Anglia Ruskin University the United Kingdom

About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the top 350 institutions in the world (Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2019), and welcomes students from over 185 countries to study there. The University is spread across campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford both within 50 minutes from London.

The University has impressive state-of-the-art facilities and has invested £100 million over the past years. It houses one of only nine optometry schools in the UK, and has its own public art gallery - The Ruskin Gallery. It also has a new Science Centre, a Law School Law Clinic, mock law courts, computer gaming suites and 24/7 libraries complete with books and online learning resources.

Excellent graduate prospects

Work experience as part of your degree benefits you in many ways; from business-related experience to helping decide your future career, increased practical skills to a professional reference from your placement company. All of this will help you get ahead of the competition when you graduate. Some of our placement students have also been offered graduate roles with their placement companies. Placement years are an option for most of our undergraduate degrees, explore the possibilities.


The University’s academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research. Twelve of the 15 subject areas we submitted were rated as generating world-leading research; Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory, Business and Management Studies, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management, English Language and Literature, Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology, History, Law, Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Social Work and Social Policy.


At ARU we have two main intakes for most of our Bachelors and Masters degrees, September and January, our blended learning courses take place in May. Some of our Bachelors degrees include a one year work placement during the third year. Our MBA now includes a 1 year UK placement with other business courses due to launch this year.

Undergraduate study

ARU offers undergraduate honours degrees across a wide range of subjects and some include a one year UK work placement. ARU also offers foundation programmes through Cambridge Regional International College (CRIC) where students can progress on to full time studies at ARU. If students are unable to meet the English language requirement our ARU language school holds flexible pre-session courses during the summer. In-sessional English language support is also available throughout your studies.

The postgraduate experience

Whatever your mind is set on, ARU has a way for you to study at a postgraduate level and take your ambitions further. We pride ourselves on our inspiring teaching from specialists and industry professionals, leading academic facilities and thriving postgraduate community. Having a postgraduate degree is a real opportunity both for advancement and for taking new career pathways. At ARU, we have a thriving, ambitious research community. Rather than a taught course, postgraduate students can undertake a Doctor or Master of Philosophy (PhD or MPhil), a Doctor of Medicine by Research, (MD(Res)), a PhD by Published Work, or a Professional Doctorate. At ARU you’ll be joining an academic community that’s passionate about research, within a university that champions bold thinking.


ARU has four faculties that offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, within the faculties are schools and subject areas.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Cambridge School of Art
  • Cambridge School of Creative Industries
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • ARU Language Centre

Faculty of Business and Law

  • School of Economics, Finance and Law
  • School of Management

Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

  • School of Allied Health
  • School of Education and Social Care
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • Computing and Information Science
  • Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Life Sciences
  • Psychology and Sport Science
  • Vision and Hearing Sciences
  • Global Sustainability Institute
  • Business and commercial

Study abroad and industry placements

At ARU, a world of study abroad and work placement opportunities is available to you - covering USA, Canada and Europe- and the University, support is available.

ARU students

ARU welcomes students from 185 countries. The International Student Advice Service at ARU produces pre-arrival information to help prepare students to study in the UK, a two day International Student Orientation programme on arrival and throughout the year advice on work and health entitlements and other welfare matters. The International Student Advice Service at ARU helps organise social events on and off campus throughout the academic year  and  funds and supports student-led cultural events such as Global Week (every March) which celebrates our cultural diversity through dance, music and lots of food.

Applying to ARU

ARU welcomes students from around the world and their International Recruitment team is always available to answer your questions, you can find additional information on the country pages -

Undergraduate and foundation programmes

International students can apply directly online via our website.

Postgraduate programmes

International students can apply directly online via our website.

Research degree programmes

If you would like to pursue a PhD at ARU, please visit our website and explore our current research and our academic staff who are driving these areas forward. Once you find an academic supervisor who may be a suitable match for your own topic, please email them to discuss your research proposal.

The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and April.

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What students think about Anglia Ruskin University

    Xinxin, from China studying MA International Communications

    I really like the support the University offers to the students. The support is always there to help you in all areas of life, academically and employment, personally I have benefited from those services a lot, when you’re coming into a different country it can feel overwhelming to you, but our University makes you feel you are a part of it, like it’s your home. Whenever you have challenges, issues or you’re confused, or don’t know what to do you can always find help.

    Venkatesh, MSc Supply Chain Management

    Business Consultant placement at Cashaa Ltd. Currently, Founder and CEO of WharfStreetStrategies

    "Placement plays a very important role in one’s career by teaching them how to implement what they have learnt by giving them a real-time experience. The biggest benefit was that this placement opened many doors for me as I outperformed my tasks and this was noticed by other business start-ups in the market.As I have learnt how to manage a firm in terms of operations, technology, marketing, staffing, management and strategies I am highly obliged to ARU for bestowing this opportunity onto me. Thus, this gave me an amazing experience by linking my studies and placement. I have currently started my firm WharfStreetStrategies as I always wanted to. ARU has been continuously assisting me and supporting me morally at every step to make this happen."

    Nikki Dekker, BA History, University of New Brunswick, Canada

    The best part of my study abroad experience was increasing my independence and confidence in my abilities. Pushing myself to meet people and make friends made studying abroad an invaluable experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.

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Courses at Anglia Ruskin University

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Scholarships at Anglia Ruskin University

ARU offers scholarships of up to £4,000 for undergraduate and postgraduate international students. There is also early payment discounts of up to £1,000 if international students pay their tuition fees by the deadline. Some of the scholarships at ARU are offered automatically, others you will need to apply for, so one tip would be to send your scholarships applications as soon as you can. All details can be found here.

Accommodation Information for Students

ARU has two campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford both have on campus accommodation which is safe and convenient for students to access classes, the library and amenities on campus. There are also off-campus halls of residence and housing available within easy reach of both the university and city centres. All university accommodation offers private bedroom with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and shelves as a minimum and all university accommodation is self-catering. All students can apply for accommodation via our online accommodation portal and you can even pick your room! Students will need their ARU student ID number which will be on their offer.

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