Aston University

Birmingham, England


Aston University is a public research university situated in the city centre of Birmingham, England. Aston began as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895, evolving into the UK’s first College of Advanced Technology in 1956. Aston University received its royal charter from Queen Elizabeth II on 22 April 1966.

In 2017, Aston received recognition Times Higher Education for the second best teaching quality in the UK. For 2018, it was ranked in the top 55 universities in the UK by all major domestic and international league tables. Aston was ranked by QS as the 42nd best university in the world under 500 years old in 2015.

Aston pioneered the integrated placement year concept over 50 years ago, with more than 70% of Aston students taking a placement year, the highest percentage in the UK.

Established in 1895 as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School, the university is situated on a 60-acre campus at Gosta Green, in the city centre of Birmingham, England. As well as being home to over 3,000 students, the Aston University campus has the following amenities available: sports centres, swimming pool, 120 station gym, library, cafés, restaurants, pubs, shops, travel centre, hairdresser, health centre, dentist, places of worship, opticians, a bank, automated teller machines and plenty of outside space.

Aston University Library is on four floors and contains over 250,000 books, 800 current printed periodicals and has over 700 reader places. It provides online access to over 40 electronic databases and more than 3,400 electronic journals. The Library is open 24 hours a day to Aston students and staff during exam time, and on average, around 12 hours a day during term time.

Around the campus there are also various open-access IT suites, offering computer and internet access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer access to a range of software packages, database systems and computer-aided learning materials.

45 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1895
Size Medium
14,162 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL iBT, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Application Deadline for Medicine and Dentistry
Application Deadline for all other degrees

Cost and Scholarships

£ 14,630
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Aston Achievement Scholarship
Total Worth £1000 in the first year
Eligibility and Requirements a UK or EU student with BBB or above in A-Levels (or particular grades from a list of other qualifications)
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details Aston Achievement Scholarships can be used towards your tuition fees or to support living costs.
Vice-chancellor's International Scholarship
Total Worth £7,000
Eligibility and Requirements International students from any country outside of the EU can apply. This scholarship is available for applicants applying to all foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (except the MBChB in Medicine).
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Global Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth £3,000 and £5,000
Eligibility and Requirements All students who apply to study an undergraduate or full-time postgraduate programme
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline January 18
Other Details To apply for a £5,000 scholarship, you will also need to hold an offer for an undergraduate or full-time postgraduate programme starting in September. We also require you to submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words to support your scholarship application. Your personal statement should explain why you believe you would make an excellent scholar.