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Anglia Ruskin University

4.0 out of 5 (129 ratings / 113 reviews) Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Anglia Ruskin University is one of the top 350 institutions in the world (Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2019), and welcomes students from over 185 countries to study there. The University is spread across campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. Anglia Ruskin University offers students plenty of choice, whatever they want to study.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Journalism & Media (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)

Pre-Master's Programmes



Anglia Ruskin’s story starts in 1858, when the art critic, patron and philanthropist John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The art school grew to become Anglia Ruskin University, and it’s still at the heart of our modern-day campus in Cambridge.


Anglia Ruskin University has a wide range of courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law, Health, Education, Science, Computing and Engineering. Many of our Business and Computing Masters degrees have work placements of up to 1 year in the UK. We welcome international students in September and January to most of our courses. 


The University’s academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research. Twelve of the 15 subject areas we submitted were rated as generating world-leading research; Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory, Business and Management Studies, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management, English Language and Literature, Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology, History, Law, Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Social Policy.


ARU is a career-focussed university, with on-campus Employability Services running CV and interview workshops alongside company visits and sector events, while also helping students to source part-time, flexible work that fits in with their studies. This is also where students receive guidance to source and apply for placements.

The Employability Service also offers one-to-one appointments both before and after graduation. The number of events organised by the Employability Service was something our student reviewers were impressed by.

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Student services

Anglia Ruskin University offers students support in a wide range of areas. These include a dedicated service for those with a disability, including a mental health condition, medical condition or specific learning difficulties. There is also a counselling service, advice on finances, and an International office focusing on the queries and needs of overseas students. We also offer a buddy scheme for students before they arrive with us for the chance to be linked up with current students.

The Student Union is active across all the campuses with an elected committee who develop services and represent student interests. 

Housing services

At Anglia Ruskin University we have student accommodation on both our Cambridge and Chelmsford campus all within a short walk to classes on campus. All of our university accommodation has 24/7 security. The accommodation off campus is still close to the university and is a short distance to the city centres and close to good transport links such as buses and trains to London. Private en-suite rooms are available in most accommodation housing and we have a wide variety of high quality, conveniently located accommodation, including catered halls, self-catered halls and houses. 

Library services

Libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford are stacked with print and online resources and stay open 24 hours, six days a week during semester time. Self service facilities are available at all campuses. There are plenty of study spaces, including group work zones, silent study areas, multimedia playback, networked PCs, wireless connectivity, and standard IT applications.

ICT services

Both campuses at Anglia Ruskin are fully Wi-Fi enabled. There are many student PCs available across both campuses and open study areas accessible to all students. There is also IT support on call on campuses for students whilst they are studying or attending classes. 

Medical services

We have a medical centre on our Cambridge campus and a GP surgery open to students and the public on our Chelmsford campus.

Student Life

Campus life

Anglia Ruskin campuses are close to the city centres of both Cambridge and Chelmsford. Both include a student union shop, book shop, gym, employment bureau and student bar and social spaces. Both ARU Cambridge and Chelmsford have supermarkets and restaurants within minutes of the campus. 

Sports facilities

Sport halls, fitness suite and fully equipped gyms are available at ARU Cambridge and Chelmsford. Whether you want to try something new or continue an activity you've been doing for years, there's a wide range of sports on offer.

At ARU, you'll find the sport that's right for you, from American football to volleyball and everything in between. Join a sports club if you want to compete in your chosen discipline, or one of our Campus Sport activities if you prefer to play at a more recreational level for enjoyment, social or fitness purposes.

There is also opportunities for students to volunteer, become part of our sports club committees and train as part of our Coach and officials academy. 

Student clubs

Our Students’ Union supports over 120 different societies, from course-specfic groups to hobby clubs and special interest meetups. It’s a great way for students to meet new people, build friendships and expand your horizons.


We're delighted that our final year students have once again rated their educational experience highly in the annual National Student Survey (NSS). This year, ARU's overall satisfaction score has increased to 84% – above the sector average of 83%.

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the top 350 institutions in the world (Times Higher Education's World University Rankings)

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

General fine but would expect more understanding from the teachers on the pressure student are going through. Due to coronavirus many students face mental health issues and sometimes it feels like there is no one to talk to ,even if there is. Many students do not know their fellow students on the same course. But lectures tried their best to make the classes understood and...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed the majority of it and have really developed my knowledge and understanding of biomedical sciences. Unfortunately Covid has disrupted my final 2 years of my 4 year course and taken the fun and enjoyment out of being at University.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am excellent in my uni here in egypt i am in year 2 now my gpa is 3.5 and i hope it will be more all i want is to study abroad to take experience and a better certificate

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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