Information for Prospective Students

If you are interested in applying for a PhD or research masters at Salford, please visit the applying webpages.

Before submitting an application, make sure that the specialist area you wish to study is covered by a member of staff at the University. You can do this by:

Checking individual staff entries on the Research Centre sites that relate to your area
Exploring staff profiles and checking current research interests.

You should then discuss your research proposal with the Postgraduate Research Admissions Contacts of the school to which you are applying.

Modes of Study

Salford offers researchers several different modes of studying for a postgraduate qualification. Research masters and PhDs can be studied for full time or part time. In addition, PhDs can be completed through the following modes:

PhD by Publication 

The degree of PhD by Published Works presents an opportunity for people who have not followed the traditional route to Doctoral study. This may include people entering higher education in mid-career, especially in practice based disciplines. The publications submitted as part of a PhD by Published Works provide evidence of the candidate’s capacity to pursue research, represent a coherent contribution to research in a given field and demonstrate a depth of scholarship, criticality and originality comparable with that required for a traditional PhD.
The current Guidance for the Award of PhD by Published Works can be found as Appendix 7 in the Code of Practice for the Conduct of Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes at

Split-Site PhDs

Split-site (or 'joint location') PhDs take place between Salford and an approved university (usually in the researcher's home country). This is a full time programme, during which the student should spend 3-4 months per year at Salford. The rest of the research takes place at a local university. The split-site student has a supervisor at Salford, and an adviser at his/her local university.

Postgraduate Funding

Click here to find out about sources of funding to support your postgraduate research