Learn here, earn more

Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset published in June 2020 showed:

  • Median earnings of employed Aston University graduates are £33,200 five years after graduation, the 15th largest in the UK
  • Graduates of Aston University’s Allied Health courses earn a median salary of £42,000 five years after graduation, the second largest in the country
  • Aston Business School graduates in business and management subjects have median earnings of £38,700 five years after graduation. Aston Business School employed graduates are the 17th largest earnings nationally.
  • The Department for Education’s LEO analysis also shows that after five years, 42% of Aston University’s employed graduates are still working in the West Midlands. This demonstrates the important contribution Aston University’s graduates make to the local economy.
  • Aston University’s Language and Area Studies graduates have the 9th largest median earnings at £31,000 five years after graduation.
  • For Aston University’s Architecture, Building & Planning subjects, Aston University’s graduates have the 12th largest median earnings at £38,100 five years after graduation.

The Longitudinal Education Outcomes Survey (LEO) is based on HMRC data from the latest available tax year and provides analysis of employment status and earnings of graduates. This analysis is based on First Degree graduates working and paying income tax in the UK.

Teaching Excellence Framework
  • A Government measure of teaching quality and student satisfaction, The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), has given Aston University a Gold award – the highest possible accolade.
  • TEF, published on 22 June 2017, found that students from all backgrounds achieve ‘consistently outstanding outcomes’ at Aston, with very high proportions of students going into highly skilled employment or further study.
UK Rankings

The Guardian University Guide 2021

  • 30th in the UK (overall)
  • 24th for Value Added*           
  • 31st for Career Prospects           
  • 11th for Continuation           

* The Guardian University Guide has ranked Aston University as 24th in the UK for 'value added'. This is a reflection of the effectiveness of the supportive environment, excellent teaching and opportunities to develop that students experience at Aston University, both within and outside of their course.

The value added score looks at students' qualifications before they enter university and their achievements when they graduate. To achieve a good value added score, a university must have real growth from students' entry qualifications to their final degree classification.

Satisfaction with course – highlighted subject rankings

  • Building and Town and Country Planning: 8th
  • Business, Management & Marketing: 23rd
  • Chemical Engineering: 12th
  • Chemistry: 27th
  • Electrical Engineering: 14th
  • English: 17th 
  • General Engineering: 6th
  • Health Professions: 15th
  • Law: 28th
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology: 17th
  • Social Policy & Administration: 18th

 The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

  • 43rd in the UK (overall)
  • 30th in the UK for Graduate Prospects
  • 31st in the UK for First/2:1s

Student experience – highlighted subject rankings

  • Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering: 30th
  • Biological Sciences: 27th
  • Building: 12th
  • Chemical Engineering: 14th
  • Chemistry: 16th
  • French: 9th
  • General Engineering: 12th
  • Iberian Studies: 21st
  • Law: 29th
  • Social Policy: 12th
  • Subjects Allied to Medicine: 5th

Complete University Guide 2021

  • 43rd in the UK (overall)
  • 31st for Good Honours degrees
  • 36th for Degree Completion
Global Rankings

QS World Rankings 2021

  • 511 - 520 in the world
  • Top 50 UK university in QS World Ranking
  • 256 in the world for Employer Reputation
  • 130 in the world for International Faculty
  • 384 in the world for International Students
Student Satisfaction

83.7% overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS)

2020 NSS – highlighted course performance

  • LLB Law with Management: 95.5%
  • BSc Biological Sciences: 94.7%
  • BSc English Language: 94.1%
  • BSc Business Computing and IT: 93.3%
  • BSc Human Resource Management: 93.3%
  • BSc Chemistry: 92.9%
  • BSc Biomedical Science: 92%
  • BSc Psychology and Sociology: 91.7%
  • BSc Business Management and Public Policy: 90.9%
  • BSc Optometry: 90.5%
  • MEng Chemical Engineering: 90.5%
  • BEng Biomedical Engineering: 90%
  • 31st in UK for Career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • Top 250 in the world (QS Graduate Employability World Rankings 2020)
  • 156th  in the world for Employer-Student Connections (QS Graduate Employability World Rankings 2020)
  • 167th in the world for Partnership with Employers (QS Graduate Employability World Rankings 2020)
  • 179th in the world for Employer Reputation (QS Graduate Employability World Rankings 2020)

Complete University Guide 2021: Graduate prospects – highlighted subjects performance:

  • Aural and Oral Sciences: 95%
  • Biological Sciences: 83%
  • Economics: 91%
  • General Engineering: 82%
  • Marketing: 82%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 80%
  • Ophthalmics: 97%
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy: 98%

Guardian University Guide 2021:Graduate level employment after 15 months – highlighted subject rankings

  • Accounting & Finance: 25th
  • Biosciences: 13th
  • Business, Management & Marketing: 20th
  • Chemical Engineering: 17th
  • Computer Science: 27th
  • Economics: 13th
  • English: 6th
  • Health Professions: 12th
  • Mathematics: 16th
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology: 26th
  • Politics: 24th
  • Psychology: 27th
  • Sociology: 17th

The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide: Graduate prospects – highlighted subject rankings

  • Accounting & Finance: 28th
  • Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering: 18th
  • Biological Sciences: 15th
  • Chemical Engineering: 20th
  • Economics: 9th
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 24th
  • English: 2nd 
  • General Engineering: 9th
  • Iberian Studies: 28th
  • Mathematics: 17th
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy: 29th
  • Politics: 25th
  • Psychology: 22nd
  • Social Policy: 14th
  • Sociology: 17th
  • Subjects Allied to Medicine: 7th
Subject Specific Rankings

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

  • Top 100 in the world for Business & Management Studies
  • Top 200 in the world for Accounting & Finance

Times Higher Education World Rankings by Subject 2020

  • Top 125 in the world for Business & Economics
  • Top 175 in the world for Psychology
  • Top 300 in the world for Social Sciences

Complete University Guide Rankings by Subject 2021

Top 30 ranked subjects:
  • Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering: 27th
  • Aural and Oral Sciences: 10th
  • Building: 20th
  • Chemical Engineering: 25th
  • Economics: 24th
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering: 24th
  • General Engineering: 22nd
  • German: 25th
  • Marketing: 13th
  • Ophthalmics: 7th
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy: 21st
  • Social Policy: 15th

Guardian University Guide Subject Rank 2021

Top 30 ranked subjects
  • Building and Town and Country Planning: 4th
  • Chemical Engineering: 12th
  • Economics: 23rd
  • Electrical Engineering: 3rd
  • General Engineering: 7th
  • Health Professions: 10th
  • Social Policy & Administration: 23rd

Sunday Times Subject Ranking 2021

Top 30 ranked subjects
  • Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering: 20th
  • Biological Sciences: 23rd
  • Building: 7th
  • Chemical Engineering: 21st
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 20th
  • General Engineering: 18th
  • Social Policy: 18th
  • Sociology: 28th
  • Subjects Allied to Medicine: 6th

Eduniversal Masters Rankings 2019

European Rankings

  • Accounting: 2nd in the UK, 15th in Europe
  • Business Analytics: 3rd in the UK, 9th in Europe
  • International Management: 3rd in the UK, 16th in Europe
  • Marketing: 3rd in the UK, 29th in Europe
  • MBA Full Time: 5th in the UK, 20th in Europe
  • Economics: 6th in the UK, 20th in Europe
  • Corporate Finance: 7th in the UK, 27th in Europe
  • General Management: 7th in the UK, 30th in Europe

World Rankings

  • Business Intelligence & Strategy: 1st in the UK, 13th in the world
  • Entrepreneurship: 3rd in the UK, 33rd in the world
  • Financial Markets: 3rd in the UK, 37th in the world
  • Supply Chain & Logistics: 4th in the UK, 44th in the world
  • 78% of research submitted evaluated as 'world leading' or 'internationally recognised' (REF 2014)
  • In the category of Allied Health, 94% of our research is World Leading or Internationally Excellent (3*/4*) (REF 2014)
Learning and Teaching
  • Awarded GOLD for Teaching Excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017)
  • 11th in the UK for Continuation (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 31st in the UK for students achieving 1st and 2:1 Degree Classifications (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 24th in the UK and 75th  in the World for International Outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)
  • 9th out of 154 UK Universities and Colleges (People and Planet University League 2019)