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Anglia Ruskin University

United Kingdom


Anglia Ruskin University is ranked as a top 350 institution in the world and is placed within the 40 universities in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022). The university hosts students from more than 185 countries around the globe and is known for its multicultural community. The university has two campuses, one located in Cambridge and the other in Chelmsford.

Anglia Ruskin has recently invested GBP 100 million into its facilities. It houses one of only nine optometry schools in England and has its own public art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery. It also boasts a new Science Centre, a Law School Clinic, mock law courts, computer gaming suites and libraries which are open 24/7, complete with books and online learning resources.

The university excels in providing support in a variety of different areas. This includes disability support for those who have mental health conditions, medical conditions and learning difficulties. Other support ranges from a counselling service to a friendly International Centre that is dedicated to helping international students.

Students can also take advantage of the invaluable careers services when studying at Anglia Ruskin. The Employability Service provides plenty of help, from assistance with composing CVs to interview preparation. One-to-one sessions are available with advisors, and many useful resources can be found online.

Whilst students are at Anglia Ruskin, they can enjoy one of the many social clubs or societies in their spare time. Through these groups, they can make new friends, learn a new skill and add something unique to their CV. Clubs and societies on offer range from dance class to an alternative music society.

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Awards and rankings

World University Rankings 2022

Once again ARU have been named one of the top 40 universities in the UK, and top 350 institutions in the world, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

For the sixth year in a row ARU have been ranked in the top 350 institutions in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the largest and most diverse university ranking to date.

ARU have gone up in the rankings for international outlook and now rank 103rd out of 1,662 universities in the world.

ARU is among UK's most entrepreneurial universities

Anglia Ruskin and lecturer Paul Driver are shortlisted for prestigious national awards.

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a finalist in the Outstanding Entrepreneurial University category of the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine's annual awards 2021 – the ''Oscars of higher education'' – with lecturer Paul Driver also shortlisted in the category of Most Innovative Teacher of the Year.

ARU previously won the title of THE Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2014, and has been shortlisted alongside five other UK Higher Education Institutions for the 2021 awards, which will be announced on 25 November.

ARU among world's best for health and wellbeing

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has been named in the top 40 higher education institutions in the world, and second in the UK, for its achievements in health and wellbeing in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. ARU is listed in top 300 global institutions overall in THE Impact Rankings.

THE rankings were implemented to measure the efficacy of an institution in achieving sustainable development. These Sustainable Development Goals were put in place by the United Nations in 2015 as an immediate global call to action towards a more sustainable future.

2020 also saw ARU make it into the top 40 universities in the UK. The Guardian League Table 2021 placed ARU at number one for education and sports science.

The university was also recognised for the value that it adds to students including student support and graduate outcomes. Final year students have re-iterated this by rating ARU highly in the National Student Survey.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Students are at the heart of the university and Anglia Ruskin delivers an outstanding educational experience. It ranked within the top 250 of the Times Higher Education University Teaching Rankings Europe (2018). The university stood out in the following areas: quality learning facilities, access to learning materials, support for critical thinking, and making it easy to contact lecturers and faculties.

The university combines the best of face-to-face and digital learning in all its courses, increases work-based opportunities and offers activities that enhance academic success and employability.

Two ARU academics awarded National Teaching Fellowships

In August 2020 Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) lecturers Dr Beatriz Acevedo and Siân Shaw both received National Teaching Fellowships from Advance HE, the highest university award possible, in recognition of the outstanding quality of their teaching.

Dr Acevedo belongs to the Faculty of Business and Law and works with Anglia Learning and Teaching, to help support and professional development for ARU's teaching staff. She is a strong advocate of ''action learning'' and using art in education to empower students. Dr Shaw is the Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care. She has a particular interest in technology-enhanced educational methods.

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Department structure

Department structure

Study options are offered across several faculties and schools:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

A hub of creative and cultural innovation, this faculty's research was deemed as world-leading in six areas in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Its engagement with arts and culture enriches lives and contributes to the UK's creative economy, worth GBP 17.3 billion, and its students are amongst the most satisfied in the country.

Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

The faculty is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England. Having educated nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years, its courses have been designed with the students' careers in mind. Its students learn authentically through the use of state-of-the-art facilities that mirror real-life clinical situations, UK hospital wards and an Early Childhood classroom. The Medicine School is also within this faculty and the Chelmsford campus is home to the first medical school in the county of Essex.

Faculty of Business and Law

The school offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate business and law courses using advanced learning technologies to ensure students receive a dynamic educational experience. Ranking in the top ten for student satisfaction with teaching (Guardian University Guide, 2017), its courses help students develop, challenge the ordinary and be innovative, giving them the confidence to achieve their ambitions and prepare for their career.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The faculty combines the theory and practical skills students need for a rewarding career. Here, students will learn in the latest laboratories, or on field trips and work placements with leading organisations.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students will need to satisfy the minimum qualifications and meet the course-specific and country-specific academic requirements for admission to Anglia Ruskin University.

English language requirements

For undergraduate admission, students will need to satisfy one (or equivalent) of the following:

  • An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5
  • An ETS TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall, with at least 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking
  • A Pearson PTE score of 57 overall, with at least 51 in all components

For postgraduate admission, students will usually need to satisfy one (or equivalent) of the following:

  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 5.5, or equivalent
  • An ETS TOEFL iBT score of 88 overall, with at least 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking
  • A Pearson PTE score of 61 overall, with at least 51 in all components

Please see entry requirements page for other English language tests, ARU is temporarily accepting.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are several scholarships open to international students at Anglia Ruskin University. These include:

International Excellence Scholarship – undergraduate and postgraduate

International students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship worth GBP 4,000. Students must be able to demonstrate exceptional academic and extra-curricular achievement. Check the website for deadlines.

International Merit Scholarships – undergraduate and postgraduate

Eligible students will receive an award of GBP 1,000 to GBP 2,000 to help them with their tuition fees. Students are not required to apply for the award as they will be automatically considered on admission.

International Early Payment Discount – undergraduate and postgraduate

Eligible students who pay their tuition fees early will receive a GBP 400 to GBP 1,000 early payment discount.

International Alumni Scholarships – postgraduate

Eligible students will receive an award of GBP 3,000 if they have previously completed a degree at Anglia Ruskin University, and are applying for either a full-time taught master's degree, a full-time research degree or a Legal Practice programme.

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Anglia Ruskin University has invested heavily in the nursing and healthcare facilities in its Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses. Here, students can learn in skills rooms, mock operating theatres and wards. Science students meanwhile can enjoy the SuperLab complex, which features state-of-the-art science labs, a physiology lab and a pharmaceutical research lab.

ARU's GBP 20 million School of Medicine offers students excellent facilities to perfect their skills, including GP simulation rooms, an anatomy suite and a Harvard Style lecture theatre. Meanwhile, optometry students get to study at the University Eye Clinic with qualified professionals.

The university's faculty's all feature state-of-the-art facilities including science SuperLabs, a financial trading room and TV studios. Computer gaming suites, mock law courts and paramedic skills labs enhance learning in multiple disciplines. Cambridge School of Art in its Victorian red-brick building is equipped with inspiring studios and creative spaces.

For some downtime, all students can enjoy the famous Ruskin Gallery, which holds free exhibitions all year round and make use of the gyms at the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses.

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International students

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Rated4/5based on1 student reviews
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