Work-life balance

Postgraduate student

Balancing study with other commitments, such as work and childcare, is an important consideration for many of our students.

Flexibility is one of the great benefits of studying at ARU: local campuses, part-time courses, 24-hour libraries and virtual learning all make it easier to fit study into your life.

Ask us about postgraduate study

Flexible courses

Full-time degrees provide some flexibility, with personalised timetables or time during the week when you don't have to be on campus. Part-time study is also a popular option.

Alternatively, distance learning courses are ideal if you don’t want to take time away from work, or you have responsibilities at home.

You might prefer to start your course in January because it fits in better with other commitments. Browse our range of courses starting in January. Most courses also offer September starts.

Local campuses

It’s easy for you to study close to home or work, at our city-centre campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough. We also offer a small number of postgraduate courses through our partner colleges.

Twenty four-hour learning

Study at a time that suits you with our virtual learning environment (VLE). It’s an online system that gives you access to files, resources and activities specific to the modules you’re studying. You can also get support and feedback from your course tutors through the VLE.

We've made sure that our campus libraries are packed full of the equipment and resources you need.

We've a huge online collection of e-journals, e-books and databases, and they’re all available 24/7. During semesters, our campus libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford stay open 24 hours, four days per week. There are plenty of study spaces with networked PCs and wireless connectivity. Our friendly and expert library staff are always on hand to offer guidance and support.

Study skills support

Once you join us as a student, you might like to brush up on your study skills – particularly if it’s been several years since you graduated.

Our campus libraries and Student Services team offer drop-in sessions on academic writing, research skills, referencing and more.

If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, our Study Support Service can help you with one-to-one consultations, drop-in services, workshops and advice.

Employment support

ARU Temps can help you find paid temporary work to fit around your studies. They’re also on hand to help you find permanent work once you graduate.

You’ll find ARU Temps on our campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford, or you can drop them a line at