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Arden University

Arden University

At Arden University we believe that everyone, everywhere should be able to study. Regardless of your location, cost, life commitments or time pressures, we are passionate about giving you access to higher education that works for you.

We offer access to degreesmasters and MBA programmes in both online distance learning and flexible on-campus study modes. Our students range from 18 to 80 years old and we support them on-campus (at our Birmingham, Manchester and London Study Centres) and online. We are proud to offer non-standard entry requirements which means your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account.

At Arden, we make it our business to help students achieve their potential.


Arden University started life in 1990 as Resource Development International (RDI) a family-owned business, giving learners worldwide an opportunity to further their education through flexible distance learning.

In April 2014 we were awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP).

This meant we could award our own degrees alongside continuing to offer courses awarded by our partner universities.

In August 2015 we officially became Arden University, the only specialist online learning university to launch in the UK in the last 50 years.


With Arden University, students have access to 24/7, multi-device, multi-media learning materials and a leading edge ‘virtual classroom’. Over 90% of our students work alongside their studies. Many have family or caring responsibilities so from watching tutorials while you travel, completing assessments on the sofa or using the online library whilst enjoying your holiday, Arden lets you complete your studies without putting your life on hold.


Just because Arden offers flexible distance learning doesn’t mean students are on their own. Students have plenty of one-to one contact and support throughout their studies. Academic support comes from expert tutors through regular sessions and tutorials, 1-2-1 feedback emails, Skype and phone calls. For day to day administrative support, each student has a named Student Support contact to keep students on track from enrolment through graduation.

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Arden courses are designed with a strong focus on employability so that learning will directly help students in the workplace whether that’s starting a new career, wanting to progress or to change jobs. To support student’s workplace and career development needs, a full service online careers portal helps students search for jobs, develop a CV and sharpen interview techniques. These are just a few of the really useful tools thousands of Arden students have access to. Learn more about career support.


Need a little more structure? Arden has study centres in Birmingham, Manchester and London that offer full time degrees with part-time campus hours, using an innovative ‘compressed blended learning’ schedule. Students get all the same great online materials and support, with the addition face-to-face seminars during term times. For our postgraduate courses, these classes are timetabled to a maximum of one 3-hour evening session every fortnight – leaving time for working and other commitments.

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Offering students choice

“For over a quarter of a century, we’ve worked incredibly hard to develop a credible Higher Education institution that complements the UK campus university sector. To receive confirmation that the Government recognises this work, and is confident that our academic standards, financial status, and governance structure meet the stringent criteria required for university title, is a fantastic achievement.

“The quality of UK university education is renowned the world over. With Arden University, we want to take on that mantle by ensuring that students, both in the UK and overseas, benefit from modern, accessible and flexible ways of learning that truly support their career ambition.”

Dr Philip Hallam
VC & CEO Arden University

Talk to us

Our Study Centres are located at:

Arden University
International House
W5 5DB

Arden University
Tower Hill Campus
Sceptre Court
40 Tower Hill, 6th Floor

Arden University
30 Holborn

Arden University
Centre City
7 Hill Street
B5 4UA

Arden University
Linley House
Dickinson Street
M1 4LF


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