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Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has a proud history dating back to 1858, when philanthropist John Ruskin opened the first campus as what was then the Cambridge School of Art. Since then ARU has grown exponentially, with four campuses in the East Anglia region. These are in:

  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • London
  • Peterborough

Now you can study a range of subjects at ARU at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with flexible part time and distance learning options available. In fact, out of over 100 master’s degrees at the University, 85 are offered part time.

The University also boasts many practically led degree courses: degree apprenticeships allow you to grow your career as you study, and the purpose-built Peterborough campus is England’s biggest nursing provider.

With 12 areas of ARU’s research deemed world leading by the Research Excellence Framework, great career development, specialist support for alumni and modern, purpose-built campuses with specialist facilities, Anglia Ruskin University is a great place to pursue postgraduate research studies, including MPhils and PhDs.

ARU students on Postgraduate Search say:

“I have grown immensely as a researcher…I feel confident and equipped to succeed.”

“I think ARU is ambitious and forward thinking.”

“It was a great experience. I have been able to balance my professional life and academic life.”

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About the Anglia Ruskin University

Established in 1858, Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England, with more than 35,000 students and 85,000 alumni. The University offers a huge range of postgraduate courses at various levels (Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, CIPD and LLM courses) in areas including Accounting, Management Studies, Public Health and Music Therapy.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2019

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2019

This University

53% Part Time
47% Full Time

All universities (avg)

47% Part Time
53% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2019


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2019

18,030 Undergraduate
4,480 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2019


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