Aston University has a reputation for excellence in business, engineering, science and technology, and has a new medical school that opened in 2018. Aston’s Business School was founded in 1947 and is one of the oldest and largest in the UK. It holds triple accreditation, which is a classification given to only 73 business schools worldwide by the three leading business school accreditation associations. The University is centrally located within Birmingham, a diverse, vibrant city that is the second largest in the UK.

Key Facts


  • #48 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #34 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #36 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 11,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 2,500

Year founded

  • 1895

  • The University was awarded Gold for Teaching Excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017).
  • The university is made up of five schools: Engineering and Applied Science, Life and Health Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences, the Aston Medical School and the Aston Business School. 
  • A multi-million pound development programme has seen the completion of a new European Bioenergy Research Institute and the Aston University Student Village, providing 3,000 en-suite rooms.
  • The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 placed Aston 18th out of 120 UK Universities for Student Experience.
Areas of recognition

Within the 2020 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, Aston is ranked in the UK Top 20 for Building (#16) and Pharmacology and Pharmacy (#19).

It 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.

Kings alumni at Aston University

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