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Change your career with an online degree. Study flexibly when and where it suits, because real life doesn’t fit into a timetable.

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We’ve received a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in a UK-wide review of teaching, learning and student support. Our course content and delivery, learning resources and approaches to supporting student success are all rated as ‘outstanding’ TEF 2023

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Online Degrees at ARU Distance Learning

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Choose when and where to study

Choose when you study

Study around your other commitments 

Learn while you earn

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It all starts here

When you choose an ARU distance learning degree, you’re benefitting from an online learning story that began back in 2003 and educational excellence which (as part of Anglia Ruskin University) has developed since 1858.

We continue to expand our course choices and hone our offering so that it suits the lifestyles of learners just like you.

You’ll be in good company at ARU – over the past 10 years, more than 10,000 learners from 96 countries have studied online with us and gone on to do great things in a vast variety of careers.

ARU is for everyone.

Perhaps, earlier in life, you didn’t think university was for you?
Or maybe you just didn’t get the opportunity?

Now’s your time and you’re welcome here. Learning online gives you the flexibility you need to study when it’s most convenient and fit your education around other commitments.

Whether you want a career change, promotion, simply want to keep your brain active or are returning to the workplace after a break, distance learning makes it happen.

You can choose from our extensive range of distance learning degree courses, then study online using our Learning Management System. It’s your tool box for success – with everything from module guides and teaching notes to interactive quizzes, and discussion boards at your fingertips.

Sounds good? Our distance learning team are ready to help you find the right course today.

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Reach your potential


We’ve received a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in a UK-wide review of teaching, learning and student support.


University of the Year award 2023

We’re proud to be shortlisted for the University of the Year accolade at the Times Higher Education (THE) 2023 awards.


What our students say

The support I received studying for an online degree at ARU has given me an excellent foundation to go on to study for an MSc and has also greatly enhanced my career prospects.


My course has broadened my knowledge and changed my approach to problem solving. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone to learn new things and look at issues through a different lens.


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