Aston University Scholarships 2016

Aston is a place where everyone can succeed and excel

We encourage, incentivise and reward excellence with scholarships to encourage the best students from the UK and abroad to join our diverse and high achieving international learning community.

The Aston Excellence Scholarship

The Aston Excellence Scholarship, part of the Aston University 50th Anniversary Taught Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, will be available to postgraduate students from territories including the below. The award is for a total of £5,000, deducted from tuition fees.

India, Nigeria, Vietnam, Thailand, China*, Latin America, The USA, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Iran.

FAQs and full details of the Aston University 50th Anniversary Taught Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme are available here.

*Chinese students who have taken a UK undergraduate degree.

The Aston Merit Scholarship is automatically awarded to postgraduate students from India, Nigeria, Vietnam, Thailand, Latin America, Japan, Turkey, Indonesia and the USA who achieve a UK degree classification of 2:1 or a local equivalent.

Chinese students graduating from UK universities will also be eligible.

No separate scholarship application will be necessary - any student who accepts a place and achieves an appropriate grade will be awarded a scholarship of £2,500 to £3,000.

The Automatic Merit Scholarship, part of the Aston University 50th Anniversary Taught Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, has full terms and conditions found here. 

The Su Youn Yoo Scholarship 

Aston Business School alumna (MSc Marketing Management 2001) Su Youn Yoo has established a £3,000 scholarship in her name to support students from South Korea studying at Aston University. 

Having graduated from Aston University, Su Youn Yoo established her own business, U-Star English Institute (www.u-star.co.kr), teaching English to students and business professionals. She is the CEO of this highly successful company and has also works as a radio show host for Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS).


To be considered for the Su Youn Yoo scholarship, applicants must:

  • be considered full overseas fee payers and nationals of South Korea who are coming directly from South Korea to study at Aston University 
  • have applied either directly or via one of our representatives in South Korea for any postgraduate taught programme of study at Aston University 
  • agree to work with Aston University’s International Office to share with future students their experiences of their time at Aston and to assist with the promotion of Aston University’s programmes where requested

 How to Apply:

If you are interested in being considered for the scholarship, you should write a short essay of no less than 500 words explaining why you should be awarded the Su Youn Yoo Scholarship and why you wish to pursue postgraduate study at Aston University and submit by the deadline of 29th July 2016.

Please send your scholarship application to IntScholarships@aston.ac.uk with the subject title ‘Su Youn Yoo Scholarship 2016’, including your full name, contact details, the name of the programme that you have applied to and your application reference number.

Terms and Conditions: 

There is one scholarship available worth £3,000 The scholarship will take the form of a reduction in tuition fees.  No cash alternative is available.

The closing date for applications for the 2016/17 academic year will be 5pm (UK Time) on Monday July 29th 2015.  The successful applicant will be notified by email within two weeks of the closing date. 

The decision of the panel is final. No further discussion will be entered into and there is no right of appeal.

Santander and Aston University Masters Scholarship 2016

In May 2012, Aston University signed an agreement with Banco Santander to support a number of projects, including international mobility of students. The International Office is pleased to announce that two £5,000 scholarships are available for successful applicants entering any postgraduate full-time taught Masters programmes (including the MBA programme) at Aston University.

To be considered for the scholarship:

  • Applicants must be a national of one of the following countries:



El Salvador



Costa Rica








Dominican Republic








Puerto Rico







  • If the applicant is currently completing their undergraduate Bachelors degree in another country (for example: UK, Canada, Australia), this scholarship is still open, provided the applicant is a national of, and is ordinarily resident in, one of the above named countries and is a full overseas fee payer.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have graduated or will be graduating from one of the partner universities within the Santander Universities network.
  • Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for a postgraduate full-time taught Masters programme commencing at Aston University in September 2016.
  • Applicants must hold a strong academic record, having been awarded or expected to complete with the equivalent of:
    • A minimum 2.1 / Upper Second classification in their undergraduate Bachelors degree in the UK.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) in their undergraduate Bachelors degree from a overseas institution.
  • Applicants with an existing UK postgraduate qualification will not be eligible.
  • Applicants must also submit the following:
    • An application in the form of a 500 word essay outlining why they would benefit from the scholarship and the difference it would make to them as well as why they would be a suitable person to work with the International Office to share their experiences at the University and help promote Aston to future students.
    • Scanned copy of your passport showing your nationality.
  • Applicants must not be in receipt of a full fee scholarship from any other source. However, applicants may be eligible to apply for another partial tuition fee scholarship offered by Aston University.
  • Applicants must be deemed self-financing non-EU full overseas fee payers

Terms and conditions:

The successful scholars will be required to sign an agreement with the Aston University International Office to share their experiences of application, arrival, studying at Aston, lecturers and lectures, and student life. They will work with the International Office to provide information which can be used for promotional purposes, as well as regularly update a blog, which has to be created from the beginning of an academic year at Aston. The work will be used across the University including the School of study and the Development & Alumni Relations Office.

Application deadline:

The closing date for scholarship applications will be Friday, 29th July 2016 and the decision of the panel will be final. The successful scholar will be notified within 2 weeks of the closing date. Applications to be sent to IntScholarships@aston.ac.uk with the subject title ‘Santander Masters Scholarships 2016'.

For further information about the PhD Studentships offered by Aston University please click here.

Aston Business School Scholarship Award Scheme 2016

The Aston Business School is pleased to announce several scholarships of £1,000 each in value for each academic year of undergraduate studies and £500 for the placement year.

Scholarships are available to international students entering one of the full-time BSc programmes in 2016/7 detailed below. Scholarships are awarded competitively to help with the cost of tuition fees.

A complete list of the qualifying programmes can be found here.

(Please note that the International Foundation Year does not qualify).

How to apply

Applications can be made online here, please make sure to read the full terms and conditions before submitting your application.

EU Scholarships at Aston Business School

Aston University is pleased to offer 15 scholarships within the Aston Business School.  Such scholarships will be made available to students from the European Union undertaking one of Aston Business Schools’ full-time MSc programmes in 2016/17.  A list of qualifying programmes can be found here.

Terms and Conditions:

1. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who are students from the European Union, self-funded, hold a current offer from the University on one of Aston Business Schools’ full-time MSc programmes, and who have achieved the equivalent of a UK 2:1 degree or above.

2. Aston Business School will determine who a scholarship should be awarded to taking into account grades, academic achievement and where necessary references.  The decision will be final. Reasons for being unsuccessful will not be provided.  There is no right of appeal. 

3. Scholarships will be awarded up to the value of £2,000 to support the one year programmes.  

4. The scholarship will be awarded as a reduction in academic study fees.  No cash alternative is available.

5. All scholars will be subject to the University’s rules and regulations applicable to the programme.

6. All scholars consent to the University using certain data to share with other University departments or for marketing activities.  Student personal details such as address and telephone numbers will not be used without obtaining prior consent.

7. The University reserves the right to terminate a scholarship where a student is in breach of any of these terms and conditions, if progress is unsatisfactory or in the event of unauthorised absence for a period of time.

Our MBA scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with the Aston MBA. 

For 2016/17 we will have a variety of scholarship awards available, up to a total of £6,000.
Details to follow.

Aston Alumni Bursaries

A bursary of 20% of the full fee for all those who completed their first degree at Aston University is available. Please note this bursary will not be awarded to students who gain an Aston Business School Scholarship, in this event only the highest scholarship or bursary will be awarded only. 

Aston University

Yeoh Tiong Lay PhD Studentship (Full-Time)

 Ethical Business Leadership and

Ethical Business Leadership Development in Malaysia

 This scholarship has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Aston University Honorary Graduates, Dato Yeoh Seok Hong and Datin Kathleen Chew Wai Lin.

 Ethical leadership plays a key role in assuring business success and sustainability. While there is now an emerging body of research exploring the nature of ethical business leadership, and confirming the positive impact of ethical business leadership for a range of important performance (financial, societal and sustainability) and employee (integrity, commitment and citizenship) outcomes, this is still in its relative infancy and, to date, has a largely US bias. As such, more scholars and more research, working in different organizational and national contexts, such as Malaysia and UK, are needed to further investigate these issues. Importantly, this research also needs to examine how organizations may effectively develop the ethical leaders of tomorrow, a question that, up until now, has been largely overlooked by existing research.   

For more information see Aston in Malaysia

For further information about the PhD Studentships offered by Aston University please click here.

Aston Alumni Bursary

Did you know that if you are an Aston Graduate, you are entitled to a bursary which is a discount on the MSc fees?
UK and EU students receive a 20% discount, so your MSc programme fees could now start at just £4,480 for a full 12 month programme.
International Aston Graduates - stay with Aston to do your MSc and receive a 20% discount on your international tuition fees.

For further information about the PhD Studentships offered by Aston University please click here.

LSS Excellence Bursary

Available for all Aston LSS students who hold a First Class Aston undergraduate degree, the LSS Excellence Bursary provides an additional 5% discount on your Masters Tuition Fees which complements the existing 20% Aston Graduate Discount. In total, the LSS Excellence Bursary and the Aston Graduate Discount amount to 25% off your Masters Tuition Fees reflecting our commitment to support the top undergraduate students in the School of Languages and Social Sciences.

If you have any queries contact: lss_pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Ferguson Foundation Scholarship

The School of Life & Health Sciences is offering 7 scholarships to students from Africa and South America. Scholarships are supported by the Ferguson Foundation which is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to consider study in the UK.

The scholarships are available to students applying to on campus programmes offered in the School of Life & Health Sciences.

The Ferguson Scholarships apply to the following programmes:

  • MSc in Biomedical Sciences

  • MSc Molecular Biotechnology

  • MSc Health & Disease

  • MSc Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

  • MSc in Drug Delivery

  • MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • MSc in Pharmacokinetics

  • MSc in Pharmacology

  • MSc in Health Psychology

  • MSc in Cognitive Neurosciences

 If successful, you will have to contribute £3,000 (approx) towards your MSc tuition fees. Please note you will be required to provide evidence to the UKBA that you have the £3,000 plus living costs.

How to apply

Please note:

The deadline for applications to the scholarship is 18th March 2016; therefore you must submit an application for one of the above programmes prior to this date. We take two weeks to process applications.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must:

Be a National from an African or South American country and submit a concise 1,000-1,500 word essay explaining how you and your home country will benefit from the skills and knowledge you will acquire in the MSc course you have applied for.

You must be in receipt of an offer for one of the above programmes prior to applying for the scholarship.

Please then email the essay to lhspgt@aston.ac.uk and include your full name and student number.

All overseas fee paying LHS PGT students can claim a £2,500 discount on tuition by achieving the equivalent of a UK 2:1 degree. Full terms and conditions, and FAQs here.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship

The projects are available to students meeting the University and School academic entry requirements and scholarships for international students will be awarded competitively on merit.

There at a total of 10 scholarships for international students which will cover payment of £7,000 per year towards tuition fees against the international programme fee.

PLEASE NOTE: These Overseas PhD Scholarships of £7,000 a year are offset against the international tuition fees of £14,480 a year.


  • Applicants should have or expect a good Bachelor (Hons.) Degree (either first class or upper second class) or hold an MSc in a relevant discipline and the appropriate English Language qualifications.

  • The English Language requirements are a minimum overall score of 101 (with minimum marks in each sections of: R: 23, W: 26, L: 23 and S: 22) in TOEFL (Internet-Based) OR IELTS with minimum marks of 6.5 in each section and an minimum overall band of 7.0 OR Pearson with minimum marks of 63 in each section and an minimum overall score of 72.
  • The Scholarships are for 3 years, subject to a satisfactory progress review at the end of the first year, and are being considered for April 2015 and July 2015 registrations.

(Although now closed for January 2015 registrations, applications are being considered for April 2015 registrations.)

Project Details

Projects are available in Research Groups allied to: Biology, Pharmacy, Optometry and Psychology.

Projects can be viewed by research topic and research supervisor here OR You may also contact our researchers directly with your own relevant research proposals.


To apply please complete the online application form Here

For informal inquiries, please contact the Research Admissions, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET.

E-mail: Julie Taylor via lhs_prgphd_enq@aston.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)121 204 4019.

Closing Date: For April 2015 and July 2015 closing dates, please contact Julie Taylor on the above details.

 For further information about the PhD Studentships offered by Aston University please click here.

LHS Alumni Bursary - 20% tuition fee discount

An automatic 20% discount will be granted to Aston alumni who apply for one the Graduate Diploma or MSc taught programmes in LHS for 2015/16 entry (excluding MSc in Pharmacy Practice for Overseas Pharmacists) 


  •   The discount is available to home/EU and International students who are self-funded.

  •   The discount will be applied to students who successfully complete a Degree, Graduate Diploma or separate Postgraduate Diploma at Aston University and who meet the entry qualifications for the programme.

  •   Students must apply within five years of completion of the first award.

The 20% discount will be automatically applied to the tuition fee of those who meet the terms and conditions of the LHS Alumni Bursary. 

 Further external scholarships can be found here.

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