Scholarships at Aston University, UK


Aston University is lively, welcoming and cosmopolitan campus based university situated in the centre of Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK. It was founded in 1895 and in 1966, received the Royal Charter to be a University from Queen Elizabeth II. The campus is home to five schools (Business, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences Life and Health Sciences and the Medical school) which offer foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes. Aston has more than 11,000 undergraduates and more than 2,000 postgraduate students from over 120 countries.

Aston consistently ranks high in various international league tables. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 78% of research submitted was evaluated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally recognised’. Other highlights include being in the top 100 Best ‘Golden Age’ Universities in the World (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017), top 200 in the world (2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings) and top 200 in Europe (Times Higher Education European University Rankings 2018).

Whatever undergraduate course you are studying, you can choose to study French, German, Spanish, Mandarin or Arabic whilst you are at Aston, either as an optional module within your degree programme or on an extra-curricular basis. The University offers over 30 Joint Honours degrees that allow you to study two separate subjects to Honours level but in a way which integrates the two academic areas.

For international students flying into the city, Birmingham Airport is 20 minutes train journey from Birmingham New Street Station, and London is a 90 minute journey by rail or two hours’ drive. Our multi-cultural campus is only 10 minutes’ walking distance from the city’s main shopping and entertainment centres. Mercer Quality of Living Report 2015 ranked Birmingham City as having the highest quality of life of any other city in the UK outside of the capital. Aston University was ranked first for student quality of life in 2010, while FHM and Virgin Student ranked it amongst the friendliest universities in the country.

Services for International Students

An International Orientation Programme runs at the beginning of each year to provide information and support to new international students. Student volunteers or ‘Aston Aunties’ help to meet-and-greet students as they arrive at Birmingham Airport at specified times in the beginning of each academic year and help them adapt to the new culture and experiences awaiting them.

A team of International Student Advisers and Welfare staff who specialise in visas and immigration are available throughout the year, while students are also allocated a personal tutor to guide them through any academic issues during their study.


  • 43rd in the Times University Guide 2021
  • 30th in the Guardian University Guide 2021
  • 90% International student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)
  • 2nd in UK for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist, based on Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset 2017)
  • 82% employability rating from the Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2018

Subject ranking highlights include:

  • 85th in Business & Economics (Times Higher Education 2018)
  • Aston Business graduates earn £7,738 more than expected five years after graduation (The Economist)

2019 QS Subject Rankings for key courses:

  • Top 100 for Business & Management Studies
  • Top 200 for Accounting & Finance
  • Top 250 for Linguistics and Accounting & Finance

Aston has 8 subject areas ranked in the top 30 in Europe and 2 in the top 20 in the world in the 2018 Eduniversal Rankings.

Aston Business School

Aston Business School is amongst the top 1% of Business Schools in the world to hold the “triple crown” accreditation from the most sought-after international accreditations (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) and the school ranks consistently highly in both the Financial Times and the Economist’s rankings.

The Aston Global Advantage is an integrated module which runs throughout all MSc programmes at Aston Business School and focuses on professional development and employability. This module gives students the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. Students have the choice of four different streams in the final semester – Integrated Study Abroad, Work-based experience, Business Simulations on campus or work as a part of a team to develop a business idea and create a business plan to demonstrate your venture’s commercial potential.


Aston University guarantees university campus accommodation for students in their first year of study, as long as they accept their offer and book accommodation by the deadline on the website.

Aston’s campus is in the centre of Birmingham and contains 3,000 en-suite rooms. They are all five minutes’ walk from the main university buildings and the centre of Birmingham. Apartments are self-catering and house between 5 and 7 students. On-campus facilities include launderettes, satellite television lounges, 24-hour library and numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants. Residence tutors and wardens are available to support students.


Aston University campus is located in the centre of Birmingham, ‘Britain’s Second City’. Birmingham is a lively and multicultural city, with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. It currently hosts the largest number of theatres outside London and has a vibrant art, music and literary scene. Birmingham also has a strong nightlife and many festivals from the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade outside Dublin to the UK’s biggest indoor Christmas Market.



  • Keith Bradley, Baron Bradley (Labour politician and life peer)
  • Robert Walter (Conservative MP)
  • Simon D’Ujanga (State Minister for Energy, Uganda)
  • Anthony Cheung (Secretary for Transport and Housing, Hong Kong)


  • Phil Popham (Global Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover)
  • Angela Beesley Starling (Co-founder of Wikia)
  • Mark Wright (Executive Director, Jaguar Land Rover)
  • Ravi Kant (Vice Chairman of TATA Motors India)


  • Laura Jones (BBC Journalist)
  • Ivan Noble (BBC Journalist)
  • Kate Walsh (Television Presenter)
Global Excellence Scholarship
Scholarship Name Global Excellence Scholarship
Academic Year 2020
Scholarship amount Up to £5,000
Nationality Any
Aston University welcomes students from over 120 different countries every year to study with us. Located in the centre of Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city with one of Europe’s youngest populations, Aston University is a dynamic centre of learning in a dynamic city. We are committed to offering the highest quality of teaching, based on cutting-edge research, and aim to give our students the skills and knowledge they need to make a success of their future career. In order to support the best students to study at Aston University in September 2020, we are delighted to offer the Global Excellence Scholarship.

How much is this scholarship worth?

Scholarships of up to £5,000 are available for students starting in September 2020.

How to apply?

In order to apply for the Global Excellence Scholarship, you simply need to apply for your chosen course at Aston University and you will automatically be considered for this scholarship. We don’t require a written application statement, we will assess your eligibility based on your course application, your previous academic background and English language level.

What type of student is likely to receive a scholarship?

All international students, from any country outside of the EU, who apply to study an undergraduate or full-time postgraduate programme starting in September 2020 will automatically be considered for a scholarship of up to £5,000.

Aston University welcomes students from all backgrounds. We take pride in our diverse student body who come not only from all over the world, but also from a wide range of social and educational backgrounds. Global Excellence Scholarships will be awarded to students with strong academic backgrounds and English language levels.

Which courses are eligible?

Applicants to all undergraduate courses except for Medicine are eligible for this scholarship.

Applicants to all full-time 1-year postgraduate taught courses are eligible for this scholarship (except for the MBA).

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

You can only receive one scholarship but you are able to apply for multiple scholarships. If you are successful in being awarded multiple scholarships, the highest value scholarship will be awarded to you. Scholarships will automatically be credited to your student account in the form of a tuition fee reduction.

MBA Alumni Scholarships
Scholarship Name MBA Alumni Scholarships
Academic Year 2020
Nationality Any
Are you thinking about a career change? Would you like to take some time out to consider your options and update your skills?

Aston Business School is offering scholarships of 50% for Aston alumni who would like to join the full time MBA programme in September 2020.

At the cutting-edge of innovation, the Aston MBA offers a highly practical, experiential approach to learning. You’ll actively engage with pioneering leadership practice and gain valuable experience working on real-life consultancy projects.

What makes The Aston MBA experience so unique?

These five core values underpin the entire Aston MBA programme and ensure your development is central to everything we do:

  1. Powerful Personal Development – enhancing leadership capabilities and developing an entrepreneurial mindset to empower confident, responsible business leaders of the future.
  2. Cutting-edge Teaching – delivering innovative and experiential teaching methods in order to provide a rich, empowering learning experience.
  3. Engaging, Flexible Curriculum – powerful course content that reflects the modern global business environment and which can be tailored to your interests and career aspirations.
  4. Diverse, Supportive Environment – a friendly and diverse learning environment, where inclusion and collaboration are valued.
  5. Lasting Thought Leadership – recognising and addressing the latest trends and issues, thereby enabling you to have a meaningful impact in global business and leadership for years to come.

If you would like to find out more about the 50% alumni scholarship please email

Owen Family Trust Scholarship
Scholarship Name Owen Family Trust Scholarship
Academic Year 2020
Scholarship amount £5,000
Nationality Any
One award of £5,000 available for September 2020 entry


  • Applicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) programmes only.
  • Restricted to applicants who live in, or went to school in, the West Midlands.
  • For those who are in the first generation of their family to participate in higher education.

How to apply

  • You must upload a 500 word personal statement which demonstrates your eligibility, and explains what difference this funding would make to your ambitions.
Aston Excellence Scholarships 2020
Scholarship Name Aston Excellence Scholarships 2020
Academic Year 2020
Scholarship amount £2,500
Nationality Any
Aston University is offering scholarships available to UK/EU postgraduate students looking to start full-time postgraduate Masters study in September 2020.

£2,500 Scholarship for UK/EU High Achievers


  • £2,500 off course fee for Aston Masters full-time postgraduate courses for the following subjects: business, engineering, applied sciences, life and health sciences, languages and social sciences.
  • You are a UK/EU citizen.
  • You have achieved a First Class Honours undergraduate degree.
  • For study commencing September 2020.

£1,500 Scholarship for UK/EU High Achievers


  • £1,500 off course fee Aston Masters full-time postgraduate courses for the following subjects: business, engineering, applied sciences, life and health sciences, languages and social sciences.
  • You are a UK/EU citizen.
  • You have achieved a 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree.
  • For study commencing September 2020.

How to apply

  • If you are eligible for one of these scholarships you will be awarded the scholarship fee discount automatically so you will not need to submit a scholarship application.
  • If you have already achieved your undergraduate degree qualification your scholarship will be offered unconditionally.If you are in your final year of undergraduate study the scholarship will be awarded upon confirmation of your degree result.

20% loyalty scholarship for Aston graduates

  • If you are an Aston graduate you are automatically entitled to a 20% course fee alumni scholarship discount should you hold any undergraduate degree classification.
  • If you are an Aston graduate and achieve a First Class Honours undergraduate degree you will be awarded the higher scholarship of £2,500 as per the criteria above.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

  • You can apply for more than one Aston University scholarship but you can only be awarded one scholarship.
  • If you are successing in being awarded a scholarship the highest value scholarship from your applications will be awarded to you.
  • An awarded scholarship will be automatically credited to your student account as a tuition fee reduction.

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