Dating back to 1895, Aston University is a long-established institution known globally for its high-quality teaching. Degrees are focused on employability, practical experience and entrepreneurship. Students benefit from the university's career-enhancing education opportunities and the many links to local and global businesses in the UK's second largest city.
Aston is a diverse and friendly campus university set in the heart of Birmingham. Over 3,000 international students from more than 120 countries call it home. All are encouraged to take part in work placements or similar professional opportunities during their studies, and are given opportunities throughout their degree to enhance their employability.
The university's achievements include:
- University of the Year, and the most value added (Guardian 2020)
- Outstanding Entrepreneurial University (Times Higher Education Awards 2020)
- Top 100 in the world for business & management (QS, 2021)
- 31st in the UK for career prospects (Guardian 2021)
- A leader in global sustainability (Guardian 2020)
Student life and local area
The city of Birmingham is a large, vibrant and exciting place to live and study. It has a lower cost of living than London, but still provides all the major benefits of a large international city.
Birmingham is a major hub for business and industry, attracting companies such as Amazon, Arup, ASOS, Balfour Beatty, BBC, Deutsche Bank, PwC, HSBC and Goldman Sachs. There are also more business startups in Birmingham than in any other UK city outside of London (Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), 2020).
Birmingham is a great student city and there's plenty to do when not studying, such as visiting museums, art galleries, parks, restaurants and much more. The city is located in the centre of England with easy transport routes across the UK. Birmingham airport has flights to countries all over Europe and with many long distance links.