Applying for a postgraduate taught course - frequently asked questions

I'm applying for more than one course at Anglia Ruskin. Do I have to make separate applications?

Yes, you would usually need to submit separate applications for each course.

I'm interested in a course but I don’t have the correct entry requirements. Can I still apply?

If you're unsure if your qualifications meet our entry requirements, please contact our Admissions office on 01245 686868 or We'll be happy to advise, or suggest an alternative course if appropriate.

How soon will I hear whether I am accepted onto the course or not?

We'll make a decision once we have all the necessary information. This may include interview outcomes, test results, portfolios or written work.

We'll send you an email to confirm our decision. We'll also update our applicant portal, which is a log-in space where you can check the status of your application.

If you've applied for MA Social Work, the process is a little different. You can check the status of your application on UCAS Track, and UCAS will notify you of our decision.

If you are invited to interview, we'll send you further information about your interview and when you can expect a decision. Some of our interviewing courses use a 'gathered field' system. This allows all applicants who apply by a certain date to be considered on an equal basis.

Do I have to pay an application fee?

No; you don't have to pay an application fee for any of our postgraduate courses.

What funding is available to me?

The Government offers a Postgraduate Loan for new Masters students. You can decide how much or little you want to receive, up to the maximum amount.

The loan is not means-tested and you can amend the amount you have requested up to one month before the end of the academic year. You don’t have to declare how you plan to use the funds, but it can help to pay fees, accommodation costs, or other costs you may incur while studying.

If you’re eligible for a Postgraduate Loan, you can still receive some other scholarships, bursaries or funding – though there are a few exceptions.

You'll find details of the Postgraduate Loan, ARU scholarships and other sources of funding on our postgraduate finance page.

What distance learning options are available?

As a postgraduate student, you can choose from a range of flexible options, including part-time study at one of our three campuses, distance learning and work-based study. And with access to the latest facilities and virtual support, you’ll gain the expertise you need in a way that works for you.

Most of our courses offer the option to start in September or January – it’s up to you.

For a full list of distance learning courses visit our Distance learning website.

What accommodation is available?

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study with us, our Residential Services Team is on hand to offer help and advice.

From campus halls for international postgraduate students, to private house shares for all, we can offer guidance and assistance in finding you the option that suits you best.