Study Nursing at Salford

Nursing students at University of Salford working with a human patient simulator

Nursing isn’t your average ‘nine-to-five’ job and neither is life as an undergraduate student nurse. 50% of your course will be spent at the University learning essential underpinning theory and 50% will be spent in clinical locations to help you gain vital knowledge and skills to enable you to become a qualified nurse.

Here at the University of Salford we offer undergraduate and postgraduate pathways onto Adult, Children and Young People and Mental Health Nursing programmes as well as a range of healthcare related courses. We also offer an Integrated Practice programme in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work. This innovative course will offer you the opportunity to develop the key knowledge, skills and experience required for working in health and social care and specifically with people who have learning disabilities.

Places available for September 2020. Apply today or email for more information. 

Why should you study Nursing at the University of Salford?


We have close links with clinical staff across the Greater Manchester area. You will benefit from our links through placements, guest speakers, field visits and workshops.


You'll learn in our purpose-built facilities including our state-of-the-art simulation suites. Our Clinical Practice Wards are designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment to prepare you for the real world.


You will study in the heart of the Greater Manchester, surrounded by 14 NHS trusts, many of which we work closely with to provide real-world experiences for our students on placement.


We have a large community of Nursing students but that doesn’t mean you’ll feel one of many. Our cohorts are close-knit, and our students often say that the sense of community and support are the best things about Salford. Our Nursing Society and student.

Our Facilities

Clinical Practice Wards

Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient Simulation Suites

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high-level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients. 

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

Did you know?

Our state-of-the-art patient simulation laboratories are so realistic that they have been used to film hospital settings in various TV dramas, most recently featuring in the Netflix thriller The Stranger. 

Life at Salford 

From your course to the student's union, explore what life is like as a nursing student at Salford. 

Support and Wellbeing

Whether you need advice about accommodation, settling in to student life, or just want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing team, we are here to help. Meet some of the team who will help you settle into life at Salford.

The course tutors have been amazing. The support and advice they have given has helped in so many ways. The facilities and equipment that are available are fantastic and there is always someone around to help. It's been a great three years and I wouldn't change any of it.

Current Student

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

What do our students say about us?



Where will my placement be located?

Placements are across the Greater Manchester area covering a number of hospital trusts and community settings to provide you with an excellent variety of learning opportunities. Our aim is that you are allocated to the Trust nearest to your home address and this is where your placements will be.

What will my placement consist of?

The nursing programme is full time and you will be expected to undertake placements with 12-hour shifts, including night shifts.

What will my timetable look like in first year?

Our nursing courses are taught in blocks of theory and placement. You will spend your first eight weeks studying theory full-time at the university before a four week placement. You will spend three days a week in classes, with two days a week directed study.

How will the course be assessed?

There are a number of assessments to compete in both theory and practice. You will receive support throughout your studies to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to succeed.

You will have two attempts on the majority of assessments and in the first year you may have three.

Find out more

Unfortunately, all of our open days for 2020 entry are now finished. If you would like to find out more, please contact