I've applied - what happens next?

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Thank you for applying to study at the University of Salford. Now that you’ve submitted your application, use this page to find out what happens next. 

Track your application

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Once you've submitted your application through the Applicant Portal, you will receive a notification email confirming that we have received your application.

This email should arrive within five minutes of your submission – if you have not received this and it is not in your junk folder, please contact the relevant Admissions team using the details at the bottom of this page.

We'll contact you again when a decision has been made. 

You can track your application by logging into the Applicant Portal. If your application is successful, you will be able to download your offer letter from here. You will also be sent an email with your offer letter.  
 

Receiving and replying to your offer

Receiving your offer

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter outlining our Terms and Conditions, and details of any conditions that you are expected to meet before you can register.

There are two types of offers you can receive: an unconditional offer or a conditional offer. 

  • An unconditional offer means you have already satisfied the requirements for entry, and we have accepted you as a student. 
  • A conditional offer means there are some outstanding conditions you need to meet before we can accept you as a student.

Offer conditions could include submitting exam results, providing a satisfactory reference, or evidence of professional qualifications.

The conditions of your offer will be detailed in your offer letter. You should provide evidence of meeting the conditions of your offer as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks before the start of the course. Please upload evidence of meeting your conditions to the Applicant Portal.

If you have any questions about the conditions of your offer, please contact the Admissions Team using the contact details sent in your offer letter email.

Replying to your offer

Whether your offer is conditional or unconditional, you will need to confirm whether you would like to accept your place with us, or if you wish to decline or defer your place to a different academic year.

You can accept or decline your offer on the Applicant Portal - see our knowledge guide for more help with this process.

It is very important you accept your offer no later than two weeks before the start of the course, so that you receive information about Registration and that you are able to start the course on time. We will not send Registration information to applicants who have not accepted their offer. 

Fees and funding

There a few ways to fund a taught master's depending on whether you are a UK or International student - take a look at your options below.

Funding your studies

Home students: student loan application

Our tuition fees vary from course to course, so please take a look at our course pages for more details before applying for your postgraduate student loan.

Students are eligible to apply for up to £12,167 towards a taught master’s. The loan will be divided into equal instalments and paid directly to you over the course of your studies. You will not start to repay this until you are earning £21,000 or more per year.

If you are applying for a postgraduate student loan, Student Finance England advises applicants to apply within nine months of the first day of the last academic year of the course. 

To see if you are eligible for this funding, and to find out more about the application process, please visit the gov.uk website.

Home student: self-funded studies

You may instead choose to fund your studies yourself. As a postgraduate student, you’ll be offered the choice of seven consecutive monthly instalments or payment in full to receive a 3% discount.

If you’re studying part-time, the total per annum will be calculated pro rata, based on the number of credits you’re studying each year.

 

International students: self-funded studies and scholarships

Tuition fees vary from course to course and your fee status, so take a look at our course pages for more details. International students will be offered an option of seven consecutive monthly instalments or payment in full to receive a 3% discount. You will also need to pay a deposit before starting your studies. For information on funding your studies, please visit our dedicated fees webpage

Salford also offers a range of scholarships to high-achieving international students, to help support them throughout their studies. For more details on what we offer and to find out if you would be eligible, please visit scholarships webpage.

If you have any further questions, please email international@salford.ac.uk.

Sponsored Students

If you are funded by an organisation, such as your employer, we will need a letter from them confirming the full amount of the sponsorship and the invoice details. We recommend that you email income-treasury@salford.ac.uk as early as possible to ensure it is in place before you register. Please make sure you quote your student ID number when you email your funding letter to us.

Postgraduate events

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There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to discover more about our university and explore our campus - take a look at our upcoming Open Days and online events on our postgraduate events page, and keep an eye out for our campus tours too.

Student support at Salford

We're here to support you throughout your postgraduate journey at Salford. See below for information on all the different types of support we offer our students at Salford, along with key contacts, resources and sites that will be helpful throughout your time here.

What support does Salford offer me?

Healthcare and wellbeing

Studying for a postgraduate qualification can be challenging. Whatever your personal circumstances, we want to make your Salford experience a positive one, so we created askUS, a dedicated, specialist support service.

askUS can offer you help and advice on a wide range of issues, including wellbeing and counselling, disability inclusion services, money advice and fund services and accommodation support. 

https://www.salford.ac.uk/askus/topics/disability-inclusion-service/reasonable-adjustment-plansIf you would like more information on the services available to you, please contact the askUS team by calling +44 (0)161 295 0023 or emailing askus@salford.ac.uk

We also have a registered GP on campus within the Maxwell building, with a medical centre offering appointments and prescription services. Our campus also provides you with the availability to other student-run specialist clinics. 

Disability support

Our Disability Inclusion Service team here at the University of Salford support students with a range of needs, including long term health conditions, mental health difficulties, physical disabilities, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and neurodivergent conditions such as autism and ADHD.   

If you have a disability, mental health condition or think you might need emotional support while you’re at university, it’s important to let us know as early as possible before you start your master's, so we can help you whenever you may need it. We can then work together to make sure that all necessary support is in place in time for you starting your studies.

We can help you create a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP) or apply for funded support if you are eligible, for any extra study-related costs you may have because of your disability.

Career and Enterprise team

Our Careers Hub offers various support to students, whether you're looking for weekly masterclasses in CV writing or interview skills or interested in attending employability events such as careers fairs, the Careers and Enterprise team is available to you. The careers team is dedicated to support you in finding your future job. You will also have access to Advantage which is our very own dedicated vacancy service and can book one one one support sessions with careers advisors. 

 

Study skills

If you're returning to education after a long break, we know you might be nervous about getting back into studying and essay writing, so we're here to help. Our Clifford Whitworth Library team offer a range of on campus and virtual workshops that are designed to improve and support you throughout your time at Salford with skills such as ITassessments and referencing and plagiarism.

Our students have access to the University's vast collection of books, journals, electronic resources, databases, and the archives and special collections. You may also be able to publish your research through the University of Salford Institutional Repository. For more information on their services, please visit their webpage or email library-research@salford.ac.uk.

 

Students' Union

Our Students’ Union (SU) works around the clock to make sure that you love your life at Salford. From their Advice and Wellbeing Centre to sports clubs and societies, through to amazing food, drinks and incredible events in the heart of campus at the Atmosphere Kitchen and Bar.

The SU is run by students for students, and will represent you during your time at Salford, so be sure to visit them and join in all the fun activities to make your time at the University a truly unforgettable experience.

For details on how to contact the SU, please visit this page. You can also follow the SU on InstagramFacebook and Twitter to find out what they’re doing for you.

Faith Centre

We have a dedicated Faith Centre on campus that is open exclusively to students and staff, regardless of your beliefs.

We offer unique spaces for group worship, private prayer, personal reflection, social activities, pastoral support and relaxation. Our facilities can be accessed by staff and students only using your University ID card. The Faith Centre is currently open from 08:30 to 21:30, Monday to Friday for staff and students. 

If you would like more information on the services offered, please contact the faith centre team: faithcentre@salford.ac.uk

Childcare support and funding

If you have children or you're about to become a parent, we know it can be challenging to balance your studies alongside this, so we're here to support you. 

Take a look at our students with families webpage to see if you're eligible for any form of financial support from the government.

NHS students can also receive £2,000 from the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF). This is a standard award for all parents of children under 15 years old, paid in 3 instalments along with your Training Grant. 

We also have an on-campus nursery at Salford, Busy Bees - take a look at their website for more information.

Commuting to Salford

With a range of onsite parking, secure bike spaces, excellent public transport links and Salford Crescent train station on our main campus, commuting here couldn't be easier. We have a number of commuter hubs on our campus, designed to offer you a place to relax in between lectures.

Find out more about life as a commuter student or watch the video below.

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Accommodation

If you are moving to Salford to continue your education or would like the convenience of living close to campus, we have a selection of dedicated postgraduate accommodation available in John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts. 

Our accommodation is managed by our partner, Campus Living Villages, and you can find more information on the rooms we have available at John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts on CLV's website. To contact Campus Living Villages directly, call 0161 850 6664 or email salford@clvuk.com.

Students are also able to find accommodation with Manchester Student Homes, who offer a wide range of accommodation options from student halls to apartments and family homes. They offer student accommodation across Salford and Greater Manchester, and can help to find the right location for you.

They also offer free house hunting advice, keep you informed of your rights as a private tenant and only promote accommodation providers that meet their strict Code of Standards. 

 

What to expect as a master's student

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As a master's student, you will have the freedom to specialise your studies, depending on your area of interest. The majority of our postgraduate taught courses have focused modules and small class sizes, so you will have close support from academic tutors and the opportunity to develop new insights and niche interests in your chosen subject area.

Master's students are expected to produce work of a higher academic standard than at undergraduate level, to progress beyond well-structured arguments and use independent study and critical awareness to create original research. We would encourage you to engage with a range of relevant material to assist in the development of a contemporary and comprehensive understanding of your chosen subject area.

FAQs

How many contact hours will I have?

Taught master's modules are typically taught in three-hour workshops, though the number of hours you attend University each week will depend on your chosen programme and whether you study full or part-time. Students typically gain access to their timetable around four weeks prior to the start date of their course.

Will I have the opportunity to speak to my tutors one-to-one?

Of course! Our lecturers have regular contact hours every week, dedicated to meeting with students to help guide you through your time at Salford. They are also available via email and phone and may have time after class to answer any questions you may have.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment formats vary from course to course, from written assignments to practical projects to presentations. Most of our postgraduate courses will also include a final Portfolio or Dissertation, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate everything you have learnt during your studies. For more information, please see individual course pages.

How will a master’s benefit my career?

Postgraduate courses at the University of Salford are designed to ensure personal and professional advancement. Whether you’re seeking to develop your knowledge, take your career in a new direction or desire to pursue a passion, a postgraduate degree from Salford can support you on your journey.

You can increase your earning potential by with master's degree, and stand out from your peers as a job candidate. By developing specialist knowledge in your field, you can keep up-to-date with trends in your industry and benefit from networking opportunities.

Can I defer my offer?

To find out if you are eligible for a deferral, please contact the Admissions Team using the details below: 

How do I contact the Admissions team?

Please contact the Admissions Team for the relevant school using the details below: 

Get in touch

Our Enquiries team is available to contact by phone or email, 10:00-16:00 Monday-Friday.