Explore Nursing at Salford

Nursing Student in Facilities

Here at the University of Salford we offer undergraduate and postgraduate pathways onto Adult, Children and Young People and Mental Health Nursing programmes as well as a range of health care related courses. We also offer an Integrated Practice programme in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work. This innovative course will offer you the opportunity to develop the key knowledge, skills and experience required for working in health and social care and specifically with people who have learning disabilities.

Nursing isn’t your average ‘nine-to-five’ job and neither is life as an undergraduate student nurse. 50% of your course will be spent at the University learning essential underpinning theory and 50% will be spent in clinical locations to help you gain vital knowledge and skills to enable you to become a qualified nurse. 

We have increased our capacity for our January 2022 Adult Nursing (MA and BSc) intake by 50 places.
If you are applying to start in January 2022, please apply asap. If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must apply by 26 January 2022. For information on how to apply, please see here.
Explore our Nursing courses

Postgraduate (Nursing training)

Who are these courses for?

If you already have an undergraduate degree (in any area) and experience working in health care (see pages for what experience qualfies), our MA Nursing courses provide you with the opportunity to qualify as a registered nurse in 2 years. 

Why should you study Nursing at the University of Salford?


We have close links with clinical staff across the Greater Manchester area


You'll learn in our purpose-built facilities including our state-of-the-art simulation suites


As a BSc or MA student, you will spend 50% of your studies in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector

Our Facilities

Clinical Practice Wards

Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient Simulation Suites

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high-level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients. 

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

Did you know?

Our state-of-the-art patient simulation laboratories are so realistic that they have been used to film hospital settings in various TV dramas, most recently featuring in the Netflix thriller The Stranger. 

Our Nursing Community

Karolina - Student Nurses on Placement

We have a large community of Nursing students but that doesn’t mean you’ll feel one of many. Our cohorts are close-knit, and our students often say that the sense of community and support are the best things about Salford. 

We're proud of our student nurses and the work they do. Find out about their experiences here


What's the best advice you can give to help us prepare for the course?

We would recommend refreshing your knowledge and understanding of human biology ahead of the course. The first year focuses on anatomy and physiology, it is important that you understand how the body works and how social systems influence this.

Is there a recommended reading list?

We wouldn't recommend buying any books prior to starting the course, you will have access to e-books and the reading lists once you start.

A great book to introduce you to the role of nursing is ‘The Language of Kindness’ by Christie Watson who provides insight into her experiences of being both a student and qualified nurse.

Looking at 'Anatomy and Physiology' by Ross and Wilsons would be useful for revisiting your biology knowledge.

Where will my placement be located?

Placements are across the Greater Manchester area covering a number of hospital trusts and community settings to provide you with an excellent variety of learning opportunities. This includes Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Tameside, Stockport and Rochdale. Our aim is that you are allocated to the Trust nearest to your home address and this is where your placements will be. 

What will my placement consist of?

The nursing programme is full time and you will be expected to undertake placements with 12-hour shifts, including night shifts.

What will my timetable look like in first year?

Our nursing courses are taught in blocks of theory and placement. You will spend your first eight weeks studying theory full-time at the university before a four week placement. You will spend three days a week in classes, with two days a week directed study.

How will the course be assessed?

There are a number of assessments to compete in both theory and practice. You will receive support throughout your studies to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to succeed.

You will have two attempts on the majority of assessments and in the first year you may have three.

When do I need to apply by?

If you are applying to start in January 2022, please apply asap. If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must apply by 26 January 2022.

MA Nursing FAQs

For information relating to the MA Nursing courses, please see our dedicated Nursing FAQs page

Next Steps

Our friendly team will answer any questions you may have. You can contact us through email enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

If you are ready to apply, you can find the right course for you on UCAS below:

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing 

BSc (Hons) Children's & Young People's Nursing

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work

If you are applying to start in January 2022, please apply asap. If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must apply by 26 January 2022.