• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.15 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.37 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.27 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    56.3 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    69.4 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    78.9 / 100.0

While the university's roots date back to 1858, when John Ruskin opened the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin focuses on student's futures. Anglia Ruskin is located in 3 vibrant cities – Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough – with opportunities to study and work in partnership elsewhere, too.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted to the university based on an assessment of their capacity to achieve the entry requirements and complete their course. The university considers a student’s personal statement, references, achievement at GCSE and predicted grades.
  • Applicants not awarded a place on an honours degree may be offered a place on a foundation degree, or an extended degree with a foundation year, if one is available in a similar subject.
  • AS level examinations provide a useful indication of applicants’ progress at level 3 study; however a lack of AS grades does not disadvantage applicants as the university considers all aspects of the application including reference and level 2 (GCSE) achievement.
  • The university prefers A level applicants to have achieved a minimum of 3 A levels, unless combining A level study with another type of level 3 qualification such as BTEC.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Many of our courses are recognised by industry and a large number are professionally accredited.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Course structure is modular, allowing students a choice of modules around a compulsory core.
  • All students at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School studying a full-time undergraduate degree, have the chance to undertake a placement year in business. 
  • Many ARU undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available part-time; distance-learning options are being increased and a selection of full-time, part-time and distance learning courses offer January start dates.
  • Extended courses with a foundation year are offered in some science subjects.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Four university libraries including an extensive digital library in addition to on-site print collections.
  • Science and healthcare facilities include a suite of forensic science laboratories, complete with a scene of crime unit. A new Science Centre opens in 2018 including a 200-seat laboratory, plus multi-functional SuperLabs with 80 student workstations. There's also a human energetics sports science laboratory, health and life sciences centre, university eye clinic, simulated hospital wards and operating theatres and the MedBIC, a centre to support medical technology businesses that are just starting out.
  • Creative arts and media facilities comprise a music recital hall, a suite of computer music studios, multimedia sound and recording studios, rehearsal spaces (for performing arts courses), a TV studio, 2 drama studios and music therapy clinic. Also Mumford Theatre and 2 art galleries – Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, with its groundbreaking digital exhibition space, and Rivermead Gallery in Chelmsford. High-quality engineering and architecture studios.
  • Business and law facilities include a Bloomberg financial markets lab and a mock courtroom for law students.
  • Language centre and multimedia language laboratories.
  • Education facilities include specialised subject rooms for art, design and technology, science, ICT, PE, and early years.

Disability Services

  • The university provides help for students who have a disability, long-term medical condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
  • The Study Support team will coordinate any specialist support or adjustments students might need and advise them on their eligibility for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
  • If students are approved for DSAs the Anglia Access Centre can carry out their needs assessment.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union host a huge variety of events both on and off campus, including weekly club nights in Cambridge and Chelmsford. 
  • Events include cultural celebrations such as Diwali and Chinese New Year, informal socials hosted by clubs and societies, and large scale events such as the Summer Ball, with live bands and great DJs.
  • The union represents students within the university; students are encouraged to have their say on how the university develops.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • ARU has its own on-campus agency, the Employment Bureau, which manages all the part-time temp jobs that come up around ARU, as well as with local employers.

Careers Guidance

  • The Employability Service offers careers advice and organises events including employment workshops and company visits.
  • It offers 1-to-1 appointments with experienced careers advisers via phone, email or face-to-face.
  • This support is available to students before, during and after their time at the university.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%


  • In 1858 John Ruskin opened a School of Art in Cambridge, laying the foundation for the institution which became a university in 1992 and took the name Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in 2005.
  • Its entrepreneurial excellence was nationally recognised when it won the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2016.

Notable Alumni

Over 98,000 alumni in 165 countries, including:

  • Nick Crane –  BBC presenter.
  • Mark Wood –  Chairman of the NSPCC.
  • David Gilmour –  Pink Floyd.
  • Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist, primatologist and broadcaster.

Further Details

Address Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane

UCAS Code A60