Choose Politics at Salford
You've been made an offer to join our friendly and supportive politics community because we recognise how talented you are. In September, you'll make one-of-the most important and exciting moves in your life! We want to make sure that you choose the right option for you.
So what's the next step?
Come see us at an Applicant Visit Day on 18 March or 25 April.
- To help with travel costs, if you live in Greater Manchester, we'll contribute £15 to the cost of your visit; for anyone coming from further afield, we'll contribute £40 (find out more at the website below).
- You'll have a chance to meet other students who have applied for your course and share the same passion for politics.
- Take part in a 'mock' lesson so you'll see first hand what it's like to learn here at the University of Salford.
- Speak to our course tutors and current students about any questions you may have.
What are the politics and public sector opportunities within Greater Manchester?
Manchester and Salford have a long tradition of radical politics and political engagement – and the opportunities reflect that. We’ve always encouraged students to go get into grassroots politics or share their views, and they’ve never disappointed. Many combine study with active political lives and become councillors or go on to stand as an MP.
Are businesses in Greater Manchester recruiting for jobs in the arts and media industry?
The skills you learn from our degree's are transferable. The number of people working in the creative industries in the north-west of England jumped 26.5% between 2011 and 2018 to 158,000, including 15,000 in advertising and marketing, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.
Manchester's industry is growing faster than anywhere in the UK outside London
There are 7,475 more jobs in the sector than there were two years ago. Manchester's creative industry is growing faster than anywhere in the UK outside London, new figures reveal.
Why should you choose Politics at the University of Salford?
From MPs to academics to researchers, our degrees prepare you for the working world.
Our graduates and alumni have secured placements and jobs in the private, public, and charity sectors.
In the 2019 National Student Survey, 100% of students on our International Relations and Politics course said staff were good at explaining things (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data).
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Salford is part of Greater Manchester; a creative, thriving, diverse city-region in the north-west of England and home to some of the most open and friendly people you'll meet. There's an entrepreneurial spirit with the School of Art and Media – we've got big ideas, and we make them happen.
Our main campus is just 2km from Manchester city centre, and our MediaCityUK campus shares a skyline with the BBC and ITV. Everything you need for an outstanding university experience.
But we also know how to have fun – with some of the greatest sports, culture, and music scenes in the world. Salford and Manchester are home to anyone who works hard and plays hard.
You can have a tour of our student accommodation
Living in student accommodation is a great way to get settled into university life, meet new people and immerse yourself in the student experience.
No matter whether you're an undergraduate student coming to University for the first time, an international student, or a postgraduate student looking to live in halls, we've got some great accommodation options to choose from here at the University of Salford, including Peel Park Quarter - which was recently voted as the third-best Halls of Residence in the UK by Student Hut.
You can learn more about the support services we have
We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. Whether you need advice about accommodation, settling into student life, or want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing team, we are here to help.
You can learn more about the student finance process
While you are studying either an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University you'll normally have to pay for your tuition fees as well as your living costs for the duration of your degree. You can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for loans and grants to help with some of these costs.
If you are a UK undergraduate ordinarily resident in Wales, Nothern Ireland or Scotland then you can apply for finance through the following agencies:
- Wales: Student Finance Wales
- Northern Ireland: Student Finance NI
- Scotland: Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
For more information on the student finance process, visit the student loans and grants askUs webpage.
What's the teaching style like for politics courses at the University of Salford?
It varies from course to course, lecturer to lecturer. Although you think of a university education as just sitting in lectures, it isn’t just that. Yes, lectures are still used but you’re taught by our experts in student-focused seminars where you get to test and discuss some of the issues raised in lectures, or even in workshops. We try and make things as engaging as possible as this helps develop the transferrable skills we want you to come away from university with.
How are you preparing the next generation for entering the politics sector in the UK?
It has been known for some of our alumni to go on and follow a career in Parliament. At our first awards night in May 2019 we invited back alumni such as Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP for Denton & Reddish. We’ve also had students taking their passion for politics further by studying and representing local communities as councillors in Manchester, Salford and the North West, so it’s not all about just national politics.
How often do you refresh your course content to keep what I'm learning fresh?
If anyone’s been watching international, national or even local politics recently, you'll know we’re in an age of change. If it’s Brexit, greater power sharing for regions or the way politics is done, we’re forced to rethink our course and programme content. We’ve had colleagues watching the Brexit result in 2016, having to rethink how they’re going to do a module on EU politics, and others having to change parts of their module because the nature of campaigning is now increasingly online. Even looking at international politics we’re having to change programme content to reflect the evolution of the international system and the rise of new powers such as China, and the return of Russia to the international agenda.
No question is a bad one
Whether it's about the field trips our students gain valuable experience from, to how big our class sizes are, or details around our new module 'The Work Project' - you can find out more by attending an Applicant Visit Day. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions to our friendly and approachable staff.
So come visit us on 18 March or 25 April and get a feel for what it's really like to be a student at the University of Salford.