Aston University

Aston University

Students from over 120 countries choose to study at Aston University - a safe and friendly campus enjoyed by a global, multicultural community. Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities and home to an unrivalled cultural heritage, top sporting events, music, performing arts and outstanding world cuisine.

Top reasons to study here

  • A new Government league table, The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), considered to be a game changer for UK universities.
  • Our mission is to be the UK’s leading university for students aspiring to succeed in business and the professions.
  • Our commitment to research, enterprise and inspiring teaching delivers local and global impact.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (1)



Aston University received its Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth II on 22 April 1966.1875

In 1895 the Birmingham Municipal Technical School separated from the Birmingham and Midland Institute. Dr W E Sumpner was appointed as Principal and classes were taught in chemistry, physics, metallurgy and electrical engineering.


At Aston we conduct high-quality research in all of our academic Schools: Aston Business School; Aston Medical School, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Life and Health Sciences, and School of Languages and Social Sciences.


Which career should you choose?

Choosing a career can be daunting. To keep it as simple as possible, follow the process below which breaks things down into manageable sections. Remember, we are at your side with support, advice and resources. 

Know what makes you tick

  • What motivates you? Where do your strengths lie? What’s your personality type? We can help you answer these and other questions, so that you can identify the careers that you are most likely to succeed in and enjoy.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
401 100
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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511 -69
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
722 -20
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Aston is a safe campus to live and study and we have a number of systems in place to ensure your safety, security and wellbeing are protected. Student safety is a priority for Aston University and the outstanding service by Aston’s Security Team is recognised through the award of ‘Security Team of the Year 2019’ by AUCSO (Association of University Chief Security Officers).Staying safe and reporting any incidents is the shared responsibility of our whole community and there are some simple steps you can follow to give you extra vigilance and peace of mind.

Housing services

When you apply for Aston, you have the choice of either a room in a 5 bed or 7 bed flat. These flats are split between 3 buildings, each with similar facilities and proximity to Aston's main building and other campus facilities.

The Residence Tutors are volunteer postgraduate students who assist in ensuring the provision and delivery of an effective system of pastoral care and welfare suport for students resident in Aston Student Village.

If you are interested in this role and have over 12 months until your submission deadline (PhDs only) please apply.

Library services

  • You automatically become a member of the Library as soon as you start at Aston University.  You will need your uniCARD to enter the building, so make sure you always have it with you.
  • The library has thousands of eBooks and electronic journals that you can access from anywhere - not just on campus! You can also borrow a laptop, or just come here to study with your own device.

ICT services

We aim to provide you with “Excellence in ICT services” through high quality systems, technologies and software that support your day to day work.

  • Audio visual
  • Data storage
  • Email
  • IT Security
  • It equipment
  • Managed servers
  • Printing
  • Remote access
  • Research
  • Software
  • Telephony
  • Unicard
  • Wifi

Medical services

Student life has both ups and downs, so it's important our students feel that there is always support available should they need it.

We offer a wide range of services geared towards ensuring your time with us is a success in academic, social and personal terms.

Student Life

Campus life

Aston University considers itself as one of the main green spaces within Birmingham city centre. With this in mind, the University strives to manage its grounds by enhancing biodiversity wherever possible. The University has a Biodiversity Action Plan and a Biodiversity Code of Practice found on our policy pages. The following are key areas that support the objectives and targets set out in those documents.

Sports facilities

Team sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Volleyball
  • Student sports clubs
  • Recreation centre

Student clubs

  • Accounting for management society
  • Adventist on Campus
  • Afghan Society
  • Afro Caribbean Society
  • Biology Society
  • Bulgarian Society
  • Chinese Students Society
  • Chess Society

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom


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