Proudly positioned at the forefront of research and innovation in the sciences and engineering, and across the built and natural environments, we are passionate about nurturing the next generation of researchers.
Our postgraduate research community explores topics across a suite of interdisciplinary research centres. Across built environment, engineering and technology, science and environments and ecology, we can help you to engage with co-created, transformational research.
Collaborative. Industry-focused. Friendly and supportive. That’s our approach. Read on and explore how we can help you achieve your research goals.
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
The School of Science, Engineering and Environment is the largest school at the University of Salford. More than 300 postgraduate researchers (PGRs) research with us. We offer Full and Part-time PhD programmes as well as split-site and distance learning ones. Our innovative MPhil programme is designed to transition students from the guided module-structure towards independent learning and researching and our MSc students are supported acquiring the skills needed for a successful transition into a workplace of their choosing.
PGR students work together with our researchers in world-leading facilities such as the Energy House Labs, The ThinkLab, NERIC - our robotics centre, and laboratories for acoustics, civil engineering, biomedicine, and environmental sciences to name a few. Our PGR students are an integral part of our research and academic teams. They have the opportunity to act as demonstrators in laboratories where they support undergraduate students, are encouraged to attend academic conferences with a generous conference fund and have the opportunity to chair a session at our international PGR conference (PGRC)
Sustainable Built and Natural Environments (DSBNE)
Research in the Built and Natural Environments falls into the fields of Acoustics, Architecture & Design, Construction and Property Management, Geography & Environment as well as Property & Surveying. The diversity of disciplines empowers a community of ambitious and driven students and supervisors, who create a dynamic and exciting research environment in world-leading facilities.
Among them, Energy House Labs, our globally unique facility addressing net zero, energy efficiency and fuel poverty in homes. Researchers in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Built Environment is another pioneering research group that also organises an annual summer school. Our research in urban resilience against climate change is aimed at developing decision-making tools that can help both national and local agencies to reduce the detrimental impact of natural hazards on urban infrastructure and communities.
Our sustainable environments research spans the built and natural environments, including environmental pollution, the management of rivers, the role of green infrastructure in supporting sustainable urban futures, and technological advances to enhance monitoring and management of the environment. The acoustics research group investigates, among other things, electronic vehicles in our state-of-the-art laboratories, from the physics of the sound generation, through to the psychology of how people respond to the noise.
Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Within Computer Science and Engineering, the opportunities available to postgraduate researchers at the University of Salford include Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, AI and Data Science, Cyber Security, Networking & Mathematics, and Robotics. Our world-leading facilities provide an energetic environment where our researchers and PGR students can collaborate and innovate.
PGR students are making significant contributions to their fields that often involve technological challenges and require a multidisciplinary approach. This setting promotes new ideas, knowledge sharing, and the development of innovative solutions to pressing issues. In this environment, PGR students are well positioned to succeed as they make substantial contributions to the advancement of science and technology, developing expertise at the intersection of engineering, computer science, and mathematics.
We also have strong research and academic partnerships with industry, including organisations such as the BBC, Dyson, Apple, BT, Cisco, Airbus and the Temporary Works Forum (TWf). These partnerships enable effective knowledge transfer and up-to-date awareness of topical issues.
Human and Natural Sciences (HANS)
Research in the Human and Natural Sciences falls into the subject areas Biology & Wildlife, Biomedicine and Chemical and Physical Sciences.
Our researchers in the field of biomedicine focus on cancer, inflammation, therapeutics and drug design, infectious diseases, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, and cell biology. Much of our research underpins understanding and treatment of diseases and is developed with hospital and industry partners to generate better therapies.
Our research on ecosystems and environments is focused on advancing the understanding of key environmental challenges of major economic and societal importance, including biodiversity resource management, climate and environmental change and the spread of infectious diseases. We study the living and non-living components of ecosystems and the management and governance of these systems; we work globally in habitats ranging from the open ocean to pristine tropical rainforests and the urban core of our major cities. Here, we address some of the major environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Research interests in materials physics and chemistry of materials include the synthesis, characterisation, and modelling of materials with applications in the areas of nanotechnology, quantum technologies, photovoltaics, energy materials and materials under extreme conditions.
Our Research Facilities
The Energy House Laboratories are one-of-a-kind, world-leading research facilities that are forging the way in making our buildings carbon neutral.
Through commercial and grant funded research, Energy House Laboratories helps businesses understand how effective their products and services are in lowering consumers’ carbon footprint and reducing energy bills.
You can learn more about our advance materials and manufacturing facilities here
Our PGR Student Stories
British Ecological Society
Upon receiving travel funding from the University of Salford, I was able to attend and present my PhD work as a 15-minute oral presentation at one of the largest biodiversity-focused conference platforms, the British Ecological Society (BES) conference, which this year, was held in Belfast. This conference focuses on the ongoing biodiversity crisis and allows people to share their experiences and efforts towards helping mitigate some of the impacting factors affecting our ecosystems.
During my time at BES, I was able to share my research with a worldwide audience and attend a range of talks discussing new research methods in the field of ecology. This was an incredible opportunity for me to answer questions about my research, which in turn has helped me to improve my work. By gaining the invaluable insights of other researchers I have been able to plan future work and fine-tune my current methods based on their observations and suggestions.
Attending this conference has also provided me with the opportunity to network. I met countless people from a diverse range of backgrounds and institutions, in which conversations about work and general social chat were plentiful. Overall, this was a fantastic opportunity, I was able to gain new insights ideas and valuable connections with people who I will remain in contact with going into the future.
Doctoral School at Salford
Research is rewarding - and challenging. What you need to succeed is focus, determination - and a supportive team to motivate, guide and inspire you.
The Doctoral School at Salford delivers world-class training and support tailored to your individual needs. We look for development opportunities that enable you to fulfil your potential.
We are committed to creating a supportive and collaborative environment where researchers from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential.
We align our training and development activities to the principles in the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Our long-term commitment is recognised at the European level through the HR Excellence in Research award, renewed again in 2018.
A typical Salford research candidate? There’s no such thing. What connects our research community is our passion to explore. To question the world around us. To discover together. If you’ve got these attributes, you’ll fit right in.
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Annual PGR Conference
Our Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC), is a popular two-day event that brings together our postgraduate research students and research community to showcase their work and exchange ideas.
A postgraduate research degree with Salford is a rewarding investment in your future.
Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities by visiting our next open day.
You can speak directly to research team leaders, ask questions and consider your options.
Ready to apply?
Ready to make a research application? There are a number of things you will need to consider, such as study documentation, your research proposal, entry points and funding.
You can find guidance on how to write your research proposal here.
We've also put together a summary to give your application every chance of success.
If you have any questions or queries about your application, you can email PGR-SupportSSEE@salford.ac.uk