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Applying for research

Applying for a research degree

To apply for your postgraduate research place, you will need to complete our online application form. You will need to have at hand your supporting documents ready to upload when you start the online application. We have four entry points: October, January, April and July. From September 2018, this will change to three entry points, in January, May and September. For the Salford DBA, there are two entry points: April and September.

Please submit your application with a minimum of six weeks before the date you are aiming to register.

If you are applying for a PhD by published works, please go to the online shop to make your payment before completing your application.

For help preparing a research proposal for the PhD in Business, Management and Law, download our Research Proposal Guidance. For the Salford DBA, download our Guidance on Writing a DBA Research Proposal.

English Language Requirements

If you have not yet taken an English Language test please note that availability of these and the time taken to receive certificates of results can vary depending on the time of year. For further information and to check timescales and availability please visit:

IELTS - http://www.ielts.org/
Pearson Test of English Academic - www.pearsonpte.com/testme

For details of other English Language tests accepted for the UKVI, please visit:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf

Guide to submitting your application

  1. When you first enter the online application you will be asked to create an account
  2. You will then receive an email with your login PIN and password
  3. You can re-enter and complete your application at times convenient to you
  4. Fill in application details – using the guidance within the form
  5. Upload your supporting documents
  6. Once you have submitted your application you can print a copy of your application. However you cannot re-enter and make any changes at this stage

What happens next?

  • When you submit your online application you will receive and acknowledgement by email
  • You’ll be notified of the outcome of your application in writing.
  • If you have any questions about the progress of your application please email admissions

Relevant work experience

We try to make applying to Salford as flexible and straightforward as possible.

We’re not just interested in exams you’ve passed and certificates you’ve collected. If you’ve gained enough relevant work experience – paid or voluntary – we’ll take that into account through our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of PriorExperiential Learning (APEL) schemes.

How to prepare a research proposal

The research proposal is a crucial part of your application.

You should discuss your proposal with the Postgraduate Research Admissions Contact of the School to which you are applying, to make sure you understand what is expected in your subject area.

For help preparing a research proposal for the PhD in Business, Management and Law, download our Research Proposal Guidance. For the Salford DBA, download our Guidance on Writing a DBA Research Proposal

When submitting an application, make sure that the specialist area you wish to study is covered by a member of staff at the University:

  • Check individual staff entries on the Research Centre sites that relate to your area
  • Explore staff profiles and check current research interests
  • Take note of the relevant Research Administrator listed below you will need it when completing your online application
   
Sep-18  
Application submission deadline 27th July 2018
Deadline to meet all conditions 17th August 2018
Deadline to submit bank statements/other documents * 24th August 2018
Final date for Cas being issued by University 24th August 2018
Registration opens 24th September 2018
   
Jan-19  
Application submission deadline 2nd November 2018
Deadline to meet all conditions 7th December 2018
Deadline to submit bank statements/other documents * 14th December 2018
Final date for Cas being issued by University 14th December 2018
Registration opens 14th January 2019
   
May-19  
Application submission deadline 8th March 2019
Deadline to meet all conditions 5th April 2019
Deadline to submit bank statements/other documents * 12th April 2019
Final date for Cas being issued by University 12th April 2019
Registration opens 7th May 2019
   
* Bank statement checking - the University will review your bank statements and other documents to ensure you have the funds available and meet the Tier 4 visa requirements. If a bank statement is submitted close to the deadline but has an issue which requires investigation, you may miss your chosen intake and your application may be deferred to the next intake.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

What is ATAS?

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a scheme run by the UK government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The scheme is aimed primarily at specific postgraduate research areas, but also includes a number of taught Masters and four-year undergraduate Masters programmes.

ATAS is compulsory for international student visa applications on these applicable courses. It is required for new, current and returning international students in specific areas of study. The ATAS application is made online, before applying for your visa, and is free of charge. It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you. The FCO undertakes to process applications within a minimum of 20 working days (i.e 4 weeks) of the submission of an application for ATAS clearance. For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme

Apply online now

Bench Fees

Some schools also need to charge a additional bench fee to help cover lab costs and field trips.

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

  • Band 1 - No Bench Fee 
  • Band 2 - £1000 one off fee in the second year (added to the second year's fees) 
  • Band 3 - £1000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 4 - £2000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 5 - £4000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research)

School of Environment and Life Sciences

  • Band 1 - No Bench Fee 
  • Band 2 - £1,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 3 - £3,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 4 - £5,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 5 - £7,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 6 - £9,000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research)

School of Health Sciences

Bench fees will be agreed and can be within a set range dependent on requirements of the programme of study.
They may also be set on a yearly basis such that bench fees may be applicable from one to three years.

  • Band 1 - No Bench Fee 
  • Band 2 - £1000 one-off fee 
  • Band 3 - £1000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 4 - £2000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research) 
  • Band 5 - £4000 per annum for three years (PhD), and once (for MPhil, MSc by research)

Postgraduate Research Admissions Contact

School of Arts & Media

Dr Jo Scott
T+44 (0)161 295 2851

PGR Support: Emma Sutton pgr-supportSAM@salford.ac.uk

Salford Business School

PGR Support: Michelle Jones
pgr-supportSBS@salford.ac.uk

The Salford DBA: Dr Tahir Rashid 
T+44 (0)161 295 5752
T.Rashid@salford.ac.uk

School of the Built Environment

PGR Support: Cheryl Batleypgr-supportSOBE@salford.ac.uk

School of Health Sciences

PGR support: Emma Sutton
pgr-supportHS@salford.ac.uk

School of Health & Society

PGR Support: Louise Brown
pgr-supportSHAS@salford.ac.uk

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

PGR Support: Catriona Nardone

School of Environment & Life Sciences

PGR Support: Catriona Nardone

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