University of Salford

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.05 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.54 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.33 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    59.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    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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  • Good Honours 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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    71.3 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    79.9 / 100.0


  • Our 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

  • We have three campuses: the largest, Peel Park, is located just 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre and set in 60 acres of parkland.
  • Salford Crescent railway station is at the gateway to Peel Park, with frequent direct trains to Manchester city centre, Manchester Airport and across the UK.
  • Frederick Road Campus sits at the other side of Salford Crescent railway station, a short walk from Peel Park.
  • Two miles from the main campus and four miles from Manchester city centre is our MediaCityUK campus, which focuses on media and digital teaching and learning. The Metrolink tram service runs from Manchester city centre to MediaCityUK every few minutes.
  • A free bus service runs between Peel Park, Frederick Road and MediaCityUK. Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses are on an arterial bus route feeding Manchester city centre.

Entry Requirements

  • We welcome applications from people who may not meet traditional entry requirements but have the ability to complete the course, under our accreditation of prior learning (APL) scheme.

A levels

  • 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 three A levels and others accepting a mix of two A levels and AS levels.
  • We also accept A levels combined with other qualifications including BTEC.
  • We will continue to accept these combinations of qualifications as applicants start to apply with reformed qualifications, though this may vary on a course by course basis. We also understand that schools will be adopting a number of approaches to the reforms and we would not expect all applicants to have AS level qualifications.


  • 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 GCSE subjects in addition to these.
  • Under the reform of the GCSE grading system we will accept Grade 4 as being equivalent to the current Grade C.

Student Mix

The 18,920 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%


  • UK 83%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Course Flexibility

  • We provide real-world, career-focused experiences and our courses are shaped by the feedback we receive from our hundreds of industry partners. Two thirds of all courses offer work placements, some of which are abroad and almost all of which count towards degree classifications. We recognise the importance of flexible learning options, including part-time and distance learning study.
  • We actively promote Erasmus exchange opportunities, which are available to students studying full or part-time towards an eligible programme.
  • Our postgraduate courses offer varying start dates, from September to March.
  • Salford Business School postgraduate courses offer six entry points throughout the year, with three entry points for the MBA.
  • We offer foundation programmes in Biology, Aeronautical Enginering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Management. We also offer an International Foundation Year.
  • We offer accelerated, two-year degree courses in five areas: Architectural Design & Technology, Building Surveying, Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Real Estate Property Management.

Teaching Standards

  • Students are provided with opportunities inside and outside the curriculum to develop their employability skills and learn to confidently convey their employability to potential employers.
  • We have a well-established track record of successful working relationships with business, resulting in work placements, insight for students and collaborative projects.
  • Business partners include international, national and local businesses and organisations such as Greater Manchester Police, Adobe, Santander and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
  • New Industry Collaboration Zones are being established on-campus to bring together and expand partnership working with businesses and to grow opportunities for students to work with, learn from and be inspired by industry partners. These will be aligned to priority sectors for the university including digital and creative, engineering and environments, health and wellbeing and sport.
  • We provide on-campus opportunities for students and graduates to meet employers and to impress and learn from them.
  • Accrediting bodies include: Health Care Professionals Council, College of Occupational Therapists, The World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Professional Footballers Association, HCPC, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, British Psychological Society (BPS), BASRaT, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, SCoR (Society and College of Radiographers), College of Occupational Therapists, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Care Professionals Council, The College of Social Work, Baby Friendly by UNICEF, AMBA, CEEMAN, EPAS, Insitute of Direct and Digital Marketing, Solicitors Regulatory Authority, Bar Standards Board, CIAT, RICS, CIOB, BQSM, Joint Board of Moderators, Chartered Institute of Housing, ACCA, APM, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Institute of Directors, APM, Chartered Marketing Institute, Institute of Chartered Accountants, SCoR (Society and College of Radiographers), HCPC (Health Care Professions Council), Skills Active UK, Institute of Biomedical Science, Royal Society of Biology
  • In the 2015 NSS results, we scored a minimum of 80% for teaching quality in more than three quarters of our undergraduate courses, with nearly half scoring 90% or above. Our courses in Politics, Civil Engineering, Professional Studies Nursing and Social Work, and Midwifery all scored 100%.

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

  • Our Research and Enterprise Strategy is to develop, support and promote innovation and excellence in research and enterprise, delivering outstanding impact and world leading research, and building on our reputation as a partner of choice for industry.
  • 50% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with over 80% of our impact rated as outstanding or very considerable in five units of assessment.
  • Research is organised into nine research centres, across Health Sciences; Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science; Business and Management; Arts, Media and Communication; Biomedical, Ecosystems and Environment; Computing, Science and Engineering; and Built Environment.

Postgraduate research

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

Research centres

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

Academic Strengths

  • Salford Business School is number one in the north-west of England for student engagement (HESE). We were awarded the THE Business School of the Year award in 2014 in recognition of our strong links with industry and the sector-leading work we do to provide our students with innovative industry experiences.
  • The School of Arts and Media, based at MediaCityUK and our new flagship New Adelphi facility, is one of the largest in the country. We have excellent links with the creative and digital media industries which allow us to provide live projects for our students and give them real-world industry experience as part of their course. Guest lectures from industry professionals feature heavily on our courses.
  • Courses at the School of Computing, Science and Engineering have accreditations from the Joint Board of Moderators and 12 other industry bodies. We’re in the top five percent in the world for our civil and structural engineering courses. We have a huge range of teaching and researching facilities, including a fully-immersive virtual reality environment, acoustics labs, wind tunnels, flight simulators, robotics labs and a gas and petroleum engineering lab.
  • We are the largest provider of health and social care education in the north-west of England, training over 700 nurses every year. On-site teaching and research facilities include working clinics in podiatry, sport and injury rehabilitation; a prosthetics and orthotics lab; a human performance lab, and a digital imaging suite. We are accredited as a centre of teaching excellence by the North West Simulation Network.
  • Industry placement opportunties are available on all undergraduate courses, and 96% of our students go on to further study or employment within six months of graduating (DLHE 2014). Facilites are extensive, including the world’s only fully climate-controlled Energy House.
  • All School of the Environment and Life Sciences include live projects and field work, and we achieved a 100% satisfaction rating on our Biology and Biomedical Science course in the NSS 2015 results.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • askUs is our student advice and support service, available in person or online. The online facility provides a comprehensive range of tools for help and advice (sickness, disabilities, finance, visas, accommodation, etc) as well as a self-service portal for requesting letters and forms and viewing results. Students who prefer to speak to someone in person can speak to one of our trained advisers to receive help with their issues.
  • Our main library is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year. There are 1,860 study spaces, more than 360,000 printed books and over 600,000 electronic books which can be accessed remotely. We also have more than 600 PCs, a laptop loans service and networked printing across campus for PCs and mobile devices. Subject-specific academic librarians are available for each school.
  • Free wi-fi is available across all campuses.
  • Support plans are available for students with circumstances which may put them at a disadvantage to their peers.
  • Stonewall and the Pink Paper rate us as one of the best universities for support for LGBTQI students.
  • There’s a privately-operated, purpose-built child-care facility on site for babies and children aged between three months and five years.
  • We have an on-site gym with pool and spa (see Sport).
  • Our English Language Centre provides high-quality, fully-accredited and internationally-recognised qualifications for people whose first language is not English.
  • We offer free workshops on our MediaCityUK campus for students who wish to take extra-curricular lessons in media and digital technology and skills.
  • We have an extensive careers and employability service which includes free skills workshops.
  • Alumni receive a number of free lifelong benefits, including a university email for life which gives them access to all our online resources; use of the libraries; discounted use of the Sports Centre; meeting facilities; access to the careers service; and loyalty discount on further study.
  • Social facilities on campus include a network of cafes and restaurants (Salfood), a union-operated bar, a grocery shop, Subway and Costa Coffee outlets, and a staffed branch of Santander bank.

Disability Services

  • Academic support is available for students with conditions including (but not limited to) SpLD such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD; autism spectrum conditions (including Aspergers); mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression and bipolar affective disorder; hearing and visual impairments; long-term medical conditions such as epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, cancer, HIV and diabetes; physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, hypermobility syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome; mobility difficulties; temporary injuries such as broken bones or recovery from an operation.
  • Support can range from provision of specialist equipment, to extra time to complete assignments or help with taking notes.
  • We have a wellbeing and counselling service for all students. Wellbeing advisers can help students find solutions to problems they are facing, while counsellors provide talking therapy in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
  • We offer a carer support service for students who look after a disabled or sick family member, neighbour or friend.
  • For more information about disability and learner support, email or call 0161 295 9000.

Students' Union

  • The University of Salford Students’ Union operates over 120 different clubs, societies and activities. Students can sample all of these, as well as many other events and social activities, during our Welcome week each September.
  • Our Give It A Go scheme offers a range of different clubs and activities on a pay and play basis, making trying new things flexible and affordable.
  • The USSU also manages shops, study spaces, cafes and bars on campus.
  • Our vital support services include an advice centre to help students through times when they need a little help, support or expert advice. The Student Advice Centre is free and confidential, and run by highly trained professional advisers who can help with academic and personal problems.
  • Our remit doesn’t end with looking after academic and personal welfare: we can also help find work. USSU has lots of employment opportunities for casual jobs, internships and placements in our bars, cafés and shops, or helping with our events and marketing.
  • We have our own radio station – Shock Radio – and produce our own newspaper – the Salfordian.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Part-time, vacation-period, placement, voluntary and graduate job opportunities are sourced from employers. Students are encouraged to apply for and engage in these opportunities to develop their employability. In 2014/15, we sourced and promoted a total of 3,948 employment opportunities from employers, which required a total of 13,771 recruits.
  • A dedicated team of staff source and promote employment opportunities.
  • Students are actively encouraged to gain valuable work experience and develop employability skills. Students are provided with advice on developing their ability to reflect on, articulate and convey their employability to potential employers.
  • An on-campus annual part-time jobs fair is delivered every October to give students opportunities to meet employers promoting their local part-time job vacancies.
  • Students and recent graduates can engage with a range of work experience schemes including one week, one month and three month paid placements working with local businesses and organisations. These can be full or part-time.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers advice and information is available across all subjects with support for developing job seeking skills, including CVs, LinkedIn profiles, applications and interview techniques. Careers advice and information resources are available to University of Salford students and graduates for life.
  • Advice and information is available to help students and graduates develop their enterprise skills. Support and inspiration is provided to help students and graduates turn their business ideas into commercially viable businesses and social enterprises and to explore self-employed, freelance and consultancy career options.
  • On-campus sector-specific placement and graduate recruitment fairs are delivered annually between October and February to allow students and graduates to meet employers so they can impress, learn from and find out about employment opportunities. Annual recruitment fairs promoting placements and graduate jobs include a routes into teaching event; a built environment fair; a business and law careers fair; a computing, science and engineering recruitment fair; an acoustics, audio and video recruitment fair; a health sciences careers fair, and many more.
  • Employers providing insight and promoting their employment opportunities to students on-campus in 2015/16 include AECOM, Arcadis UK, Army Careers, Arup, Avecto, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Bentley Motors, Boohoo, Capita, Christy Media Solutions, Co-operative Bank, CRCC Asia, Cummins, Deloitte LLP, Deltatre Media, Dolby Europe, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, FDM Group, Fujitsu, Galliford Try, George House Trust, Gleeds, Graham Construction, Hays, HILTI, InternChina, Ipsos MORI, Lagan Construction, Laing O'Rourke, Manchester Airport Group, Manchester Physio, Matalan Retail, Medacs Healthcare, Mouchel, mxData Ltd, Nuttersons, Nycomm, Orbital Gas Systems, Orridge, ParkCloud, Peninsula Business Services, PSS (UK), Ramboll Acoustics, RBA Acoustics, Red Rose Forest, Sandhills East, Satellite Information Services , Savills, Selfridges, Southdowns Environmental Consultants, Spectrum Acoustics, SPIE, Teach First, The Lowry Hotel, Together Trust, Turner & Townsend, VME Limited, Web Applications UK and Wireless CCTV.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • We are in the middle of a £150m+ capital programme which is helping to bring about significant changes to the shape of the university.
  • Our £30 million development in MediaCityUK is designed to provide exceptional opportunities for 1,500 students on 64 courses to work with BBC professionals and other staff using the latest equipment, studios and laboratories.
  • New for 2016, the New Adelphi building dominates the main Peel Park campus and provides a new entrance direct from Salford Crescent rail station. Home to art, performance and design and technology students, it’s designed to be the social hub of the campus. It houses a 350-seat theatre, two smaller theatres, fully-functioning and industry-standard TV, radio and music studios, an extensive suite of art, design and technology facilities and equipment, open spaces for exhibitions and collaborations, dance studios and café and bar areas.
  • We have invested £81 million into Peel Park Quarter, our new student apartment complex, bringing the total number of residential places to 2,400. Facilities also include a cinema, gym, TV and games room, group study lounges and a launderette.
  • Health and social care students are based in a recently opened £22 million headquarters, with practice clinics, hospital ward facilities, a digital imaging suite and a human performance laboratory.
  • Social spaces, food outlets and landscaped open spaces have all benefited from significant investment and refurbishment.

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:

  • Nigel Adkins, manager, Sheffield United FC
  • Rob Carnell, chief international economist, ING Financial Markets
  • Rob Bagshaw, senior vice-president, Bunim Murray (executive producer of Keeping up with the Kardashians)
  • Ajith Dias, chairman, Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Sameena Ali-Khan, news presenter, ITV Global Entertainment
  • Keith Ludeman, chairman, Bristol Water PLC
  • Ayub Din, actor and playwrite (writer of the movie ‘East is East’)
  • 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
  • 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 – 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

Further Details

Address University of Salford
The Crescent
Greater Manchester
M5 4WT
UCAS Code S03