Entry requirements for international students

Students in Cambridge

Our preferred tests are IELTS (Academic), TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE (Academic), so we recommend you take one of these if possible.

We also recognise the following qualifications/tests:

We are aware that in a number of locations, these tests have been suspended in line with official requirements of healthcare authorities, due to COVID-19.

If your country is affected by such test centre closures, we will accept the following alternative tests:

With all of the above tests, we reserve the right to undertake additional English language verification at the CAS issuance stage (for Tier 4 students). English tests must have been taken within the past two years to be accepted.


To join the first year of our undergraduate course you’ll need one of the following.

  • GCE A levels from a recognised UK examination board.
  • An International Baccalaureate with a minimum of 24 points.
  • A university foundation course recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Relevant qualifications obtained in your home country: see our country-specific entry requirements.
  • For some courses there may be additional requirements, such as portfolios for art and design courses. These are outlined in our undergraduate course pages.

If you've already completed one or two years of study
If you've completed study at university level in the UK or your home country you may be eligible to enter directly into Year 2 or 3 of a related degree course at ARU. Find out more about transferring to ARU.

English language requirements

Postgraduate Taught

For entry into a postgraduate taught course you'll need one of the following.

  • A UK honours degree with lower second class honours (2:2).
  • Relevant qualifications obtained in your home country, as per Anglia Ruskin's country-specific entry requirements.
  • Some courses may have extra requirements, such as portfolios for art and design courses. These are outlined in our postgraduate course pages.
English language requirements

Postgraduate Research

For entry into a postgraduate research course you'll need one of the following:

  • the usual entry requirement for an MPhil is a UK honours degree in a related subject, with Upper Second Class (2:1) or First Class honours or the equivalent from another country
  • for direct registration for a PhD you will usually require an appropriate Masters degree from a UK university or the equivalent from another country.

For more information about entry requirements, please visit our postgraduate research course pages

English language requirements

Pathway programmes

If you don't yet meet the standard academic requirements to study at Anglia Ruskin University, you can prepare with our partners, ARU College.

ARU College offers a number of foundation, year 1 and Pre-master’s pathways onto over 100 Anglia Ruskin University Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  This option may be suitable for you if you don't quite meet the ARU entry requirements, are looking for more flexible start times or enhanced support at the start of your University career.

Why study with ARU College
  • Start your university journey in an on-campus college with small class sizes, meaning more individual support from tutors
  • Following successful completion of the ARU College pathway you will gain entry to Anglia Ruskin University, and graduate with an internationally recognised degree
  • ARU College students benefit from access to all Anglia Ruskin University facilities and activities, and hold an Anglia Ruskin University ID card from day one