Postgraduate admissions

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You can apply for Anglia Ruskin's postgraduate degree courses online. There's an application link on all our course pages.

We offer more than 150 full- and part-time postgraduate courses, and new Masters students can benefit from a £10,000 loan

How is the course taught?

Our Masters degrees normally combine taught modules with a dissertation or Major Project. Usually you’ll study a mixture of compulsory core modules and optional modules based on your own interests.

You'll be taught by inspiring tutors and lecturers, many of whom are active researchers.

How do I apply for a postgraduate course at ARU?

Please visit our course information pages; you can apply for a postgraduate course as soon as the application link is showing for the start date you want. Please bear in mind we need up to four weeks to consider applications, so it’s best to apply at least a month before your preferred start date.

What qualifications will I need?

For most postgraduate courses you’ll need a qualification or experience equivalent to a UK honours degree, usually in a relevant subject area. Courses do vary, however, so please check the relevant course page for detailed requirements.

When assessing your application, we’ll consider:

  • whether your qualifications meet our entry requirements
  • your subject-specific abilities
  • your broader personal, professional and educational experience.

How do I apply for a research programme?

You’ll find a list of the research programmes we offer on this website. We're happy to discuss your proposal with you informally, before you apply.

If you’d like to apply, download an application from from the relevant course page. You will need to provide the following information as part of your application:

  • Your outline research proposal.

You will also need to scan and upload the following documents:

  • A copy of your original transcripts of results
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s)
  • Two references on letter-headed paper, signed and dated. These should be:
    1. Two academic references to support MPhil and PhD applications
    2. OR

    3. One academic and one professional reference to support Professional Doctorate applications
  • photocopies/scanned copies of your passport, including your photograph and personal detail pages (international candidates currently residing in the UK must also provide photocopies of visa and immigration stamps).

Frequently asked questions

I'm applying for one or more courses at Anglia Ruskin. Do I have to make separate applications?
You would usually need to submit separate applications for each course. If you are applying for a research programme, you may submit more than one research proposal under a single application. Please contact our Admissions Office for more information.

I want to do this course but I don’t have the correct entry requirements – can I still apply?
If you are unsure if your qualifications meet our entry requirements, please contact our Admissions Office. We'll be happy to advise, or suggest an alternative course if appropriate.

How soon will I hear whether I am accepted onto the course or not?
We'll make a decision once we have all the necessary information. This may include interview outcomes, test results, portfolios or written work.

If you have applied for MA Social Work you may check the status of your application on UCAS Track. UCAS will notify you of our decision and if we are making you an offer.

For all other postgraduate courses you can check the status of your application on our applicant portal. You will also receive a letter from us; we'll send you an email when this is available to view in our applicant portal.

If you are invited to interview, you'll receive further information at your interview on when to expect to receive a decision. Some of our interviewing courses employ a 'gathered field' system. This allows all applicants who apply by a given date to be considered on an equal basis. However, it does mean that if you apply early, you may have to wait longer to be told the outcome of your interview.

How can I check on the progress of my application?
Once you've applied for a course, we'll send you an email inviting you to access our applicant portal. Here, you can:

  • log in and view the status of your application
  • give us any documentation which we may ask for in support of your application
  • respond to your offer if your application is successful
  • once you've started studying at Anglia Ruskin, you can still log in to the portal for useful information such as course timetables.

Do I have to pay an application fee, and if so, how much is it? Do I get it back?
You do not have to pay an application fee for any of our postgraduate courses.

I am applying for a research programme. Do I have to pay a deposit?
You do not have to pay a deposit.

I am applying for a research programme. If I want to apply for a studentship, how do I do this?
When available, research studentships are advertised on our jobs pages. Apply online using the reference of the studentship you're applying for.