Before you apply

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If you’re applying to the University of Salford from outside the UK, we want to make the process as smooth as possible. The application procedure is different for undergraduate and postgraduate students, so please follow the guidance according to your level of study.

English language requirements


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so we want to make sure you have the language skills you need to succeed from the start. As such, we ask all of our international students to demonstrate a level of English proficiency. English language requirements are shown on individual course pages. The course pages show the requirement as IELTS, however a full range of the qualifications we accept can be found here.   

International Foundation Year

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Our International Foundation Year (IFY) will fully prepare you for entry onto one of our undergraduate degrees. Based on campus, all of your teaching will be delivered by our academics and you will have full access to our facilities. You will study a mixture of subject-specific content and improve your English language and academic study skills. The subject-specific modules are tailored to your chosen degree so when you pass the IFY, you’ll be able to progress onto over 100 degree courses here.

Pre Sessional English

Develop your academic study skills and improve your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills on our Pre-Sessional English course. Accredited by the British Council, this course will help you meet the English language requirements for our undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes. You will also gain valuable experience of studying in the UK and familiarising yourself with British culture.

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Undergraduate applications

Speak to our approved education consultants

Includes BSc, BA, BEng, MEng, LLB, HND, FdSc and bachelor’s degrees.

UCAS is the central admissions service for universities in the UK, and is the system we use for undergraduate applications. You will need to quote our institution code (S03) when you apply, along with our institution code name (SALF) and the code for your chosen course (find this on your course page). Leave the campus code blank.

Apply through UCAS

Applying for our International Foundation Year or Pre-Sessional English courses

Applications for these courses are made via our online application form. Visit our guidance page for details of how to use the online application form.

Key information about undergraduate applications

Personal statements

The personal statement is a crucial part of university applications in the UK. It’s your chance to tell us why you are interested in studying your course; why you want to study at the University of Salford; the skills, experiences and qualities you will bring to your studies; and why we should make you an offer. We recommend using UCAS’s helpful guide to find out what makes a good personal statement. You can also use our template to help write your statement. 

Application deadlines (includes International Foundation Year)

If you are based in the EU, the deadline to apply is 15 January. Students from outside the EU have until 30 June to apply. We recommend applying as soon as possible as courses may become full. Applications after these dates can be made through Clearing.



Application deadline

Offer conditions Submit bank statements* CAS issued Registration

Jan 2020


08 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019

29 Nov 2019 6 Dec 2019 10 Jan 2020
  PSE** 15 Nov 2019 29 Nov 2019 06 Dec 2019 13 Dec 2019 17 Jan 2020
  UG** 22 Nov 2019 06 Dec 2019 13 Dec 2019 20 Dec 2019 24 Jan 2020
Sep 2020 IFY** 17 Jul 2020 31 Jul 2020 07 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2020 18 Sep 2020
  PSE** 24 Jul 2020 09 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2020 23 Aug 2020 25 Sep 2020



24 Jul 2020

14 Aug 2020

21 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 25 Sep 2020

*We will review your bank statements and other documents to make sure you have the funds available to study here and meet the Student Route visa requirements. If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline but has an issue that needs investigating, you may miss your chosen intake and your application could be deferred to the next intake.

**IFY, International Foundation Year programmes

**PSE, Pre-sessional English

**UG, Undergraduate programmes




English language courses

We run year-round English language courses for international students. These courses are designed to help you improve your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

NCUK students

We are a founding member of the Northern Consortium (NCUK), a group of 16 leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities and helping you succeed when you get there. Since 1987, NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain guaranteed access to university. Find out more about NCUK's scholarships, plus the foundation and graduate pathway programmes.

Need help applying?

If you’d like help with your application, you can speak to one of our approved education consultants, based in 32 countries worldwide. They will be able to tell you more about our courses, give information about living in Salford and Manchester, assist with application forms and give advice about applying for your visa. Alternatively, you can contact our UK team on or +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Postgraduate applications

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It’s an exciting time to be a postgraduate student here. Our innovative research environment is recognised around the world, building international opportunities and offering you a platform to develop your own profile.

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Key information about postgraduate applications


Includes master's, MSc, MA, LLM, PgDip, PgCert, MRes and PhD degrees.

You need to apply online for the majority of our postgraduate taught courses. Access our online application portal and find out more about applying for postgraduate study, including details of our entry requirements, application deadlines, and the supporting documents you need to submit with your application.

Application deadlines



Application deadline

Meet offer conditions Submit bank statements* CAS issued Registration
Nov 2020 PGT (SBS)** 4 Sept 2020 18 Sept 2020 27 Sept 2020 5 Oct 2020  
Jan 2021 PGR** 16 Nov 2020 8 Dec 2020  3 Jan 2021  3 Jan 2021  
  PGT (SBS)** 16 Nov 2020 8 Dec 2020 3 Jan 2021 3 Jan 2021  


16 Nov 2020 8 Dec 2020 3 Jan 2021 3 Jan 2021  

*We will review your bank statements and other documents to make sure you have the funds available to study here and meet the Student Route visa requirements. If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline but has an issue that needs investigating, you may miss your chosen intake and your application could be deferred to the next intake.

**PGR, postgraduate research
**PGT (SBS), postgraduate taught programmes (Salford Business School)
**PGT, postgraduate taught programmes (not including Salford Business School)

Getting your visa

If you want to study in the UK you'll need a Student Route visa. Our student support site, askUS, provides detailed instructions on how to apply for this, whether you're based within the UK or outside. Visit our askUS site for more information. We recommend reading this information carefully before you apply.