Aston University is lively, welcoming and cosmopolitan campus based university situated in the centre of Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK. It was founded in 1895 and in 1966, received the Royal Charter to be a University from Queen Elizabeth II. The campus is home to five schools (Business, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences Life and Health Sciences and the Medical school) which offer foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes. Aston has more than 11,000 undergraduates and more than 2,000 postgraduate students from over 120 countries.
Aston consistently ranks high in various international league tables. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 78% of research submitted was evaluated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally recognised’. Other highlights include being in the top 100 Best ‘Golden Age’ Universities in the World (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017), top 200 in the world (2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings) and top 200 in Europe (Times Higher Education European University Rankings 2018).
Whatever undergraduate course you are studying, you can choose to study French, German, Spanish, Mandarin or Arabic whilst you are at Aston, either as an optional module within your degree programme or on an extra-curricular basis. The University offers over 30 Joint Honours degrees that allow you to study two separate subjects to Honours level but in a way which integrates the two academic areas.
For international students flying into the city, Birmingham Airport is 20 minutes train journey from Birmingham New Street Station, and London is a 90 minute journey by rail or two hours’ drive. Our multi-cultural campus is only 10 minutes’ walking distance from the city’s main shopping and entertainment centres. Mercer Quality of Living Report 2015 ranked Birmingham City as having the highest quality of life of any other city in the UK outside of the capital. Aston University was ranked first for student quality of life in 2010, while FHM and Virgin Student ranked it amongst the friendliest universities in the country.
- 43rd in the Times University Guide 2021
- 30th in the Guardian University Guide 2021
- 90% International student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)
- 2nd in UK for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist, based on Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset 2017)
- 82% employability rating from the Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2018
Subject ranking highlights include:
- 85th in Business & Economics (Times Higher Education 2018)
- Aston Business graduates earn £7,738 more than expected five years after graduation (The Economist)
2020 QS Subject Rankings for key courses:
- Top 100 for Business & Management Studies
- Top 200 for Accounting & Finance
- Top 250 for Linguistics and Accounting & Finance
Aston has 8 subject areas ranked in the top 30 in Europe and 2 in the top 20 in the world in the 2018 Eduniversal Rankings.
Established: 1895 (granted University Status by Royal Charter in 1966)
Chancellor: Sir John Sunderland
Vice-Chancellor: Alec Cameron
Location: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
52.4860°N 1.8895°WCoordinates: 52.4860°N 1.8895°W