Postgraduate Research

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It’s an exciting time to do research at Salford. Once at the heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, the University is now home to 21st century creativity and learning. And our vibrant research community is somewhere collaboration and interdisciplinary working can flourish.

There is no such thing as a typical Salford PhD candidate. Our research community is home to people from all over the world, from a wide range of backgrounds, and at different stages in life. What connects us is our passion to explore, and to question the world around us.

Make an impact

Thinklab at Salford

/ Protect threatened ecology

/ Enhance urban liveability

/ Make biomedical breakthroughs

/ Integrate robotics into everyday life

/ Visualise data-driven solutions

/ Fight cyber crime

/ Create a better sounding world

Research fields in science, engineering and the environment


Salford is world-renowned for audio and acoustics. For over 60 years, our teaching and research has shaped building and product design, and influenced noise regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Applied Buildings and Energy

The Applied Buildings and Energy group strives to better understand and address the issues of energy consumption in buildings. Our team leads research in building performance, electrical engineering, construction management, design and social science. Salford is home to Energy House, the world's only full sized two bedroom terraced house built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions.

Explore research opportunities in applied buildings and energy

Autonomous Systems and Robotics

Since 1987, Salford has been the home of the National Advanced Robotics Research Centre. The founding member of the Northern Robotics Network, which became the National Robotics Network (NRN) and a spoke of the EPSRC, we lead research excellence in space robots and artificial intelligence. 

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Biomedical research at Salford features a vibrant collaborative unit of molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists, clinicians, microbiologists, parasitologists, physiologists, and cell biologists. We work closely with regional hospitals and wider national collaborations with universities and research centres, including KidScan Centre for Children’s Cancer Research, to develop new and improved treatments and knowledge of parasitology drug action and diagnostics for malaria.

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Digital Built Environment

The built environment is significantly evolving amidst a digital revolution driven by the currency of information. Salford is at the cutting edge of enhancing the development, transformation and management of the built environment through digital innovation and technologies that engage people, process, technology and information.

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Disaster Resilience

The Centre for Disaster Resilience at Salford is a multi-disciplinary centre committed to improving the ability of countries and communities to plan for, and recover from, natural and man-made disasters and disruptive events caused by hazards.

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Ecosystems and Environment

Ecosystems and environment research at Salford is focused on advancing understanding of key environmental challenges of major economic and societal importance in the 21st century. 

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Eduction and Learning in the Built Environment

Education and learning in the built environment research considers the wider issues for built environment professionals, from young people thinking of entering the industry, to the life-long learning for people throughout their careers. 

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Salford excels in a number of strategic areas of mechanical, electrical, civil and aeronautical engineering research. With specialism in control and systems engineering, the research department ranked highly in the REF2014 assessment for research output and impact on society.

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Informatics research at Salford builds on the history, success and achievements of our research over the last thirty years. Evolving around data and information in all their types and usages, our researchers are developing novel methods and systems for the analysis and recognition of various data sets, learning behaviours and causal models.

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Infrastructure research at Salford brings together an interdisciplinary team to develop collaborative knowledge development with our industrial partners to support the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on road, rail and housing.

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Materials and Physics

Salford's extensive and prestigious physics research department is home to experimental, computational and theoretical areas of physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics. Research focuses on applied optics, complexity and nonlinear photonics, hydrogen storage, photovoltaics, functionalisation of graphene, semiconductor materials and thin films.

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Smart Urban Futures

The Smart Urban Futures group combines academic expertise at the interface between the physical design, construction, functioning and development of urban spaces; and the lives, health, behaviour and movement of humans within cities.  The group explores key questions underpinning the development of cities as equitable, prosperous and liveable spaces for all, and how citizens, individually and collectively, will shape this development.

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Spray and Petroleum

With its long-standing international reputation, the Spray Research Group (SRG) has collaborated with over 120 multi-national companies on fundamental, applied research, innovation management and enterprise . Its research into domestic aerosol valve spray using inert gases won the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology”.

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