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How to apply?

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

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the Course Enquiries Team on 0161 295 4545 (choose option 1) or

The majority of our undergraduate applications are via UCAS, however there are some exceptions. The normal closing date for UCAS applications for September entry is 15 January (although if you are at school or college, they may ask you to fill it in earlier to give them time to prepare your reference). Applications received after this date may still be considered if the course is not full. If you apply late you are advised to check the UCAS website for course availability first. To find out more about how to apply and the different options available, we have given some guidance below.

From A level to Access to HE diplomas to International Baccalaureate – our entry requirements are wide and varied and we recognise a wide range of qualifications from around the world.

If you are a UK applicant leaving school or college we accept the following qualifications:

  • A/AS level
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher
  • 14 to 19 Advanced Diplomas
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Awards
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma

We’re committed to widening access to higher education for all sections of the community and so are as flexible as possible in our admissions policy.


You can apply online via the UCAS website. Your school or college should help you to access this service, and will give you a buzzword which you will need to register. You can also use the service if you’re applying independently in the UK and overseas.

Take some time to check your online application before you submit it. It’s important that you take care when completing the 'choices' section and use the correct institution codes and programme codes.

You can apply for up to five programmes, so make sure you think through your options carefully before applying. Also check that the 'education' section displays your correct qualification details. You should then forward your application on to your referee, who will check your application, provide the reference and forward the application to UCAS. If you are applying independently, you will be responsible for obtaining and adding the reference yourself.

It costs £24 to apply for two-five choices. If, however, you wish to only apply to the University of Salford and you are only applying for one programme, you may use a single entry at a fee of £18. You may pay online using a credit or debit card, or alternatively if you are applying from your school or college they may choose to be invoiced.

You can follow the progress of your application 24 hours a day, seven days a week using UCAS Track. If you experience any difficulties applying, you should contact the UCAS Customer Services team on +44 (0)871 468 0468.

If you would like further help from the University, please contact our Course Enquiries team on 0161 295 4545 or by email at

All applications should be made via the UCAS website, except for:

  • applications for part-time courses and BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • applications for the International Foundation Year
  • applications for post qualifying Health and Social care courses and single modules
  • applications for International and the Graduate Certificate in Management (GCIM)

If the above applies to you, please see the ‘Alternative application process’ section on this page for more details of how to apply.

When applying, make sure you use the correct codes:

Salford institution code name: SALF

Salford institution code: S03

Campus code: there are no campus codes at Salford - leave this blank

We will start receiving applications for entry in autumn 2019 from early September 2018

The normal closing date for applications is 15 January 2019 (although if you are at school or college, they may ask you to fill it in earlier to give them time to prepare your reference). Applications received after this date may still be considered if the course is not full. If you apply late, please check the UCAS website for course availability first.

UCAS Extra: 25 February – 4 July 2019

Clearing starts: 5 July 2019

A level results: 15 August 2019


If you would like to apply for our International Foundation Year you will need to download and complete the application form.

You should then email it to or post the completed form to the address on the front cover of the form.

NOTE: Together with the form, you will also need to send us a photocopy of the identity page of your passport and proof of your current level of English.


If you are self-funding or your workplace is funding your course or single module, please complete the appropriate application form below and send directly to the University. Full details on who to send the form to are included on the form. If workplace funded, you will also need to supply a letter  from your Trust stating that they will be funding your study.



Download Undergraduate Application Form (please note you will need to provide two references)


Download Postgraduate Application Form (please note you will need to provide two references)


We welcome applications from international students. Applicants from outside the United Kingdom must apply through UCAS.

Students from the following countries should submit their applications to UCAS through the appropriate overseas office in London as listed in the UCAS Handbook: Cyprus, Guyana, India, Luxembourg, Thailand. Applicants from other countries should send their applications direct to UCAS. (Salford participates in the British Council Education Promotion Service and advisers are available in your local British Council Office).

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Management should be made by completing the undergraduate application form and returned to the address on the form. For more information, see our section specifically for international students.


If you are currently studying a foundation degree at one of our partner colleges (Salford City College, Hopwood Hall College or Carmel College) and wish to top up your award to an Honours Degree, you should apply directly to the University by completing our Undergraduate Studies direct application form.

Information on the courses available to you to apply for are available from staff at your college.

Writing your personal statement is a key part of the UCAS application process, but we know that it can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Here are our top five tips for a winning personal statement…


Start to prepare your personal statement early on. Without thinking about a structure, it will be harder for you to collect and organise your thoughts later on. Begin with a mind map, noting down anything you think might be relevant, such as your skills, qualities, likes, dislikes and experience. Formulate this into a plan, and use your plan to help structure your first draft.


Knowing what skills are required on a course will help with structuring your statement and ensure that you focus on the right areas. Read up on the course content online, pay particular notice to any expectations around work experience as for some courses this is essential. Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the course and provide a valuable insight into what the University is looking for.


The bulk of your statement should demonstrate what you have learned from the experiences you are writing about, and how this is relevant to the course you want to study. Universities want to know that you will immerse yourself in student life, not just succeed academically. Remember; entry requirements are transparent, you and your experiences are unique.


Throughout your statement use positive language and showcase your interest in your chosen subject. If you can’t demonstrate how a skill or experience is relevant to the course then it shouldn’t be included. Conclude your personal statement by summarising your key strengths, reinforce that you are ready (both socially and academically) for university life. Be confident, keep it positive, and really sell yourself.


Remember that you have a limited number of characters, so be clear and concise – don’t waffle! Don’t expect your first draft to be perfect; ask for input from your teachers and careers advisors. Remember to check your spelling and grammar as UCAS won’t do this for you and always get someone to double check before you press submit.

There are many different resources to help you write your personal statement, so try a few different tools to work out what best suits you. Above all, make sure you prepare well and stay focused.

At the University of Salford we believe that everyone should be able to achieve their full potential.

If you’ve been out of education for a while, want to further your career or simply want to study in a field that you’re passionate about, the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) could be for you.

How can I apply?

  • Submit your course application as you would normally through UCAS.
  • We will then recommend you to SAES if you’re eligible (you’ll be notified of this recommendation via UCAS or by our admissions team getting in touch with you).  

Successful applicants will be contacted through SAES about an assessment. 

There are two different entry routes depending on your course. If the course you’re studying is related to Business and Law, Health Sciences, Environment & Life Sciences or Arts & Media, you will be assessed through Accreditation for Prior Learning. If the course you’re studying is related to Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, Computing, Science & Engineering or the Built Environment, you will be assessed through a MSAP-UK test.

For further information about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme, please see our dedicated SAES webpage.

Part-time applications are made directly to the University. If you want to apply to study a part-time undergraduate qualification please contact our Course Enquiries Service on 0161 295 4545 for more information.

You’ll need to complete an Undergraduate Studies direct application form.

Please note you will need to provide two references.

If you’re applying for one of our accelerated courses in the School of the Built Environment, these applications are made through UCAS. This applies to both the full-time and the day-release versions of the course, with durations of two or three years respectively. Only the standard part-time courses of five years’ duration require direct applications.

If you're looking to apply for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship programme offered by the University of Salford then you will need to visit our apprenticeship webpage and contact us via the online form. Applications for apprenticeship programmes do not go through the traditional UCAS system - you will apply directly to the University via a separate application form. 

In order to apply for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship you must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the programme.

All apprenticeship roles are listed on the GOV.UK site.

Policy statement on equality and diversity

The University is committed to and strives for equality of opportunity for all its students and staff (existing and prospective) and will recognise and celebrate their diversity. For this statement and strategy to be made a reality, effective leadership and management will be provided and a corresponding commitment sought from every member of staff and all the student body.

In practice this means that we:

are committed to providing an environment where all people are respected and treated fairly regardless of irrelevant characteristics or distinctions will develop a culture in which diversity is celebrated will not discriminate unfairly or illegally against anyone and will take positive action to promote equality, diversity and fair access embed equality and diversity at the heart of our mission and values; this will include taking action against individuals who behave in a discriminatory manner.  


If you have been dissatisfied with our admissions process please follow our admissions complaints procedure.