Doctoral School. Become world-class.


Doctoral School

Becoming a world-class researcher is challenging yet rewarding. It takes amazing dedication, incredibly hard work and a lot of support. 

So whether you’re a current or prospective research degree candidate, our Doctoral School is here to give you that support. 

As part of our vibrant and diverse research community, you’ll be guided by our highly trained supervisors and helped by a team of skilled administrators, researcher developers and managers all focused on enabling your success.

And because we understand that your research journey is as unique as you are, we tailor our training and development opportunities to your needs, helping you become the best researcher that you can possibly be, thinking across disciplines, working with industry and delivering research with real world impact.

We provide an imaginative range of social activities and a distinctive programme of research specific seminars, well-being workshops and conference style development days. So you’ll gain exposure to lots of new thinking and future opportunities, while we help you make friends, build your network, develop your resilience and rise to the challenge of becoming world-class.

All of which means that by the time you come to leave us, whether to continue your career in academia or take up a senior role in industry, you can take that next step with confidence.  

It’s an exciting time for research at the University of Salford. 


Your Training and Development

We offer a wide range of training and support designed to meet your specific needs.

Case Studies

Career routes and case studies

Take a look at some of the fascinating research being carried out by our doctoral candidates, and discover how their findings have made real world impact.

High quality supervision

Research supervision is a demanding and complex role. 

So to ensure that you receive the highest standards of supervisory support, we have invested significantly in the development of a sector leading, supervisor training programme. 

To be eligible to supervise research, our academic staff must successfully complete this programme and are required to refresh their skills every three years. 

Our Supervisor Network supports and develops best practice, offering opportunities for supervisors to meet and discuss topics with other members of the supervisory community. We are also actively involved in the new national supervisor accreditation scheme, and are piloting this with our supervisors as early adopters of The Research Supervision Recognition Programme

Find a supervisor by searching our researcher profiles.



Depending on the qualification and study path that you choose, it can take up to seven years to gain your qualification.

Undertaking a postgraduate research degree is a major commitment of time and effort and we want to make sure that you are happy and focused enough to successfully complete it. 

However we appreciate that life events can sometimes lead to the need to either interrupt or extend your research and, should such need arise, the Doctoral School will support you in any way we can.

Below is an example of a typical timeline for a full-time PhD. For details of the timeline for all other study modes, have a look at our student journey guide.

Image shows the process for students on the 3 year Doctoral programme

Fees and funding

As a postgraduate research student, you will need to pay annual tuition fees. These vary according to the programme you are studying. 

We offer a range of scholarships and discounts to our postgraduate research students. 

How to apply

Before applying for a research degree, you'll need to gather some information as the process centres around your research proposal. To help you along the way, we've outlined important dates, required information, tips on constructing your proposals and the contact information for each school's Admission team.

Contact Us

To find out more about the Doctoral School please contact the relevant subject area from the list below.

Science, Engineering and Environment
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 3482
Alternative Phone: +44 (0)161 295 6435
Health and Society
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 2280
Alternative Phone: +44 (0)161 295 4148
Arts, Media and Creative Technology
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 6435
Business School
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 2711

You can also contact individual central PGR support team members by using the following details