Thailand. Applicants from other countries should send their applications direct to UCAS. (Salford participates in the British Council Education Promotion Service and advisers are available in your local British Council Office).

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Management should be made by completing the undergraduate application form and returned to the address on the form. For more information, see our section specifically for international students.


If you are currently studying a Foundation Degree at one of our Partner Colleges and wish to top up your award to an Honours Degree, you should apply directly to the University by completing our Undergraduate Studies direct application form.

Information on the courses available to you to apply for are available from staff at your College.

Writing your personal statement is a key part of the UCAS application process, but we know that it can sometimes feel like a daunting task.
Here are our top five tips for a winning personal statement…


Start to prepare your personal statement early on. Without thinking about a structure, it will be harder for you to collect and organise your thoughts later on. Begin with a mind map, noting down anything you think might be relevant, such as your skills, qualities, likes, dislikes and experience. Formulate this into a plan, and use your plan to help structure your first draft.

2. capture the attention of the reader

Capture the attention of the reader with a sharp introduction; use positive language to show them you’re enthusiastic about your chosen subject. The main section of your statement should demonstrate what you have learned from the experiences you are writing about, and how this is relevant to the course you want to study. Tell the reader about your skills and qualities, and how these contribute to your understanding of the subject.


Your work experience and interests are also important, as this can highlight why you’re the perfect student for the course. Universities want to know that you’ll become an active member of the student community, not just succeed academically. Are you part of a club, do you play any sports, or have an unusual hobby?  Make sure you mention these here. Remember; entry requirements are transparent, you and your experiences are unique.


Conclude your personal statement by summarising your key strengths, and reiterate that you are ready (both socially and academically) for university life. Be confident, keep it positive, and really sell yourself.


Remember that you have a limited number of words, so be clear and concise – don’t waffle! Don’t expect your first draft to be perfect; ask a teacher or careers advisor to check over it for you so that your spelling and grammar are spot on.

At the University of Salford we believe that everyone should be able to achieve their full potential.

If you’ve been out of education for a while, want to further your career or simply want to study in a field that you’re passionate about, the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) could be for you.

How can I apply?

  • Submit your course application as you would normally through UCAS.
  • We will then recommend you to SAES if you’re eligible (you’ll be notified of this recommendation via UCAS or by our admissions team getting in touch with you).  

Successful applicants will be contacted through SAES about an assessment. 

There are two different entry routes depending on your course. If the course you’re studying is related to Business and Law, Health Sciences, Environment & Life Sciences or Arts & Media, you will be assessed through Accreditation for Prior Learning. If the course you’re studying is related to Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, Computing, Science & Engineering or the Built Environment, you will be assessed through a MSAP-UK test.

For further information about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme, please see our dedicated SAES webpage.

Part-time applications are made directly to the University. If you want to apply to study a part-time undergraduate qualification please contact our Course Enquiries Service on 0161 295 4545 for more information.

You’ll need to complete an Undergraduate Studies direct application form.

Please note you will need to provide two references.

If you’re applying for one of our accelerated courses in the School of the Built Environment, these applications are made through UCAS. This applies to both the full-time and the day-release versions of the course, with durations of two or three years respectively. Only the standard part-time courses of five years’ duration require direct applications.

Policy statement on equality and diversity

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.  


If you have been dissatisfied with our admissions process please follow our admissions complaints procedure.