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School of Health Sciences

Postgraduate Research

We attract students from all walks of life and from all over the world. This creates a vibrant and dynamic postgraduate research community within the School of Health Sciences.

Our research degrees offer you the opportunity to carry out a research project under direct supervision of an academic member of staff with recognised expertise in the subject area and methods. You can study towards a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate (DProf) or MSc by Research.

Our current students undertake research across a variety of topic areas - diagnostic imaging, gait biomechanics, foot and knee health, rehabilitation, sport and exercise, work, health and wellbeing and applied psychology.

Our students also have access to a wide range of training and excellent facilities. The research training you receive will be tailored to your particular needs and you will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enhance your employment opportunities at the end of your studies with us.

If you are interested in applying for the doctoral programme, first of all contact Research Support Officer to discuss your proposed research topic and to identify a Supervisor. You also need to prepare a Research Proposal (approximately 1500 words) before you apply online. Our main intakes are October, January, April and July.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Yeliz Prior
Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

Dr Lucy Walton
Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

Research degrees - Why Salford?

Excellent research is, quite simply, at the very heart of the University. Salford is a research-driven institution, using innovation and creativity to find solutions to ‘real-world’ problems. Our multi-disciplinary research environment is recognised around the world. As a postgraduate at Salford you can choose from a wide range of flexible study options, including the opportunity to spend part of your research time studying abroad.

Please look through details of our research centres and find out more about the research that is currently being undertaken.

Training & development

As a postgraduate researcher at Salford, you can take advantage of an extensive range of development activities. The Salford Postgraduate & Staff Research Training (SPoRT) programme is designed to help you develop the skills needed for effective research and transferable skills to enhance your employability, whether you are planning a career in academia or elsewhere in the public or private sectors. 


Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference is a forum for developing research, offering a space for postgraduate researchers from all disciplines to exchange ideas. The two-day conference is run annually and over 200 staff and students took part in the most recent event.

Research staff 

Our researchers are internationally renowned and pushing at the frontiers of their disciplines and as such offer a wealth of supervisory opportunities. To find out about our staff and research projects they are involved in please use our Staff Expertise search facility.

Distance learning

Our online doctoral programme enables candidates based outside the Manchester area who cannot commit to a full-time or part-time research degree to complete their PhD studies with Salford.

Flexible start dates 

Our research degrees offer flexible start dates allowing you to begin your study when it is most convenient for you. We have four entry points: 1st October, 1st January, 1st April and 1st July.

For detailed information on fees and funding, please click here.

For detailed information on how to apply, please click here.