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University of Salford

2016 League Table Ranking 96
2016 Overall Score 534
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Entry Standards 328 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.54 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,179 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.93 Help
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A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 460 Help
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A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 56.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 79.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 65.2 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 65.1 Help
Green Score
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  • The University’s past is rooted in the great Industrial Revolution of the 19th century which changed the world. The original University of Salford, then called the Salford Technical Institute, was founded in 1896 to meet the demands of the thriving industries in the region at that time.
  • In 1921 the Institute was renamed the Royal Technical College, later splitting into two separate organisations which became the University of Salford in 1967, and the University College Salford in 1992 respectively.
  • The two universities finally merged into a single institution in 1996 – exactly 100 years after the formation of the original Royal Technical Institute.

Location and Transport

  • The University is located just 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre, set predominantly on one large campus in 60 acres of parkland with the River Irwell running through it.
  • Our new state-of-the-art facility, focused on media and digital teaching and learning, is based at MediaCityUK which is located 2 miles from the campus and 4 miles from Manchester city centre.
  • A free bus service runs between the University and MediaCityUK; another free service runs between the main campus, car parks and accommodation.
  • Salford Crescent railway station is on our doorstep, offering frequent direct trains to Manchester and Manchester Airport with excellent links to destinations across the UK. There are also frequent bus services into Manchester.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements are between 220 and 320 UCAS tariff points for degree entry; slightly lower for foundation degrees.
  • Full details of the entry requirements for individual courses can be found in the University prospectus and on the website.
  • Salford is committed to widening access to higher education for all parts of the community and is proud to be in the top 10 HE institutions for widening participation for all applicants.
  • For those without formal qualifications, we offer an assessment service to assess individual potential to succeed at university.


A-Level and GCSE Requirements


  • We welcome applications from those with A level and AS level qualifications as with a wide range of qualifications within the UCAS tariff. The minimum entry requirement onto a degree course is two A levels, though this may vary across courses with some requiring 3 A levels and others accepting a mix of 2 A levels and AS levels. We also accept A levels combined with other qualifications including BTEC.


  • Most courses require GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above. This can vary however, and some selecting courses may require higher grades and other subjects in addition to these.

Student Mix

The 18,485 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Giving our students the best start for a successful career is an important part of our proposition, with three-quarters of our undergraduate courses offering the opportunity of work or study exchange placements in the UK and abroad.
  • We recognise the importance of flexible learning options, including part-time and distance learning study.
  • You can begin your further study at a number of different times in the year; our postgraduate courses offer varying start dates, through from September to March.

Teaching Standards

  • Achieving employability is an important part of the student experience. We have a long–established track record of successful relations with business and industry, leading to work placements for our students with a raft of partners from major companies to local businesses and lots of opportunities for students to meet and learn from employers.
  • Close collaboration with business and industry is at the heart of our course development, to ensure your learning is relevant to the real world. Many of our tutors are industry consultants and practitioners – for example, our Trauma and Orthopedics course is delivered by practicing orthopedic consultants, radiologists, sports physicians and specialist physiotherapists.
  • High profile visiting lecturers provide an insight in to potential career pathways, and you'll have the opportunity to learn from successful practitioners in your subject area, such as former Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr, and David Threlfall, who plays Frank Gallagher in Shameless.
  • Our courses are accredited by external professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, the British Psychological Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Research Standards

  • Salford has an international reputation as a research-informed institution that creates and applies new ideas, turning them into opportunities to benefit individuals and the knowledge economy, via a portfolio of over £20 million across research and enterprise.
  • Upper quartile of all universities for EPSRC value of grants held.
  • Largest non-medical health school in the UK.
  • Global partnerships with Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon, RMIT, Adobe, Avid, BBC and BT.
  • Ranked 48 out of 158 universities in the Research Fortnight power ranking tables (2008), placing us in the top third of UK Universities.

REF 2014

  • Research is of critical importance to the University. Our REF2014 results show an overall improvement in our performance since RAE2008 in the overall quality of our research and our research power.
  • We are committed to research excellence with impact, which is reflected in our range of Impact Case studies.
  • The quality of our research and learning environment is reflected in our THE 2014 Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology and Business School of the Year, and in our retention of the Vitae HR Excellence in Research award for a further four years.

Key Highlights

  • 50% of our research was world leading or internationally excellent in terms of its originality, significance and rigour
  • 90% of our research was judged to be of international quality
  • 100% of our impact in Social Work and Social Policy was rated as outstanding or very considerable
  • 80% of our research output in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials was rated as World Leading or Internationally Excellent
  • Over 85% of our Environment was rated as conducive to producing research of world leading and internationally excellent quality in terms of its vitality and sustainability in 5 units of assessment
  • Over 80% of our Impact was rated as outstanding or very considerable in 5 units of assessment
  • Salford Business School increased its GPA by 33% from RAE2008 and its overall position from the 69th to 54th centile in Business and Management

Postgraduate research

  • Discover something new on our MPhil and doctoral programmes. For more information visit

Research centres

  • Our multi-disciplinary research environment is grouped into centres. For more information visit

Academic Strengths

  • Many of our courses are accredited by a professional body – when you graduate, you’ll receive a recognised qualification and membership of the professional organisation in your chosen field. Accrediting bodies include RICS, CIM, NUJ, AMBA, CIPS, EPAS, CIPD, IME, CIOB and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • The University of Salford is the North West’s largest provider of health and social care education and training with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including an on-site podiatry clinic, human performance laboratory and a digital imaging suite.
  • We are the only university with a campus at MediaCityUK – the centre of the media, digital and creative industry in the UK. Our neighbours there include the BBC and ITV.
  • The School of Built Environment is one of the UK's leading centres for studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as being the UK's largest research institute in this sector.
  • Our School of Arts and Media is one of the largest of its kind in the country with lecturers who are experienced professionals, practitioners and researchers, many of whom are active in the fields in which they teach, providing contemporary and practical teaching.
  • Science and engineering is a traditional strength of the University, with particular highlights including acoustics and aeronautical engineering.

Student Facilities

  • We provide a dedicated website, where students can find information on every aspect of their university life. They can also get help and support on a wide range of student issues, including finances, visas, wellbeing and disability.
  • Extensive library facilities and resources are located across the wi-fi enabled campus, with more than 500,000 printed books, 400,000 e-books and 40,000 journals. Our resource discovery tool allows access to all our academic resources from a single online search programme.
  • The Library has a subject-specialist member of staff for each School, providing training and helping our students to make the most of the high-quality resources available.
  • More than 600 open access student PCs and printing facilities are provided across the campus, with an easy-to-use online system located on the student pages of our website. The system reveals where available PCs are located; 240 laptops are also available for loan within libraries.
  • We offer 24-hour access to our largest library all year round; all libraries offer both silent areas and spaces for working with others. The library has received the Customer Service Excellence Award for its high standards of service.

Disability Services

  • Student Life has a full support service including professional Disability Advisers, Wellbeing Advisers and Counsellors who specialise in supporting students with disabilities including mental health difficulties and Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia).
  • 14% of our student population declare a disability.
  • Our excellent accessibility and support are reflected in a comparison of UK universities where we are ranked 35th out of 162 by the percentage of students who declare a disability.
  • To contact our Disability & Learner Support Team please call 0161 295 9000, email or visit

Students' Union

  • The Union’s mission is to enhance students’ lives, ensuring University is the amazing, life-changing experience it should be. The Union wants you to love your life at Salford.
  • Every student at the University of Salford is automatically a member of the Students’ Union.
  • The Union works with the University to deliver change and improvements and a positive outcome for all students.
  • The Union is run by five Sabbatical officers, and each year students at Salford lead the direction of their work.
  • Each officer represents a College, and is dedicated to gathering feedback from students, and working with the University to ensure that their needs are met.
  • Students are also represented by a tier of representative students on their course.
  • The Students' Union Advice Centre offers free independent, friendly and professional advice, and specialises in academic-related issues.
  • The Union operate three shops across campus, offering discounted goods, course specific stationary and university merchandise.
  • The Union has invested in a new social space, Atmosphere, offering a wide variety of social experiences for all types of students. This helps students get to know others and connect to their community.
  • Atmosphere is the only bar on campus and offers daily meal deals and student led entertainment. It has an alcohol free space, and offers quiet zones for chilling out and gadget recharge points.
  • The Union’s Shock Radio and the online Salfordian newspaper offer amazing opportunities for student led media experience.
  • The Union runs sport and activities at Salford offering something for everyone. There are over 100 different sports and activity groups to choose from, as well as the popular 'Give Sport A Go' commitment-free activity programme.
  • The Union offers a low cost bike hire scheme, MyCycle, which offers good value bike rentals for short or long term use by students and staff.
  • The Union employs students every year for casual events, shops, bar, café, customer service, promotions, digital and creative roles.
  • The Union also operates a placement and graduate job scheme, which gives a number of year-long opportunities to students.
  • The Union offers a fun Welcome social programme, helping new and returning students integrate in Salford, and make new friends through a variety of fun and low cost events and social experiences.


  • The Students’ Union operates over 100 sports and activity groups, from Performing Arts to Snow Sports. Students, who don't have the time to commit to a group, can participate in our 'Give Sport A Go' programme, non-commitment active sessions, which are run throughout the year.
  • There is plenty of opportunity to play competitive sport while at Salford. Each week, 39 of our teams compete against other Universities as part of the BUCS leagues.
  • The Sports Centre operates astroturf pitches for football, hockey and rugby, and grass pitches for football and rugby.
  • The Sports Centre, located on campus, is equipped with a 25m swimming pool, 4 fitness studios, conditioning and strength rooms with the latest in cardio and strength equipment, a climbing wall, 2 squash courts and a large multi-purpose sports hall.
  • Spinning, Metafit and Zumba classes are just a few of the 32 classes we have weekly on our timetable.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Our ambitious programme of campus improvement began in 2006 with the purpose-built Mary Seacole building for health and social care students, boasting state-of-the-art human performance labs. The new Salford Business School opened in September 2007, providing a smart learning environment; our capital investment plan continues to gain momentum as we weave a range of innovative social and learning space solutions across the campus. All initiatives are designed to support the development of a vibrant 24-hour campus culture within the next two years.
  • The new multi-million pound New Adelphi Building is in development on the main campus and will feature arts and media facilities, including a theatre, studio space and practice space plus innovative social learning areas. This fantastic new space is due to open early in 2016.
  • A major development of new student rooms on campus is due to be completed in 2015. Overlooking the historic Peel Park, these new residences will be an important part of the 24-hour life on campus we are working to create, along with shops, restaurants and cafes.
  • Our main lecture facilities have benefited from a complete face lift. Students now enjoy six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with views across the campus.
  • We are the only university to have a major presence at MediaCityUK. Our new building is right next door to six national BBC departments including Sport and Children’s; ITV and a growing number of creative, media and film companies are also close neighbours. With over 100,000 sq ft of space, 1,500 students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in a creatively charged environment as they study for creative, digital, business and media courses.
  • The Student Life department, a one-stop shop where students go for advice on anything from careers to finance, recently had a £3-million refit to provide the best possible environment to care and support for our students with counseling rooms, social areas and a one-stop-shop advice desk.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Part-time, vacation-period, placement, voluntary and graduate job opportunities are sourced from employers so that students can apply for them. In 2013–14 the University sourced and promoted a total of 17,294 employment opportunities from employers, which required a total of 26,083 recruits. A dedicated team of staff source and promote employment opportunities all year round and students are actively encouraged to take part, to enhance their employability.
  • On-campus recruitment fairs are delivered from October to February to provide opportunities for students and graduates to meet, impress and learn from employers. These provide opportunities to engage with local employers offering part-time jobs, and sector specific events that provide opportunities to meet employers offering placement and graduate job opportunities.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers advice and information is available across all subjects with support for developing job seeking skills, CVs and interview techniques. Careers advice and information is available to University of Salford students and graduates for life, years beyond graduation – all designed to provide you with real competitive advantages in the world of employment.
  • Advice and information is available to help students and graduates develop their business ideas into their own businesses and social enterprises and to explore being self-employed.

Notable Alumni

We are incredibly proud of our successful alumni, who have gone on to achieve great things after their time with us. This is a selection of some names you may recognise:

  • Kate Abdo - Sky Sports News presenter.
  • Andy Bond – former Chief Executive of Asda.
  • OJ Borg – BBC TV and radio presenter.
  • Warren Brown - actor.
  • Professor Darwin Caldwell – Research Director, Italian Institute of Technology, key person in iCub project.
  • Anwar Choudhury – British diplomat, former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
  • Helen Dent CBE – Former Chief Executive of Family Action.
  • Christopher Eccleston – actor.
  • Ieuan Evans – former international rugby union player for Wales.
  • Dean Fagan – current Coronation Street actor.
  • Mike Flewitt – CEO McLaren Automotive.
  • John Hammond – BBC presenter.
  • Jonathan Higgs – from the band Everything Everything.
  • Theo Hutchcraft – singer from the band Hurts.
  • Peter Kay – comedian.
  • Javed Khan – CEO of Barnados.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley – actor.
  • Jason Manford – Manchester comedian and Perrier nominee.
  • Sarfraz Manzoor – writer, journalist and documentary maker.
  • Kristyna Myles – singer-songwriter.
  • Karl Newton – Executive Producer at ITV Studios.
  • Anjali Pathak – TV Chef and author.
  • Robin Richards – from the band Dutch Uncles.
  • Karimah Es Sabar – CEO of Centre for Drug Research and Development in Canada.
  • Jim Sturgess – actor.
  • B. N. Suresh (Byrana Nagappa Suresh) – Indian aerospace scientist; 2002 recipient of Padma Shri.
  • David Tupman – lead developer of iPad and iPhone.
  • Norman Whiteside – former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer.
  • Maxine Wrigley – Chief Executive of A National Voice.

For further information

  • +44 (0)161 295 5000
  • University of Salford
    The Crescent
    Greater Manchester
    M5 4WT
UCAS Code S03

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