University of Salford


The university’s origins can be traced to 1896 with the opening of the Royal Technical Institute, Salford, a merger of Salford Working Men’s College founded in 1858 and Pendleton Mechanics’ Institute founded in 1850. The Royal Technical Institute, Salford received royal letters after the then-Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary) officiated at its opening ceremony, an event commemorated in the university’s Redbrick Peel Building and which allowed ‘Royal’ to be appended to the name of the institute.

At the start of the 20th century, mechanical engineering, chemical works, textiles and construction dominated the industrial scene in Salford. This heavily influenced the choice of subjects offered in the nine departments initially opened. These were Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Building, Dyeing, Spinning & Weaving, Domestic, and Art. Some 1,240 students registered for the first session in these departments. There were originally 19 members of staff.

In 1921 the Institute was renamed the Royal Technical College, Salford. In 1958 the institution split into two organisations: the remaining Royal Technical College and a breakaway institution, Peel Park Technical College. This changed its name first in 1961 to Salford Technical College, before becoming the Salford College of Technology in 1970, and finally University College Salford in 1992.

The Royal College of Advanced Technology became the University of Salford on 10 February 1967 when Her Majesty The Queen handed over the institution’s Royal Charter.


The university is organised into seven schools:

  • School of Arts and Media
  • Salford Business School
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences
    • NB — The University’s Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences have strong links with teaching NHS hospitals in the north-west of England and maintain a presence at theSalford Royal Hospital.
  • School of Computing, Science and Engineering
  • School of Environment and Life Sciences
  • School of the Built Environment

International students come from China, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Greece, Nigeria, the Republic of Ireland, Romania, Malaysia and Bulgaria. With its three colleges, 12 schools, nearly 20,000 students, and over 2,500 staff, Salford had a turnover of some £156m in 2006/07.

The university is a founding member of the Northern Consortium of universities.


Entry requirements vary according to the course the student is applying for. For up-to-date information, search for the programme the student is interested in on their website.


Salford Business School was awarded the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year award in 2014.

The School of Arts and Media, based at MediaCityUK and the flagship New Adelphi building, is one of the largest in the country. their excellent links with the creative and digital industries allow them to provide live projects for their students.

Courses at the School of Computing, Science and Engineering have accreditations from the Joint Board of Moderators and 12 other industry bodies.

Their health and social care 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.


They have a huge range of teaching and research facilities, including: a fully-immersive virtual reality environment; acoustics labs; wind tunnels; flight simulators; robotics labs; and a gas and petroleum engineering lab.


Careers advice and information is available to all students and graduates for life.

Students are encouraged to develop their enterprise skills. Support and inspiration is available to help students and graduates turn their ideas into commercially viable businesses.

On-campus recruitment fairs are delivered annually between October and February.

Students and recent graduates can engage with a range of work experience schemes, lasting from one week to three months.

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