'Higher' qualification courses that fit with life

Published: 26 July 2010 at 11:27

Fully flexible postgraduate, professional courses and research opportunities encourage more to sign-on for learning in September

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Anglia Ruskin University is offering people the chance to improve their prospects or deepen their interest in a subject by launching an improved range of postgraduate and professional courses and research opportunities which fit around their already busy lifestyles.

Starting this September is a huge range of courses in arts & humanities, building & construction, business & management, computing, design & technology, education, engineering, health & social care, law and sciences.  The courses are fully flexible which means that people can now choose where, when and how they study.  This makes it much easier to combine being a student with work, family and other everyday commitments.

Over 50% of Anglia Ruskin students study part-time making the university one of the UK’s leading providers of face-to-face, part-time learning and 92% of part-time students work which demonstrates that people are opting to take on greater daily responsibility to advance their own personal development.  Part-time higher qualifications include Masters degrees, Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas, Doctorates – and more including professional qualifications.

These study options are available at Anglia Ruskin’s two main campuses at Chelmsford and Cambridge and, at University Centre Peterborough and via distance learning programmes.

Highlighting the fact that traditional methods of getting a degree are changing, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Alan Sibbald, said:

"Higher level qualifications are now more widely available than ever before and there are so many flexible routes into this life-enhancing learning and research."

"You do not necessarily need the traditional clutch of A levels to gain entry.  Our Accreditation of Prior Learning scheme could translate an individual’s previous experience and learning into academic credits towards a chosen course.  It really is a simple as that which is why we are expecting a great deal of interest in these courses this September."

Many courses at Anglia Ruskin have flexible start dates.  The majority of courses still do start in September but a growing number of opportunities are now available in January too.

Speaking of her experience of taking an MA/Grad Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) Corporate Governance, Vanessa Lewis, from Chelmsford, said:

"As a mature student returning to study after several years of working overseas, choosing the right university was very important to me – I wanted to feel like more than just a number."

"Completion of my course led to a promotion at work.  I am now the Assistant Company Secretary of Britvic Plc."

Studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Cambridge, Guin Glasfurd-Brown from Waterbeach, said:

"Taking the MA Creative Writing course is, without doubt, one of the best decisions I have made in recent years."

"The MA has been pivotal to my development as an early career writer it has provided me with the cores set of skill on which to build and feedback to enable me to refine my work, to find its hard, bright edge."

"One of the most valuable aspects of the course has been the opportunity for me to develop my interest in art and writing."

Guin has won first prize in the National Galleries of Scotland prize for a story she wrote that responds to a painting ‘Imaging You Are Driving’, in the gallery. Her work will be published in The Scotsman and in a collection of winning work in 2011.

For more information about postgraduate, professional courses and research opportunities, visit www.anglia.ac.uk/studypg, or email answers@anglia.ac.uk, or call 0845 271 3333.