Applying for a postgraduate taught course - 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.

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 on 01245 686868 or 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 about your interview and 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.

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.

What funding opportunities are available to me?

The government offers a postgraduate loan (PGL) of up to £10,000 for new Masters students. You can decide how much or little you want to receive, up to the maximum amount. The loan is not means-tested and you can amend the amount you have requested up to one month before the end of the academic year. You don’t have to declare how you plan to use the funds, which may be used to help pay fees, for accommodation or to cover other costs you may incur while studying. If you’re eligible for a Postgraduate Loan, you can still receive scholarships, bursaries or other funding you have applied for.

We also offer a number of alumni, course specific and sports scholarships for our postgraduate courses, to find out more visit our Help with finances page.

What distance learning options are available?

You can choose from a range of flexible options, including part-time study at one of our three city campuses, distance learning and work-based study. And with access to the latest facilities and virtual support, you’ll gain the expertise you need in a way that works for you. Most of our courses offer the option to start in September 2017 or January 2018 — it’s up to you. For a full list of distance learning courses visit our Distance learning website.

What accommodation is available to me?

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study with us, our Residential Services Team is always on-hand to offer help and advice. From on-campus halls for international postgraduate students, to private house shares for all, we can offer guidance and assistance in finding you the option that suits you best.