Information for prospective postgraduate students

This page has been developed to provide information to students starting their studies in September or November 2020. If you are due to start your studies in January 2021, this information will be updated and sent out to you directly in December 2020. In the meantime, you may still find the information on this page of interest to you, but please be aware that it may change.

The following has been designed to provide you with information, advice and guidance regarding the University’s position on Covid-19 and any changes which may have been made to your course of study as a result of the pandemic.

In many cases, there are no changes, but it's important to us that we provide you with these details before you register with us later this month. Please make sure you read the information carefully, which will include any changes to:

  • Course content
  • Duration
  • How your course will be delivered
  • Cost
  • Method of assessment
  • Award or accreditation
  • Possible location of delivery

Please note there are no changes to the cost of any courses.

You’ll also find more information on how we are responding to the unpredictable nature of Covid-19 at the bottom of the page. It’s really important that you take the time to read through this to make sure you have all the details you need.

If you have any questions after reading this page, please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

This information is correct as of 14 August 2020 and we recommend that you check back regularly for updates. We will include a link to this page and to our FAQs in all of our future communications with you prior to the start of your course.

Course-specific information

Choose your course

Please select your course from the menu below, to show the details of any changes. If there is no change, you will see ‘no change’ listed.

Choose your course

  • School: Salford Business School
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: Salford Business School
  • Content: We are unable to offer the planned international trip during the 2020/21 academic year.  
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Arts and Media
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week. Practical sessions are a core part of this course and we intend to deliver these in small groups where possible. 
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Arts and Media
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Arts and Media
  • Content: Our masterclasses, which enable you to engage with external professionals, will be moved onto an online platform and/or organised to take place later in the programme. 
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week. Practical sessions are a core part of this course and we intend to deliver these in small groups where possible. 
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Arts and Media
  • Content: Issues in Intelligence and Intelligence and Conflict will run as distance learning modules; however, they will be supported by three 'Saturday Schools' that will enable student interaction and group exercises.  
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Health and Society
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Health and Society
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: As this is a distance learning course, there will be no change to the delivery. 
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Science, Engineering and Environment
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Science, Engineering and Environment
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week. Practical sessions are a core part of this course and we intend to deliver these in small groups where possible. 
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Science, Engineering and Environment
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week. Practical sessions are a core part of this course and we intend to deliver these in small groups where possible. 
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: It is possible that some sessions may take place on Peel Park campus rather than at MediaCityUK, to make use of the larger teaching spaces and allow for social distancing to be maintained. 
  • School: School of Science, Engineering and Environment
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: As this is a distance learning course, there will be no change to the delivery. 
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Science, Engineering and Environment
  • Content: Residential field trips will not take place during trimester one. 
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: This course will be taught, initially, via a combination of online and face to face teaching. We hope to offer a face to face engagement opportunity for our students each week. Practical sessions are a core part of this course and we intend to deliver these in small groups where possible. 
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
Further Information

How will the University respond in the event of a further lockdown?

Throughout the global pandemic, we have worked closely with Salford City Council and the NHS Trusts in Salford and Greater Manchester in order to make the best decisions for our community.

Both separately and together, we have planned for a number of scenarios relating to Covid-19. One of these is what will happen in the event of a local lockdown. There are an emerging number of different approaches to lockdown and the advice set out below is an example. We will provide specific information and advice based on the nature of any local lockdown.

Salford lockdown

If the University is required to go into lockdown, the University campuses will close as they did in March. This means that all teaching will move online. Our teaching staff are prepared for this scenario, to enable you to continue your studies with minimal interruption. We will let you know if assessments need to change and what to do with regard to any practical element of your course.

Whilst all campus buildings will close, you will still be able to access askUS and the Students’ Union support services via telephone and online.

The library will move to online access only and you will not be able to take out or return books. Where you have equipment out on loan, we will advise if this can be kept until we reopen or if it must be returned.

Depending on the health advice provided by local authorities and the UK government, students living in student accommodation may be specifically asked to either continue living in their student accommodation or to return home if possible. Those unable to return home, for example due to family circumstances or travel restrictions, will be supported while they remain in their student accommodation.

Lockdown of another area

Many of you live outside of Salford and it may be that your area goes into a local lockdown. If this happens, please comply with all requirements set by your local authority.

If you want information or support on how local lockdowns may affect you, and your ability to engage in your studies and the wider student experience, please contact your School.

If you want wellbeing, financial or accommodation support, or need advice on anything else connected to your life outside of your timetabled lectures and seminars, please contact askUS.

If this impacts your ability to engage with your studies, please contact your course tutor to explain the situation. They will then advise on the best course of action, which could include submitting a Personal Mitigating Circumstances note (PMC) or it may be that they can assist you with continuing your learning online. Courses will vary depending on a number of factors, so please get advice for your specific circumstances and don’t rely on information from friends.

The event of a local lockdown may also change who teaches your course or the way in which it is delivered – it may, for example, be your tutor that is impacted. As stated in our Terms and Conditions, we will give you notice as soon as reasonably practicable and do what we can to minimise any adverse effects on your learning.

Keeping up to date

In the event of a lockdown prior to you joining the University, we will inform you directly if it affects us here in Salford and would advise that you please check the University website (www.salford.ac.uk) and your personal email address for the most up to date information. Once you have registered with us formally and your student account is created, all information for students will be accessible via the Student Hub and shared with your University email address. Please be aware that not all information shared on social media is correct and we would always advise that you check the official University channels.

Please be assured the University has plans in place to address the situation of a lockdown and will continue to support you. If you have any worries or concerns about this information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What does the academic year look like?

Our academic year is divided into three terms, known as trimesters, which are 14 weeks long, including vacation periods. To see an overview of the 2020/21 academic year, please click here

Will I be able to use the library in September?

Our Clifford Whitworth Library will be open to students from September to ensure you are able to benefit from the facilities and resources we offer. We are currently creating a plan to ensure the safety of our students and staff when using the library, which includes creating a one-way route around the building and restricting the number of people entering the building at any one time to maintain social distancing.

While you will not be able to browse the shelves, you will still be able to take books out using the library’s online portal. Our students also benefit from a range of online resources which can be accessed off campus, including electronic journals, E-books, newspapers and a range of specialist databases.  

We also have a Skills for Learning support team who offer a range of on-campus and virtual workshops, designed to improve your academic and personal skills. Whether you're looking to improve your IT skills, need support with your assessments or referencing and plagiarism guidance, the team are happy to help you. For more information, please take a look at their webpage.

How can I stay up to date?

This page, our FAQs and our FAQs for international students will be updated with any further information that comes in. As you can imagine, we are reviewing and responding to government and Public Health England guidance regularly and the picture can change. If there is a significant change to your course, we will inform you directly.

As part of the registration process, you will confirm that you have read and agreed to the information on this page so it’s really important that you read carefully and ask us any questions you might have.

It's difficult for us to make guarantees as we’re sure you can appreciate, but we will keep you up to date as best we can.

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about this or studying with us; we're on campus taking calls, +44 (0)161 295 4545, replying to emails and on live chat. We'd also recommend that you follow our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat (add SalfordUni) and Twitter) too!