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Aston University

Aston University, located in the city of Birmingham, is a public research university. Its roots date back to 1895, when the institution began as Birmingham Municipal Technical School. It was not until 1966 that the university gained official university status. The university is made up of 5 schools and has a total of student population of 14,000.

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Aston University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Aston University.

  • Rankings

    Aston University is ranked 45th out of 130 universities by the Times Higher Education. (2024 Rankings)

  • Employability

    According to the Guardian University Guide 2021, Aston University is ranked 31th in the UK for overall graduate career prospects.

  • Fees

    UK students will pay £9,250 for their tuition each year at Aston University. International fees begin at £18,250 and can increase up for £45,550 for prestigious degrees such as medicine (2024 Rate). EU students, EEA students and students from Switzerland, from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same fees as home students, more information regarding this can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    Aston University offers a full-range of bursaries and scholarships for students, the full range can be found here.


Aston University guarantees accommodation to all first-year students, provided that they meet certain criteria. This includes: being a full-time student for the full academic year; having firmly accepted their unconditional offer for Aston University on before 31st July; that they hold either a conditional or unconditional offer from Aston University and have applied for accommodation before the 19th July and that Aston University is the students first choice via UCAS. All Aston University accommodation is owned by Unite students and the length of contract offered will vary year-on-year. Students can find out more information here.

Students' Union

The Aston Student’s Union is affiliated with the National Union of Students and was established in 1966, after the university received a grant. The Student’s Union represents the entire student population and hosts a range of events. The building itself has 5 floors and is located in the heart of Aston Campus.

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Famous for

Aston University pioneered the concept of an integrated placement degree, which at the time was considered ground-breaking. Today, more than 73% of Aston University’s students take a placement year, the largest percentage across any UK university.


Aston University has been shortlisted for outstanding entrepreneurial University and Business School of the Year in the Times Higher Education awards. This is one of the most prestigious awards within the educational sector and Aston has been recognised for its work supporting local small and medium enterprises.

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"A thriving hub of multicultural activity and home to a lively music scene, Birmingham is the perfect student destination. The UK’s second city has something for everyone".

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