Entry requirements

Students in Cambridge

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications. This page is a guide to help you make sure you know what we need from you in order to join our exciting academic community.

There are few things you need to be aware of if you're planning to join one of our undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research courses. We split our requirements into two main categories:

  • Academic requirements
  • English language requirements

For more details about each of the above requirements, please refer to the relevant study level.

Undergraduate

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To join the first year of our undergraduate course you’ll need one of the following:

  • British GCE A levels or VCE A Levels
  • An International Baccalaureate with a minimum of 24 points
  • Relevant qualifications obtained in your home country, as per Anglia Ruskin's country-specific entry requirements
  • A Foundation Certificate from Anglia Ruskin or from another recognised UK institution
  • ABE Certificate, ABE Diploma (all parts) and ABE Advanced Diploma (all parts) suitable for entry to Year 2 (for business-related courses)
  • For some courses you may have extra requirements, such as portfolios for art and design courses. These are outlined in our undergraduate course pages.

If you've already completed one or two years of study

If you've completed study at university level in the UK or your home country you may be eligible to enter directly into Year 2 or 3 of a related degree course at Anglia Ruskin. Please see Accreditation of Prior Learning for information and guidance on entry criteria and the application process.

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English language requirements

Postgraduate Taught

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For entry into a postgraduate taught course you'll need one of the following:               

  • A UK 2nd class honours degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Relevant qualifications obtained in your home country, as per Anglia Ruskin's country specific entry requirements.
  • For some courses you may have extra requirements, such as portfolios for art and design courses. These are outlined in our postgraduate course pages.

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English language requirements

Postgraduate Research

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For entry into a postgraduate research course you'll need one of the following:

  • The usual entry requirement for an MPhil is a 1st or 2nd class Honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent from another country.
  • For direct registration for a PhD you will usually require an appropriate Masters degree from a UK university or the equivalent from another country.

For more information about entry requirements, please visit our postgraduate research course pages.

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English Language Requirements

Pathway programmes

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CRIC

If you don't yet meet the standard academic requirements to study at Anglia Ruskin University, you can prepare with our partners, Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC).

CRIC offers a number of foundation, year 1 and Pre-master’s pathways onto over 100 Anglia Ruskin University Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  This option may be suitable for you if you don't quite meet the ARU entry requirements, are looking for more flexible start times or enhanced support at the start of your University career.

Why study with CRIC
  • Start your university journey in an on-campus college with small class sizes, meaning more individual support from tutors
  • Following successful completion of the CRIC pathway you will gain entry to Anglia Ruskin University, and graduate with an internationally recognised degree
  • CRIC students benefit from access to all Anglia Ruskin University facilities and activities, and hold an Anglia Ruskin University ID card from day one