Arden University

Previously known as RDI, Arden University offers access to degrees, masters and MBA programmes in both online distance learning and flexible on-campus study modes. This flexibility attracts students of all ages, from 18 to 80 years old, who are supported both on-campus (at one of our study centres in Birmingham, Manchester or London) and online.

Entry Requirements

  • Arden is proud to offer non-standard entry requirements, which means students' work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account.
  • Entry requirements differ for each course. Browse our course pages over on our website or speak to our friendly Admissions Team for more information.

Teaching Methods

  • Arden works with expert tutors with extensive industry experience who focus on putting theory into practice through active learning.
  • Tutors guide students through their study to develop practical and transferable skills to support their future career.
  • Regular support offered by tutors via email or phone, as well as through online live seminars and tutorials.
  • Blended learning students are only required to attend up to two days of face-to-face tuition in one of our study centres per week. Postgraduate students are required to attend one three-hour evening session in our study centre every fortnight. Students then progress their learning online and receive the same regular support as our distance learning students. 

Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • Several intakes throughout the year in January, April, July and October for distance learning, and February and October for blended learning.
  • Unlike campus study, there’s no set timetable when you study via distance learning. Study materials are available online 24/7 which means you can study wherever or whenever suits you through our innovative online learning platform.
  • Our 'compressed blended' learning model combines the flexibility of online learning but with the addition of regular seminars at one of our study centres in London, Birmingham or Manchester. You can complete a full three-year degree with two days face-to-face commitment per week.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Arden University prides itself on an excellent support network – as well as an academic tutor, students are assigned a dedicated Student Support Coordinator who will be there to help them from enrolment to graduation.
  • All study materials are provided, and students have access to electronic library resources.
  • If you choose to study via blended learning at one of our study centres in London, Birmingham or Manchester, you’ll have access to all the technology you need, such as computers, internet, printing services and study spaces.

Students' Union

  • All students are automatically enrolled into Arden University’s Student Association where you can connect with similar students all around the world.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The flexible study pattern and the help of a dedicated support team means that 90% of Arden's students continue to work and build their experience alongside their studies.

Careers Guidance

  • Arden courses are designed with a strong focus on employability and students are encouraged to apply their learning directly to the workplace.
  • The university offers a full service online careers portal which helps students search for jobs, develop a CV and sharpen their interview techniques. To learn more about career support, visit our website.


  • Arden University started life in 1990 as Resource Development International (RDI). In April 2014 the university was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP).
  • The change of name to Arden University in August 2015 also signalled the only specialist online learning university to launch in the UK in the last 50 years.
  • Over 50,000 students worldwide have unlocked their potential by studying a degree, masters or MBA programme through either online distance learning or flexible on-campus study.

Notable Alumni

  • Graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Apple, IBM, Clarins and KLB Group. Many graduates have gained a new job, increased their salary or have been promoted since earning their university qualification at Arden. Visit the university's website to take a look at some of their students’ stories.

Further Details

Address Arden University
Middlemarch Park
UCAS Code R25