Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Aston is a friendly and diverse learning environment, home to a close-knit international campus community of nearly 13,000 students, including more than 3,000 international students from over 130 countries. In the UK University Guides, such as the Guardian, the Times and the Complete University Guide, Aston is consistently ranked in the top 35 out of more than 110 universities. Aston’s impressive performance in the guides is based on its excellent research and teaching quality, entry requirements, graduate employment rates, degree success, student satisfaction and spending on teaching/student facilities.
Programmes and scholarships
The University is organised into four Academic Schools:
- The Aston Business School (ABS) offers a range of broad-based and specialist Business and Management courses and research, with a growing focus on entrepreneurship
- The School of Engineering and Applied Science school focuses on the engineering, technological and logistical solutions in demand for society’s future needs
- The School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) is one of the leading centres of health sciences within the UK and offers a wide range of courses such as Optometry and Pharmacy
- The School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) offers interdisciplinary teaching and research in Modern Languages, English Language, Politics and International Relations as well as Sociology and Policy
Aston has over 50 years of experience in providing students with integrated employer placement opportunities and was one of the pioneers of this approach to university degrees. A placement year gives you the opportunity to try out your chosen career path and provides you with the perfect opportunity to apply what you have learnt on your course to a professional work environment. The study placement year abroad is spent in another country, increasing fluency in another language and adding value to your degree by immersing yourself in an exciting new culture and society.
Our scholarship programmes help to ensure that anyone who is qualified to come to Aston University can afford to do so, regardless of their financial circumstances. Aston scholarships for UK/EU students currently allow a choice between campus accommodation discounts, tuition fee discounts or other support towards living costs. Scholarships are also available for international students. Cost shouldn’t limit your career aspirations, which is why we offer all Aston graduates a reduction in MSc course fees, whatever their discipline.
The Aston University campus is located on a green 60 acre, self-contained site in the centre of Birmingham – the largest and most populous city in the UK outside London. Over 200,000 conferences and 320 exhibitions are hosted in the city every year unleashing the massive possibilities created by bringing great minds together. Aston Campus is only within 5-10 minute walk of the main shopping, business and entertainment areas of the city.
The library has four floors and contains over 1,000 reader places. There is online access to 50,000 electronic journals across all subject areas and all journals, e-books, and other key online resources can be accessed from any computer on campus, or other locations off campus. There are more than 50 computer labs across Aston campus, many of which can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Aston University students can benefit from accessible and affordable high quality sports facilities right on their doorstep. Whether you are a novice or an elite performer, there are lots of opportunities to compete and over 35 sports clubs are run by the University Athletic Union.
All Aston accommodation rooms have an ensuite shower, toilet and washbasin, and share kitchen and dining facilities for between five and ten students. All utility bills are included in the rent and free, high speed internet is available throughout the accommodation blocks. Across campus, modern laundrettes are available on a pay as you go basis.