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The UK’s Aston University was founded in 1895. Its Business School is over 60 years old, and its School of Pharmacy is over 90. Science and engineering programs have been available at the school since 1895, and Aston was one of the first universities in the United Kingdom to offer undergraduate degrees in subjects like Business Management, Human Psychology, Audiology, and Optometry.
In a Research Assessment Exercise performed in 2008, 86 percent of the research that was undertaken was regarded as “internationally significant,” and 88 percent of Aston’s academic staff were subsequently submitted for research assessment - one of the highest proportions in the U.K.
Also impressive is Aston’s graduate employment record, which shows that about 80 percent of Aston graduates enter graduate-level jobs. During the 2011-2012 year, it was 89 percent - the fifth highest percentage of all universities in the U.K., according to both the 2012 and 2011 DLHE surveys. Aston also has a low drop-out rate of only 3.9 percent.
Applications for undergraduate programs at Aston should be submitted online through their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). If the applicant’s school is registered with UCAS, then he or she can apply through the school, else the application can be submitted directly to the UCAS website.
Applications for courses starting in the autumn can start being submitted in July. To qualify for full and equal treatment for the upcoming school year, students must submit their applications by January 15, though students can still apply to the university after that date. International students have until June 30 to apply, however it is recommended that they apply as early as possible due to some courses that they may wish to take being in particularly high demand.
Costs and Financial Aid
Present tuition costs are £9000 for UK and EU students, with the placement year costing £1,000 for UK and EU students.
For international students, the costs are as follows:
- Aston Business School £13,000
- Languages and Social Sciences - £13,000
- EAS programs - £14,000 - 16,000
- LHS programs - £16,000
- Placement Year: £2,500
The university also offers four different scholarships, which are awarded based on household income and/or academic performance. These scholarships are the Aston Aspire Scholarship, the Aston Progression Scholarship, the Excellence Scholarship, and the Placement Scholarship. More information can be obtained on the university’s website.
The total number of undergraduates attending Aston University is estimated to be about 8,000 students, while the postgraduate student body equals about 1,500. Overseas students comprise about 17 percent of the student body, and the male-to-female ratio is 51 to 49.
There are a total of 1,500 computer workstations on campus at Aston, some of which are available 24 hours, seven days a week. The library is open 24 hours a day during the semester, and it contains over 300,000 books, as well as the Learning Development Centre. The library was refurbished and expanded during the summers of both 2010 and 2013.
Some of the more famous alumni to have graduated from Aston University in years past include television presenter Kate Walsh, former BP chief executive Tony Hayward, BBC journalists Laura Jones and Ivan Noble, and the President of Azad University, Abdollah Jassbi.
Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3000
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