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Research degrees FAQs

How do I apply? // What are the entry requirements?

Do I need an English Language Qualification? // Can I apply for campus accommodation?

Does the course have a Spring/January start date? // Are there any scholarships?

Can I study part-time? // Can I work while I am studying?

What are the fees for postgraduate courses? // Am I a UK/EU or International student?

Is there a deadline for applications? // What do I have to provide to support my application?

What do I do if my qualifications are not from a UK institution?

Can I take a pre-sessional English course to bring my IELTS/TOEFL score up to the entry requirement standard?

Can I apply before I have completed my degree or taken my IELTS test?

What happens to my application once it has been received?


 

How do I apply?

Postgraduate and research application forms can be downloaded from our website.

What are the entry requirements?

Postgraduate research normally requires a minimum of 2:1 UK Honours degree in a related subject, or an equivalent international qualification.

Do I need an English Language Qualification?

All Aston students need an English Language qualification regardless of medium of instruction.
UK students will be expected to have GCSE English at grade C or above.
See below for more information on English language requirements for non-UK students:

All students require a recognised English language qualification such as

  • GCSE/‘O’ Level English (Grade C)
  • Indian CBSE/ICSE Std 12th English (70%+)
  • WAEC SSCE English (Grade C or better)
  • IELTS 6.0 overall (for undergraduate)
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (for postgraduate)
  • TOEFL 213 (CBT) / 550 (PBT) (for undergraduate)
  • TOEFL 250 (CBT) / 600 (PBT) (for postgraduate)

Please note that IELTS and TOEFL results more than 2 years old will not be accepted.

Can I apply for campus accommodation?

Yes, postgraduate students can apply for campus accommodation.
International students are guaranteed a place on campus as long as the accommodation application has been received in time.

Does the course have a Spring/January start date?

The majority of research programmes start in October, although research students may also enrol in January, April or July.

Are there any scholarships?

Aston University offers a limited range of scholarships and bursaries for UK/EU and international students, but these vary by programme. For further details click here.

Can I study part-time? 

Research programmes can be taken on a full or part time basis.
International student visa requirements state that students must be on a full time course.

Can I work while I am studying?

Yes, although the university does not recommend that students work more than 15 hours per week, as it would interfere with studies. In practice, we notice student performance falls off with as little as 8 hours per week. University deadlines must come first. Work cannot be used as an excuse for failure. You must not rely on work to earn enough money to finance your studies.

What are the fees for postgraduate courses?

The fees for postgraduate students vary depending on the programme taken, and whether
you are a UK/EU or international student. If you are an international student, please click here for details. Fees for UK/EU students will be confirmed towards the end of January 2008, please contact the relevant school for further details (contact details below).

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Postgraduate Research Team
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3668
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 3676
Email: seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk

Am I a UK/EU or International student?

If you are uncertain whether you are a UK/EU or an international student please click here for our self-assessment guide.

Is there a deadline for applications?

We operate an on-going admissions system, so you can apply at any time. However, as places on each programme are limited, we recommend you apply as early as possible. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa to study in the UK, be aware that a visa can take weeks to obtain and you must factor this into your application timetable.

What do I have to provide to support my application?

  • A completed application form

  • Certified copies of your official academic transcripts and certificates

  • Two signed recommendations from referees on headed notepaper

  • Proof of your English language qualification

What do I do if my qualifications are not from a UK institution?

Your certificates and transcripts must be official copies showing an official signature/stamp of the institution. If your qualifications are not in English, you must attach a certified English translation to the original document.

Can I take a pre-sessional English course to bring my IELTS/TOEFL score up to the entry requirement standard?

Yes, Aston University runs 6 week, 10 week and 15 week pre-sessional courses. Please note that minimum IELTS/TOEFL qualifications are required in order to take part. Details of the courses and entry requirements can be found here.

Can I apply before I have completed my degree or taken my IELTS test?

You can apply before you have completed your degree, but you must provide transcripts of the marks you have already achieved with your application. You can also apply before taking the IELTS test, but note that any offer made to you will only be conditional until you have achieved the degree and IELTS results we require from you.

What happens to my application once it has been received?

We will contact you to confirm receipt of your application and provide you with your applicant number which must be quoted in all further correspondence. If you have provided all the relevant documents with your application form, your application will be considered by the Admissions Officer as soon as possible and you will be informed of the decision. Please note that incomplete paperwork will delay the decision on your application.

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