Aston University

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 Founded in 1895, Aston is an established, “old” University known for world class Teaching Quality and Research and a Graduate Employment record that is consistently amongst the best in the UK – ranked 9th out of all 120 Universities in the UK for graduate employment in 2008-2009 by the Sunday Times. Aston is also consistenly ranked in the UK’s top 20 or 30 in The Times and Complete University Guide rankings, above many Russell Group Universities.

All of the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities are based on our attractive, self contained green Campus, right in the centre of Birmingham, one of Europe’s liveliest and welcoming cities. We are proud of our close-knit, safe and friendly campus atmosphere which provides the perfect environment for academic success and a fantastic social life. Around 70% of our students take Sandwich or Year Abroad programmes providing excellent experience integrated into their degrees. Over 20% of our students are from outside the UK providing a truly international experience.

With around 9,000 students at the University our students benefit from being part of an academic and social community large enough to be lively and diverse but small enough so as not to feel overwhelming. We also have extensive student accommodation, with a guarantee in place on campus for first year students. International students are offered accommodation on campus for the duration of their studies at Aston.

This all contributes to one of the UK’s lowest student drop-out rates and consistently strong student satisfaction ratings.

We offer a wide range of single, joint and combined honours Degree Programmes in the subjects covered by our four Academic Schools:

Aston Business School
School of Engineering & Applied Science
School of Life & Health Sciences
School of Languages & Social Sciences

Aston Triangle

Birmingham

United Kingdom

Switchboard:

44 121 2043000

Undergraduate study

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/

Applying to Aston University

  • Applications for all of our Undergraduate programmes should be made online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
  • UCAS covers all full-time courses (including those with placement years) leading to a first degree or diploma at university or college in the UK.
  • Course details for all institutions in UCAS, including information on entry requirements and UCAS codes, are available on the UCAS website.
  • If your school, college or careers centre is registered with UCAS, you can apply through them, but if not you can apply directly on the UCAS website.
  • If you have difficulty using the website, contact the UCAS’s Customer Service team.

 Postgraduate Study

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/

Taught programmes

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/

A taught programme (Masters) is ideal if you are looking for a competitive advantage in the job market or to develop extra knowledge and skills that will help you in your career. It can also be useful if you wish to have a change in career direction. Masters programmes typically last one year full-time or two years part-time.

An MRes (Master of Research) degree is a Masters level award. The special significance of an MRes degree is that it reflects a thorough grounding in research methods.

You normally need a good honours degree for entry onto an Aston taught programme. You may be eligible with equivalent professional qualifications

How to apply

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/

Our online application form is the quick and easy way to apply for all of our non-UCAS courses, which include:

  •     Taught and research postgraduate programmes
  •     MBA programmes
  •     Foundation Degrees
  •     International Foundation programmes
  •     Exchange programmes

International students

We welcome applications from well-qualified students offering a wide range of other qualifications including the International Baccalaureate (IB), European Baccalaureate (EB), and many other international qualifications. Please contact the relevant Admissions Tutor if you would like further information – contact details are listed on each course page.

Entry requirements are listed in this prospectus in terms of A Level qualifications; the University
accepts equivalent international qualifications and international access/foundation programmes. As an example, International Baccalaureate (IB) candidates should equate an A level offer of BBB to mean 33-34 points at IB and an A level offer of BCC to be 31-32 points.

Offer levels vary according to degree programme and you should contact the relevant Admissions Tutor if you need further information – contact details are listed on each course page. If you have international qualifications and are not sure if they are acceptable for entry, please contact the International Office for advice

Foundation programmes

Aston runs a range of foundation years for international students. These are designed to prepare you for a university education in the UK. The programmes prepare students who do not have the required A Level or equivalent qualifications, for entry to Aston’s undergraduate degree programmes.

How and when to apply

All undergraduate applicants must apply through UCAS. We consider international applications throughout the year, but recommend that you apply as early as possible in the UCAS cycle.

For the International Foundation Programme, you apply directly to us through our website.

Second year entry

We are also happy to consider suitably qualified UCAS applicants for advanced standing into the second year of selected programmes. Direct entry to the final year of any of our degrees is not permitted, reflecting the high quality and professional integrity of our programmes.

English language requirements

To ensure that you will be successful in your studies at Aston, we look for strong evidence that you have a good level of written and spoken English before you are accepted onto any of Aston’s programmes. You can find more details on our International Office pages.

Aston is an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test centre, so you can register for IELTS classes and tests.

We run a series of English language summer courses before the start of each academic year. These are designed to help you to gain the language skills needed for your chosen subject area and develop your communication skills.

Aston University Departments

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/departments/

Schools of Study

Aston Business School
0121 204 3000 |  business@aston.ac.uk

Centre for Learning, Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP)
0121 204 4225 |   clipp@aston.ac.uk

School of Engineering & Applied Science
0121 204 3535 |  eas_reception@aston.ac.uk

School of Life & Health Sciences
0121 204 3000

School of Languages & Social Sciences
0121 204 3700

Centre for Executive Development
0121 204 3160 |  abs-execed@aston.ac.uk

Research groups
Student support services

The Hub Advice Zone
0121 204 4007 |  thehub@aston.ac.uk

Careers Service
0121 204 4757 |  careers@aston.ac.uk

Chaplaincy
0121 204 4276 |  chaplaincy@aston.ac.uk

Counselling
0121 204 4007 |  counselling@aston.ac.uk

Disability and Additional Needs
0121 204 4007 |  danu@aston.ac.uk

Financial Assistance (Hardship Funds)
0121 204 4740 |  fau@aston.ac.uk

International Office
0121 204 4888 |  international@aston.ac.uk

International Student Support (Immigration Advice)
0121 204 4567 |  issu@aston.ac.uk

Learning Development Centre
0121 204 3040 | ldc @aston.ac.uk

Library & Information Services
0121 204 4525 |  library@aston.ac.uk

Residential Services
accom@aston.ac.uk

Sport & Recreation
012 1 204 4623 |  sportsenquiries@aston.ac.uk

Student Credit Control (Finance)
0121 204 4355

Students’ Guild (Students’ Union)
0121 204 4855 |  guild.communications@aston.ac.uk
External services

Business Partnership Unit
0121 204 4242 |  bpu@aston.ac.uk

Conference Aston
0121 204 3011 |  conferenceaston@aston.ac.uk

Graduate Advantage
0121 204 4767 |  enquiries@graduateadvantage.co.uk

Administrative departments & services

Development and Alumni Relations Office
0121 204 4543 |  alumniinfo@aston.ac.uk

Business Partnership Unit
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Careers Service
0121 204 4757 |  careers@aston.ac.uk

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Central Procurement Team (Internal access only)
(Information for External Suppliers)
0121 204 4030

Centre for Staff and Graduate Development
0121 204 4598

Equality & Diversity

Estates & Capital Developments

Human Resources
0121 204 3000

Finance (student information)
0121 2 04 4355

Finance
0121 2 04 4368

International Office
0121 204 4888 |  international@aston.ac.uk

Information Systems Aston (IT department)
0121 204 3445

Library & Information Services
0121 204 4525 |  library@aston.ac.uk

Marketing
0121 204  3000 |  marketing@aston.ac.uk

Nursery
0121 204 4562 |  nurseryenquiries@aston.ac.uk

Outreach Office / Widening Participation
0121 204 4775 |  outreach@aston.ac.uk

Press and Public Relations
0121 204 45 52 |  pr@aston.ac.uk

Registry & Planning Services
0121 204 3000

Research Support Office
0121 204 42 23 |   rso@aston.ac.uk

Safety Office
0121 204 3000

Schools & Colleges Liaison
0121 204 4771 |  schliaison@aston.ac.uk

Security
0121 359 2922 |   security@aston.ac.uk

Contact information

If you are travelling to Aston, you may want to use visit our maps and directions page.

Main Switchboard: +44 (0)121 204 3000         Fax: +44 (0)121 204 3696

Address: Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/about/contact/

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