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Aston University

Over the last 20 years, we have consistently been ranked as a top university for graduate employability (80th in the World and 12th in the UK, according QS Graduate Employability Rankings). Our mission is to deliver and maintain a sustainable campus that enhances the student experience.

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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.


With a wide range of modules and a diverse student population, Aston offers students an online learning community. Students can build their network with peers and instructors while enjoying the convenience of an online degree. Designed for working professionals and busy adult learners, students can take classes 24/7 at their convenience and finish some degrees in as few as 2 years.

An online degree from Aston University carries with it the same reputation for academic excellence and career-ready focus that employers desire.


Aston focuses on high quality, exploitable research that has the potential to have an impact on the real world around us. You can explore some of the more recent examples Aston's Impact through our case studies and videos. These range from impact on culture, business and policy to environment and health. 


On Aston Futures, we advertise over 15,000 roles every year with employers actively looking to recruit Aston students and graduates. Once you register for your graduate account, as well as searching for job vacancies, you can find details of careers events and keep up to date with our careers newsletters.

Registering for a graduate account on Aston Futures will also allow you to book an appointment with a careers consultant. We know you may be anywhere in the world once you graduate so you can book Skype or telephone appointments if this is more convenient for you.

Remember to register for your graduate account using your personal email address as your Aston email will expire 3 months after graduating.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

  • All lecture theatres, seminar rooms and laboratories

  • Our award winningCareers and Employability Centre

  • Health and welfare services including a dentist surgery, opticians, Chaplaincy, health drop-in centre and counselling service. Our NHS Doctor's surgery is less than 10 minutes walk.

  • Loads of places to eat, (cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs) meet friends and relax between lectures.

  • General store, supermarket, bank, bookshop and computer shop

  • The Hub - our one-stop student support centre.

Housing services

Providing you fulfil the criteria of the allocation policy, from Mid-April, new students will receive a room offer booking once they receive an Unconditional course offer which has been accepted with the University. During our main intake we will be very busy, so we aim to send all guaranteed room offer bookings within a three week period assuming you fulfil the guarantee for first year students. You will be contacted by Unite Students to complete an application form and make an advance payment of £250.Returning students must deal directly with Unite Students for a room on Campus. Returning students are housed in Harriet Martineau or Lakeside.

Library services

  • A well equipped, refurbished Library open seven days a week (and 24 hours a day during key periods!)

  • Aston Publications Explorer is the University's Open Access institutional repository for research publications and theses - it helps to maximize the visibility and impact of the research done at Aston.   

ICT services

There are laboratories on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Main Building that contain dual-boot PCs. Our laboratories provide an environment for experimentation and research in many areas.You will also have access to other extensive facilities provided centrally by the University. All of our dedicated computing laboratories are open to our students 24 hours a day.

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

Our self-contained campus gives Aston University students the best of both worlds: a green, well-equipped, friendly campus in the heart of a vibrant city.

All our social, support and academic facilities are based on campus, so you never have far to go. Aston University is less than five minutes walk from Birmingham city centre and its many shops, restaurants, galleries, theatres, cinemas, pubs and clubs.

Sports facilities

  • Great sports facilities, including two large sports halls, a 100 station gym, 25m swimming pool, large aerobics room, squash courts and all-weather floodlit sports pitches.

  • Sport Aston Offer a Wide Range of Courses to Boost your Skills

  • Aston's high quality, clean and friendly gym is on campus. With no joining fee it provides value for money whether you are a student or a member of the public.

Student clubs

Clubs and societies include:

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


  • Aston Business School is among the elite 1 per cent of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS, the leading accreditation bodies for business schools in the UK, US and Europe.
  • MSc Accounting & Finance is fully accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

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