How to apply

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Before You Apply

Please read all of the information on this page before applying for your research degree. Before you begin your application, please make sure you have your supporting documents to hand. These include your:

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

Key admissions dates

We have entry points in January, May and September for most research degrees. For the Salford Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), the entry points are in May and September.

If you are a home or EU applicant, please submit your application at least six weeks before your course starts. If you are applying from outside the UK or EU, please submit your application at least ten weeks before your course starts.

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 at the school you are applying to in order to make sure you understand what is expected in your subject area.

When preparing your research proposal, please make sure that the specialist area you wish to study is covered by a member of staff here. To do this, check individual staff entries on the research centre site that relates to your area of study. You can also contact the relevant research administrator at the school you are applying to. 

For help preparing your research proposal, please download the relevant guidance notes: 

Relevant work experience

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

Bench fees

Some postgraduate research programmes charge a bench fee. Bench fees cover additional programme costs like specialist laboratory work, field trips, and equipment purchase, hire and maintenance. 

English language requirements

If you need to take an English Language test and haven't yet done so, please note that the availability of these and the time it takes to receive your certificates can vary depending on the time of year. For more information please visit the IELTS and Pearson English Language Test websites. For details of other English Language tests accepted for the UKVI, please see the Government’s website.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is run by the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The scheme is aimed primarily at specific postgraduate research areas and is compulsory for international student visa applications on 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 aims to process applications within a minimum of 20 working days. For further details please see the information on the Government’s website.  

Postgraduate research admissions contacts

Postgraduate research admissions contacts

School of Arts and Media

Salford Business School

School of the Built Environment

School of Health and Society

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

School of Environment and Life Sciences

Submitting your application

When you first enter the online application portal, you will be asked to create an account. You will then receive an email with your PIN and password. You can re-enter and complete your application at a time that is convenient to you. Once you have filled in your application details and uploaded your supporting documents, you will be able to submit your application. You can print a copy of your application once you have submitted it, however you cannot re-enter and make any changes at this stage.

What happens next?

When you submit your application we will email you to acknowledge that we have received it. You will be notified of the outcome of your application in writing. If you have any questions about the progress of your application, please email our admissions team on pg-admissions@salford.ac.uk.