Prospective Students FAQs

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This page was updated on 05/01/2022

This page has been developed to support applicants applying for study for intakes from March 2022 onwards. If you are starting your studies in January 2022, you will find full information and FAQs on our welcome website.

If you still have a question having reviewed the information on this page, you will find a contact form at the bottom of the page to direct you to the relevant team. 

Applications and offers

Are you still accepting applications?

Undergraduate Degrees

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses starting in September 2022 are made via are made via UCAS and we recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 as this is the UCAS equal consideration deadline. Applications for part-time undergraduate courses are made directly to the University – you can find out more here.

Postgraduate Degrees

Applications for our postgraduate courses need to come through our online application portal. More details can be found on our postgraduate application page. We would advise that you apply for a postgraduate course at least one month before the course starts. If you are applying from outside of the UK, you can find more useful information on our international how to apply page.

Degree Apprenticeships

Applications are made directly to the University following a consultation with your employer. Further information on the next available start dates can be found on the individual course pagesYou can read more about our degree apprenticeships here on our website.

I'm still deciding which course to apply for, where can I find more information about your courses?

You can search the range of courses we offer here and filter by the type of study you are interested in. From the search results, you can click on a course to read more about it such as entry requirements, course duration, tuition fees, modules and methods of assessment.

When will I hear about my offer?

Once you've made an application to study with us, you'll typically receive a decision within a few weeks but there may be a delay in response time if you apply over the Christmas break. The exact time frame can vary from course to course, and on the time of year, but our Admissions Team work hard to process all applications as quick as possible.

If you are a UCAS applicant you can monitor the progress of your application via UCAS Track - your application status will automatically update as soon as any changes occur. More information about tracking your application can be found on the UCAS website.

If you are a direct applicant we recommend that you regularly sign into your applicant portal for updates on the progress of your application.

I have been asked to provide a Personal Statement, what does this require?

Please refer to our personal statement guide and our hints and tips for more information.

Do I need to provide to provide a reference as part of my application?

Yes, all applications require a reference from a suitable referee, such as one of your tutors if you are in education or managers/supervisors if you are in employment.

If you are applying for a course through UCAS and can’t provide a reference at this stage, please don’t worry.The Admissions Team can assess your application based on your qualification details and personal statement and then, if we make you a conditional offer, the reference will be one of your conditions.There is a box you can tick on the UCAS application form to state that you’re not including a reference at this time.

We advise checking with any other universities you’re applying for as well, so that your application wouldn’t be penalised by other institutions. You can read more here on the UCAS website.

I have been asked to fill out a Fee Assessment form – what happens next?

If you have been asked to fill out a Fee Assessment form, this is because we need to clarify your fee-paying status as either a Home or International student. Please complete your online form as soon as possible. When a decision is made, your offer will then be processed. Your offer status can be found on your UCAS Track if you are an Undergraduate, or through the online application portal if you are a Postgraduate or Direct applicant.

Interviews and portfolios

What is the process for interviews and portfolios?

Once we receive your application we will assess the information you have included and then email you to provide full details about what you need to do to complete an interview, assessment or portfolio if required. Not all courses require you to attend an interview or share a portfolio, it just depends which course you have applied for.

What do you expect from a portfolio?

Portfolios are required by some of our creative courses to assess examples of your work. We understand that you may not have a full portfolio at this stage in the academic year, especially given the difficulties we have faced over the last couple of years, but we're keen to see your work so far to understand what your interests are within the subject you have applied to study.


When will I hear back about my portfolio?

You should expect to see a decision updated on UCAS within four weeks of your portfolio submission deadline, but please take into consideration the Christmas break and delays which may occur following this. You can monitor the progress of your application via UCAS Track.

I've been invited to an interview but can't attend, can I rearrange it?

If you need to reschedule your interview, you can use the applicant portal to do so.

If you are rearranging your interview for the second time then you will need to contact us directly via our contact form.


How do I prepare for my interview?

Further details about your interview and how to prepare can be found by following the “interview preparation” button on your interview invite once you have been selected for interview. Please check your inbox and read the invite carefully.

I've received an interview invite but my UCAS Track has not been updated.

Our interview process is independent from UCAS, so unfortunately this will not update on your UCAS Track.

If you have received an email from us inviting you to an interview, then please be assured you have been selected. The date, time and location of your interview is on your email and further details about how to prepare for your interview can be found by clicking the “interview preparation” button on the email.


How can I find out about Open Days?

Our next Undergraduate Open Day will be taking place on campus on Saturday 22 January 2022. You can book your place here now. If you’re not able to make this event, please keep an eye on our Undergraduate Events page for details of other ways to meet us.

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be taking place on Wednesday 23 February 2022 and you can register your interest here now. You can find more information about other postgraduate events and further resources here.

I've tried to book a place for the Undergraduate Open Day but my course is not listed.

Our Open Days are your chance to get more information about the courses taught on our campus. If you are interested in studying a course delivered at one of our partner colleges, which are Salford City College and Hopwood Hall College, you will find details of their upcoming Open Days on their websites.

If your course is taught on campus and not listed on the booking page it is most likely because we have reached capacity. We are working closely with our Health and Safety team to ensure that the event is as safe as possible and one of the requirements is that we have limited capacity in the rooms across campus to prevent crowding.

If you would like to visit campus on another occasion, we are planning to run campus tours on various dates in January.


Is the Undergraduate Open Day on 8 January going ahead?

We have made the decision to postpone this event from Saturday 8 January to Saturday 22 January.

Throughout the pandemic the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors has been our priority and we believe this is the best option right now.

You can find more information about undergraduate events here.


Can I speak to a current student who is studying my chosen course at Salford?

You can find out more about your course and chat to current students on our Unibuddy platform. Feel free to sign up, read some of the student ambassador profiles and ask questions to learn more about student life at Salford.

I am an international student - where can I find support?

Please refer to the following pages depending on what stage in the applicant journey you are at and what your query is: