Before you apply

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If you’re applying to the University of Salford from outside the UK, we want to make the process as smooth as possible. The application procedure is different for undergraduate and postgraduate students, so please follow the guidance according to your level of study.

English Language Requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements.

English language requirements are shown on individual course pages. Generally, this is shown as an IELTS grade, however we accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

As a general guide:

  • For undergraduate courses we require IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent
  • For postgraduate courses, we require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent
  • For the International Foundation Year, we require IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum 4.0 in each component) in UKVI IELTS for UKVI (Academic).

The approved equivalent qualifications list includes the following: 

  • Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) 
  • Regional-based qualifications
  • Majority English Speaking Countries as deemed by UKVI
  • Medium of English Institutions

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK may require evidence of a Secure English Language test rather than an examination or qualification due to visa requirements, as deemed by the UK Government Home Office, Visa and Immigration (UKVI).

Equivalent qualifications

Secure English Language Tests

Applicants with the following SELT (Secure English Language Test) are deemed to be approved for entry to our courses, depending on the level of entry measured through IELTS.

Common European Framework

UKVI IELTS 4.5 equivalent: B1

UKVI IELTS 5.0 equivalent: B2

UKVI IELTS 5.5 equivalent: B2

UKVI IELTS 6.0 equivalent: B2

UKVI IELTS 

UKVI IELTS 4.5 equivalent: 4.5 (pre-sessional and International Foundation Year only)

UKVI IELTS 5.0 equivalent: 5.0 (pre-sessional and International Foundation Year only)

UKVI IELTS 5.5 equivalent: 5.5 

UKVI IELTS 6.0 equivalent: 6.0

Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English

UKVI IELTS 4.5 equivalent: ISE I – Pass

UKVI IELTS 5.0 equivalent: ISE II – Pass

UKVI IELTS 5.5 equivalent: ISE II – Pass

UKVI IELTS 6.0 equivalent: ISE II – Pass

Note: By UKVI regulations, SELTs are deemed to prove knowledge of English and applicants will not require a further test for Tier 4 sponsorship. This list is managed by the UK Government Home Office (UKVI) and may be subject to change.

     

 

Regional based qualifications

These qualifications are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry onto all of our courses at degree level or above.  

We accept the following qualifications as proof of English for Tier 4 visa sponsorship purposes, therefore applicants will not require an additional SELT.

Worldwide

GCSE English (all UK boards): Grade C.

iGCSE English: Grade C.

O Level English (all UK boards): Grade C.

A Level English (all UK boards): Grade E.

AS Level English (all UK boards): Grade E.

International Baccalaureate: English higher A1/A2/B at 4/5/5 or English standard at 5/6/6 (out of 7).

TOEFL IBT: 79 overall including minimum listening - 17; reading - 18; writing - 17; speaking - 20.

Pearsons (undergraduate and postgraduate only): 61=6.5, 56=6.0, 51=5.5.

NCUK – all programmes: EAP D overall, with no components below D; or EAP C overall, with no components below E, and a maximum of one component at E.

INTO Foundation: EAP D (see NCUK).

Kaplan International College - Foundation Year / pre-master's: 60% in English with all components 55% or above.

University of Michigan - Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE): ECCE test takers will receive a scaled numeric score for all four sections. Test takers who achieve an average score of 650 or higher will be awarded a certificate. Additionally, ECCE test takers who achieve a scoreof 840 or higher in all four sections will be awarded a Certificate of Competency with Honours.

Anguilla

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Antigua and Barbuda

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Australia

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Austria

Reifeprufung/Matura: English subject – Mark of 2 or gut.

(The) Bahamas

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Barbados

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Belize

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Bermuda

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

British Antarctic Territory

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

British Indian Ocean Territory

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

British Virgin Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Brunei Darussalam

Cambridge O-Level English Language: Grade C6 or above.

Bulgaria

Diploma of Completed Secondary Education: English subject – pass (grade 3 or above).

Canada

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Cayman Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

China

Sino-British College International Diploma: Pass including minimum EAP D.

Cyprus

Apolyterion: 15 or above in English.

Dominica

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Falklands Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

France

International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB): MUST be the English Language Stream - Pass in the OIB.

Germany

Abitur: 10 or above in English Language.

Ghana

WAEC/WASSCE English Language: Grade C6 or above.

Gibraltar

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Grenada

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Greece

Apolytirion – English subject: 15 or above.

Guyana

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Hong Kong

HKALE Use of English: grade D or above.

HKCEE (Syllabus B): grade C or above.

HKDSE: grade 4 or above.

India

Standard XII: English (only when award from CBSE or CISCE): 70% or above.

Jamaica 

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English as a First Language: Grade C or above.

Malaysia

SPM 1119 English (Bahasa Inggeris): Grade C or above on the UCLES O level grade (or grade 6C or above if taken between 2000-2009).

Mauritius

Cambridge High School Certificate (includes O Level/iGCSE English: Grade C or above.

Montserrat

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

New Zealand

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Norway

Vitnemal: Four or above in English Language.

Nigeria

WAEC/NECO English Language: Grade C6 or above; or Pass in GNS 1 and 2.

Pitcairn Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Poland

Matura: 70% or above in English Language.

Republic of Ireland

Irish degree: Successful completion of Irish master's degree; or Irish bachelor's degree.

Singapore

O level.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan O Level English: Credit or above.

St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year secondary education qualification in English.

St Kitts & Nevis

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

St Lucia

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

St Vincent & the Grenadines

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Tanzania

Certificate of Secondary Education (Also known as Certificate of Secondary Education Examination or CSEE): Grade C or above.

Trinidad & Tobago

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

Turks & Caicos

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE): Grade 1-6.

United Kingdom

UK bachelor's or master's degree: successful completion.

United States of America

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree orhave successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve.

West Africa

WAEC/WASSCE English Language: Grade C6 or above.

Majority English speaking countries

Applicants with degrees from these countries (must be equivalent to a UK degree) are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry into all of our programmes.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

Note: By UKVI regulations, nationals of the above countries, as well as Canada, do not need to prove knowledge of English, and applicants will not require a further test for Tier 4 visa sponsorship. This list is managed by the UK Home Office (UKVI) and may be subject to change.

Medium of English Institutions

Students who have completed applicable courses at the following institutions are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry onto all of our programmes at degree level or above, provided the course has been completed in the past two years.

We accepts the qualifications for proof of English for Tier 4 visa sponsorship purposes and applicants will not require an additional SELT.

Hong Kong

LiPACE Open University Hong Kong (OUHK): Successful completion of Higher Diploma course.

India

Indian Institute or Technology: Successful completion of course.

Indian Institute of Management (various campuses): Successful completion of course.

University of Delhi: Successful completion of course.

University of Mumbai: Successful completion of course.

University of Calcutta (Kolkatta): Successful completion of course.

Malaysia

Taylors University College: Successful completion of course.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UiTM): Successful completion of course.

Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC): Successful completion of course.

INTI University College Malaysia: Successful completion of course.

Laila Taib College (LTB): Successful completion of course.

International Foundation Year

A student at the University of Salford

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) will fully prepare you for entry onto one of our undergraduate degrees. Based on campus, all of your teaching will be delivered by our academics and you will have full access to our facilities. You will study a mixture of subject-specific content and improve your English language and academic study skills. The subject-specific modules are tailored to your chosen degree so when you pass the IFY, you’ll be able to progress onto over 100 degree courses here.

Pre Sessional English

Develop your academic study skills and improve your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills on our Pre-Sessional English course. Accredited by the British Council, this course will help you meet the English language requirements for our undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes. You will also gain valuable experience of studying in the UK and familiarising yourself with British culture.

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Undergraduate applications

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Includes BSc, BA, BEng, MEng, LLB, HND, FdSc and bachelor’s degrees.

UCAS is the central admissions service for universities in the UK, and is the system we use for undergraduate applications. You will need to quote our institution code (S03) when you apply, along with our institution code name (SALF) and the code for your chosen course (find this on your course page). Leave the campus code blank.

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Key information about undergraduate applications

Personal statements

The personal statement is a crucial part of university applications in the UK. It’s your chance to tell us why you are interested in studying your course; why you want to study at the University of Salford; the skills, experiences and qualities you will bring to your studies; and why we should make you an offer. We recommend using UCAS’s helpful guide to find out what makes a good personal statement. You can also use our template to help write your statement. 

Application deadlines

If you are based in the EU, the deadline to apply is 15 January. Students from outside the EU have until 30 June to apply. We recommend applying as soon as possible as courses may become full. Applications after these dates can be made through Clearing.

English language courses

We run year-round English language courses for international students. These courses are designed to help you improve your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

NCUK students

We are a founding member of the Northern Consortium (NCUK), a group of 16 leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities and helping you succeed when you get there. Since 1987, NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain guaranteed access to university. Find out more about NCUK's scholarships, plus the foundation and graduate pathway programmes.

Need help applying?

If you’d like help with your application, you can speak to one of our approved education consultants, based in 32 countries worldwide. They will be able to tell you more about our courses, give information about living in Salford and Manchester, assist with application forms and give advice about applying for your visa. Alternatively, you can contact our UK team on international@salford.ac.uk or +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Postgraduate applications

Pharmaceutical Three Students Working Together in a lab

It’s an exciting time to be a postgraduate student here. Our innovative research environment is recognised around the world, building international opportunities and offering you a platform to develop your own profile.

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Key information about postgraduate applications

Postgraduate taught degrees

Includes master's, MSc, MA, MBA, LLM, PgDip and PgCert degrees.

You need to apply online for the majority of our postgraduate taught courses. Access our online application portal and find out more about applying for postgraduate study, including details of our entry requirements, application deadlines, and the supporting documents you need to submit with your application. 

Postgraduate research degrees

Includes PhD and MRes degrees.

You need to apply online for the majority of postgraduate research programmes. Access our online application portal and find out more about applying for postgraduate study, including details of our entry requirements, application deadlines, and the supporting documents you need to submit with your application. 

Getting your visa

If you want to study in the UK you'll need a Tier 4 student visa. Our student support site, askUS, provides detailed instructions on how to apply for this, whether you're based within the UK or outside. Visit our askUS site for more information. We recommend reading this information carefully before you apply.

Application Deadlines

Please download this factsheet for details of application deadlines for 2018/19 entry.