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.

In addition to this, 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

The Doctoral School offers 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

Professor Will Swan

Finally our Supervisor of the Year award showcases and celebrates the excellence in supervisory practice at Salford. In 2019, our research students made over 100 nominations, and our winning supervisor, Professor Will Swan shared his approach at our awards ceremony 

“I can confidently say he is an amazing individual who is very dedicated, supportive and highly interested in ensuring the professional development of my research.”

“Will is a fantastic support who knows the doctoral and PhD process inside out. He is an inspiration to my research and is a great mentor. I would recommend Will Swan to any new researcher to lead them through what at first seems a daunting process.”

“Will is no pushover. He makes you work from day one, which is absolutely necessary, but not fun… but I see now how beneficial that is to the process. I am immensely grateful to him for taking me on and plan to stay in touch with him throughout my career.”

“He is knowledgeable, patient, friendly and supportive.”



Depending on the qualification and study path that you choose, it can take up to 7 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.

Fees and Funding

For further information visit our Fees and Funding and How to Apply web pages.

'Learn' sign within Clifford Whitworth Library

Contact us

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

Computing, Science and Engineering
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 6435
Environment and Life Sciences
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 3482
Built Environment
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 3482
Health and Society
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 2280
Alternative Phone: +44 (0)161 295 4148
Arts and Media
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