I've applied - what's next?

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Thank you for applying to study with us. Now that you've made your application for postgraduate study, take a look at this page to find out when you can expect to hear an update on your application and what you need to do next. 

Over the last few months, a lot of you have contacted us with questions about how the pandemic will impact your university experience. We understand that this is a period of uncertainty for everyone, so we've compiled a range of questions and answers regarding student life at Salford on our FAQ page. The FAQs are updated regularly as government and Public Health England advice changes, but please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page if you have any other questions.  

If you would like more information on any changes that have been introduced to your course as a result of Covid-19, please visit our course update webpage.

When will I get a decision?

As you are applying directly to us, we can make a decision on your application quickly. If you are applying for a master’s programme, this usually takes around four weeks. Postgraduate research applications can take a little longer, but most decisions are made within six weeks. We will contact you once your application has been received, and again when a decision has been made.

Receiving and accepting your offer

Receiving your offer

If you receive an offer to study with us, it will either be conditional or unconditional. 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 terms you need to meet before we can accept you as a student.

The conditions of your offer will be detailed in your offer letter. If you are waiting for exam results and need to supply copies of academic certificates, please contact us on applications@salford.ac.uk, stating your full name and date of birth.

Accepting your offer

Whether your offer is conditional or unconditional, you will need to confirm whether or not you wish to accept your place with us. To confirm that you wish to accept your offer, please email applications@salford.ac.uk - make sure you include your name, Salford student ID number, and course details. If you're unsure about anything or have any questions, please email enquiries@salford.ac.uk and they will be happy to help.

Fees and Funding

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

Students are eligible to apply for up to £11,222 towards a taught or research master’s, or £26,445 towards a doctoral programme. 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 either of these until you are earning £21,000 or more per annum, unlike student loans for undergraduate study. 

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. If you're starting your studies in September 2020, you can apply for your funding now - it usually takes around two weeks to process.

To see if you are eligible for this funding, and to find out more about the application process, please visit the relevant Student Finance website below:

International students

Tuition fees vary from course to course and your fee status, so take a look at our course pages for more details. For information on funding your studies, please visit our dedicated 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 this page.

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

Self-funded students

If you’re paying for your studies yourself, payment can be made in full at registration or as instalments throughout the year. The instalment plan splits the cost into five equal payments, running from the month after your registration. 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.

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.

What's Different About Postgraduate Study?

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As a postgraduate student, you will have the freedom to specialise your studies, depending on your area of interest. The majority of our postgraduate courses will have more focused modules and smaller classes sizes, so you will have the opportunity for more contact hours with academic tutors and the support to develop new insights of your chosen subject area.

Postgraduate 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.

Academic Support

At Salford, we understand the importance of supporting our students through the transition into postgraduate study. To help you reach your potential while studying with us, we offer a range of services: 

Clifford Whitworth Library 

Our Clifford Whitworth Library 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.

The Library also offers support to Salford's community of researchers, including postgraduate students. 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.

Wordscope

Salford's Wordscope programme is a free, unique writing workshop that helps students to tackle common writing problems, such as punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing. Wordscope is delivered through a series of ten writing workshops, and successful students will recieve a Wordscope Certificate upon completion. The Wordscope team will contact students at the beginning of each semester, inviting you to book your place on the programme. 

MathScope

MathScope is a free, comprehensive service, designed to help students with any mathematical or statistical problems they may encounter during any stage of their studies. For more information, you can contact them team by emailing k.sandiford@salford.ac.uk.     

Wellbeing and support

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 support, money and finances, accommodation, faith, carer support and more. 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 so we can help you whenever you may need it.

If you would like more information on the services available to you, please contact the askUS team by calling 0161 295 0023 or emailing askus@salford.ac.uk

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Our Students' Union

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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.

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 here. 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, but please contact them directly for information on their services and to confirm when you can move in.  

Commuting

With a range of onsite parking, 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 on our Made in Salford blog or watch the video below.

Watch our video about commuting to university:
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Chat to our students

Chat to our students to find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Salford. Our students are happy to chat with you, whether you have questions about accommodation or commuting, need advice about your course and student support or want more of an insight into campus facilities. 

Get in touch

Our Enquiries and Admissions teams are currently available to contact by phone or email 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am-4pm on Friday

FAQs

How many contact hours will I have?

Postgraduate 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 programmes will also include a final Research 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 you career in a new direction or desire to pursue a passion, a postgraduate degree from Salford can support you on your journey.