Why study at Salford
Gain practical experience
Many of our courses include a core industrial or clinical placement so you can get practical, real-world experience while you study. These links will hugely benefit your employability, giving you an advantage over your peers in a competitive job market.
Minutes from Manchester
Salford is right next to the city of Manchester, which is easily accessible by bus, train, bike or on foot. After London, Manchester is the UK’s fastest growing city and while it’s still surprisingly affordable, it’s also culturally sophisticated, vibrant and youthful with a wealth of culture, entertainment, sport, shopping and nightlife.
Fee discounts available
We realise that a degree is an investment in both your time and money, so we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for international students.
Degree programmes at the University of Salford are designed to help you develop your future career and maximise your employability. We work closely with many employers and organisations to ensure your learning is current and based on real-world environments.
We want to ensure that you develop your professional and personal skills, as well as the creativity, confidence and adaptability needed to succeed. Our specialist careers and employability team offer a range of services to help you during your time with us and after graduation. Many of our career development services are available to you for life if you need them.
History of the University
The University of Salford’s past is rooted in the great Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century, which changed the world. Salford’s thriving textile industry was fed by the Manchester Ship Canal, which was opened in 1894 and gave the city direct trade access to the sea. The Salford docks brought employment until the latter half of the 20th Century when the old industries went into decline. Demand for new industrial skills led to the formation of the Pendleton Mechanics Institute in 1850 and the Salford Working Men's College in 1858. At the end of the century, these institutions merged to create the Royal Technical Institute, Salford, which was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York (who later became King George V and Queen Mary) in 1896. In 1921 the Institute was renamed the Royal Technical College, Salford. However, in 1958 it split into two separate organisations: The Royal College of Advanced Technology and the break-away Peel Park Technical College. The break-away college became the Peel Park Technical Institute in 1961, the Salford College of Technology in 1970, and then the University College Salford in 1992.
On 10 February 1967, the Royal College of Advanced Technology became the University of Salford, when Her Majesty the Queen handed over the Royal Charter. The University College Salford and the University of Salford finally merged into a single institution in 1996 – exactly 100 years after the formation of the original Royal Technical Institute. Today, the University of Salford has a successful global presence and our seven schools, 20,000 students and 2,500 staff have all grown to serve the needs of industry, commerce and education. We have joined the BBC and ITV at the MediaCityUK development in Salford Quays and have ambitious plans to redevelop our campus over the next 20 years. With these strong foundations, we look forward to even greater achievements in the future.