About us

A supportive and inclusive university built for the modern world

Offering a combination of distance and blended learning degree courses to students in the UK and globally, Arden University provides access to the skills, knowledge, and opportunities our learners need to further their careers and achieve the success they deserve.

Having received degree awarding powers from the UK Government in 2015, today we have more than 27,000 ambitious students learning with us online and at our UK campuses in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds, as well as in Berlin, Germany. As a new university, we’ve been able to build our courses from the ground up to reflect the needs of today’s students, with many of our courses being developed hand in hand with UK employers and business organisations.

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Our focus on accessibility, our strong industry links, and the support we offer our students and staff means that Arden is a unique institution that is removing traditional barriers to higher education. This is reflected in our uniquely modern approach to how we assess students – moving away from the traditional exam model and towards practical assessments that reflects how students will put their skills to use in real life.

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Future-proof courses, for lasting success

Now an established presence in the Higher Education industry, our degree programmes are driven by technology, shaped by employers, and built around our learners’ lives.

Arden’s cutting-edge digital learning platforms contain all the materials our students need to succeed, and our industry accreditation and partnerships with institutions like the NHS, CMI, and CIPD, provides students with the resources, insight, and opportunities to transform their careers and make a positive contribution to their communities.

Accrediting bodies and industry partners

The British Psychological Society (BPS)
The British Psychological Society (BPS)
The single-subject psychology degree courses at the School of Psychology are accredited by The British Psychological Society, the representative body for professional psychologists in the UK.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a powerful global presence within the accountancy profession, inspiring its members and students towards greater success and prosperity.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) provides continuing professional development services, funds academic research, develops thought leadership, and monitors professional standards in the accountancy sector.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development in the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals.
Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)
Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)
Validation of academic courses in public health by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA), an independent and international non-profit organisation, ensures that curriculum and syllabus content adheres to European standards for contemporary courses, and aligns with the basic structure and core content required from programmes in the field.
Association for Project Management (APM)
Association for Project Management (APM)
The Association for Project Management (APM) is committed to developing project management excellence. The organisation has more than 30,000 members and 500 organisations participating in its partnership programmes.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a professional body which sets the industry standards for human resource management and people development.
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), part of the City & Guilds group, is a professional membership body for leaders and managers with a mission of inspiring great leadership everywhere.

Creating an award-winning learning experience

Our increasing student numbers have also been met by industry recognition.

Most recently, our hard work and commitment towards providing quality education for all led to us being named Higher Education Institution of the Year at the EducationInvestor Awards 2023.

In September 2023 we received Highly Commended at the ALT Awards – recognising our commitment to learning technology.

Our Library team secured a nomination in the Times Higher Education Awards 2023 for our library provision.

EI Awards 2023


In 2024 CEO Magazine ranked our Executive MBA the best in it’s class in the UK and among the top ten Executive MBAs globally.

Our MBA was also voted among the top ten MBA courses in Europe and number 2 in the UK overall by CEO Magazine.

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Other recent awards and accolades

Award Celebration

In 2022’s EducationInvestor Awards we were named in the Further Education/Vocational Education Provider of the year.

In other recent national awards, Arden University was shortlisted as a finalist in The PIEoneer Awards 2022 in the Championing Diversity award category.

In the CMI Partner Awards 2022 we were shortlisted in the Outstanding Higher Education Training Provider of the Year.

Our Faculty of Business was nominated as a finalist for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022/23.

Study with Arden

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