A welcoming and multi-cultural learning experience for more than 10,000 students.

Aston is a friendly and diverse learning environment, home to a close-knit international campus community.

We have 2,500 international students from over 130 countries studying a wide range of subjects in our safe and friendly city centre campus.

Applications from Malaysians are especially welcome, with postgraduate taught scholarships of between £2,500 and £5,000 available. Please see below.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Aston Business School Scholarship Award Scheme 2017

Aston Business School applicants can apply for an undergraduate scholarship award of £3,500. See more here.

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

Aston Excellence - £3,500-£5,000

Aston University is pleased to offer Postgraduate Scholarships worth up to £5000 each to students holding exceptional results.

Full terms and conditions and eligibility criteria can be found here.

MBA Scholarships

Future Leader / Entrepreneur Scholarship

The Future Leader / Entrepreneur Scholarship of £10,000 will be awarded to students who can demonstrate leadership / entrepreneurial qualities and experience to date in their career and how this will contribute to the Aston MBA programme.

Open to UK, EU and International students wishing to study the Full Time Aston MBA

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The Aston Excellence Scholarship (MBA)

The Aston Excellence scholarship of up to £6000 will be awarded to students who can demonstrate outstanding academic, professional and personal achievements along with the passion to become an ambassador for the Aston MBA.

Open to UK, EU and International students wishing to study the Full Time Aston MBA.

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The Aston Excellence Scholarship (MBA Online)

The Aston Excellence scholarship of £5000 will be awarded to students who can demonstrate outstanding academic, professional and personal achievements along with the passion to become an ambassador for the Aston MBA.

Open to UK, EU and International students wishing to study the Online Aston MBA.

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Partner Awards

Students studying at Aston University partner institutions are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition fees. See here for more information.

Alumni Bursary

Aston Alumni qualify for an automatic 20% discount on tuition fees.

External Funding

Students may be eligible for funding provided by our partners and external sources of funding. Information can be found here.

Chevening Scholarship

Aston University is proud to support the Chevening scholarship programme. Chevening scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.

Chevening Awards are an important element in Britain’s public diplomacy effort and bring professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in the UK. The objective of Chevening is to support foreign policy priorities and achieve FCO objectives by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers.

See more information here.

Postgraduate Research

We have many studentships and funded research opportunities available, including a scheme to launch 50 Prize Fellowships and Prize Studentships in celebration of our 50th year. For more information see here.

Yeoh Tiong Lay PhD Scholarship (Full-Time) in Ethical Business Leadership and Ethical Business Leadership Development

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

The Yeoh Tiong Lay PhD Studentship invites prospective Malaysian students to submit a research proposal in the areas of ethical leadership and/or ethical leadership development that extends our current knowledge and understanding of these issues within a Malaysian business context. Proposals that effectively integrate related fields and theory (e.g. ethical leadership, cross-cultural leadership, and organizational justice) in new and interesting ways will be viewed particularly positive. While we encourage proposals that involve all research methods (quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods), a significant quantitative component to proposals is required.    

Ideally, we are looking for applications from individuals with an MSc in OB, Work and Organizational Psychology, or HRM (or a related discipline) at merit or distinction level, or an equivalent qualification. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Jonathan Crawshaw (j.r.crawshaw2@aston.ac.uk) or Dr Yves Guillaume (y.r.f.guillaume2@aston.ac.uk).

The Award/Financial Support:

For 3 years, the successful student will receive an annual £30,000 grant (total £90,000). This will cover the student’s annual fees (full fee waiver), accommodation and living costs, and any research related costs (e.g. conference attendance, attendance at external training courses, and ad hoc data collection costs). Students will be expected to be based on campus at Aston University in the UK.

Selection Process

Selection will be based on the evaluation of a completed Online Application Form and a detailed Research Proposal (5000 words max) submitted by candidates as well as two academic reference letters. The Research Proposal should:

 1.     State clearly the aims and objectives of your research.

2.     State clearly the proposed gaps in currently academic knowledge and the contributions this new research would make.

3.     Outline the practical benefits of this research for key organizational stakeholders, i.e. employees, managers, and/or the organization.

4.     Provide a critical review of the current (relevant) academic literature that informs your research aims/objectives.

5.     Develop a model including possible hypotheses and/or research questions

6.     Provide a methodology that outlines your proposed research strategy and design and data collection methods and sample including a plan how access to collecting data will be secured, data analyzed, and a timetable specifying when each of these stages will be completed

7.     Present a complete reference list.  

Application Requirements:

          Eligible applicants should hold at least a Bachelor (Hons.) Degree of either First Class or Upper Second Class, and hold a Master’s Degree (MSc/MRes) with both 65% in both taught and dissertation elements, in a relevant Business Management discipline. However, we particularly encourage applications from those with a background and current interest in the fields of HRM, Organisational Behaviour, and/or Work / Organisational Psychology.


·         Malaysian applicants will need to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English Language skills, with a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score in each section of R and W of 6.5 and L and S of 6.0)

·         The successful candidate will be able to show they are curious, open minded, and creative, demonstrate an organized, conscientious and autonomous working style, and show the potential to communicate effectively with both a business and academic audience. They should also be a critical and practical problem solver. 

·         Excellent research acumen and skills in writing and presentation for a variety of audiences, both professional and lay are also essential.

·         A strong background in quantitative research methods and advanced statistics (e.g., EFA, CFA, mediation, moderation in SPSS, AMOS or MPlus or related software packages) alongside basic knowledge in qualitative research methods is desirable (but by no means a criteria for exclusion).

·         The Studentship is fully funded for 3 years, subject to a satisfactory progress review at the end of the first and second year.  Submission within 4 years is required, with registration fees paid for the fourth year if required. The anticipated registration/start date is October 2016.

How to Apply

Complete the on-line application form at http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/ quoting the reference ‘YEOH2016’ on all applications. Attach to the application your Research Proposal and, where relevant, a written sample of your previous research work (for example your Masters Dissertation or Project).

The Closing Date for Applications is: June 30th 2016

Malaysian students have been studying at Aston for many years and each year we welcome many more new students. We currently have 26 Malaysian students studying at Aston University.

Academic staff regularly visit Malaysia to work with our partner institutions and to take part in international conferences. 

A list of all of our partner institutions can be found here.

There is a very active Malaysian community at Aston. There are a number of societies on campus which bring together students from similar religious backgrounds. Here you can find out more about societies at Aston.  

Birmingham is a multi-cultural city and there is a strong South East Asian community. You'll find South East Asian restaurants and supermarkets and more in the city.

Meet us in Malaysia

Staff from the International Office visit Malaysia several times per year to take part in British Council Education UK Exhibitions, visit schools and colleges and to meet with students through our official representative offices.

Upcoming visits 

Forthcoming dates and locations can be found here

We will guarantee International Students on campus accommodation for the duration of their studies (subject to meeting our application deadline).

Our en-suite, on-campus, city centre apartments offer the perfect opportunity to integrate into out learning community and settle in Birmingham and England.

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At undergraduate level the most popular courses with Malaysian students include: BSc Logistics, Pharmacy (MPharm), and BSc Optometry.
Find out more about all our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate taught

At postgraduate level the most popular taught programme choices with Malaysian students include: MSc Supply Chain ManagementThe Aston MBA, and MSc in Forensic Linguistics.
Find out more about all our postgraduate taught courses.

Postgraduate research 

We also have 12 Malaysian students on research degrees working with some of Aston's key research groups.  
Find out more about research degrees at Aston.

Preparatory English
Students  who do not meet the English language requirement for their academic course can apply to study on our Preparatory English Programmes.


There are a number of Aston University scholarships available for international students. 
You can also have a look to the list of external funding providers.


See our full list of our course fees.


Students with STPM may be considered for year 1 entry. STPM is considered equivalent to A levels on a grade for grade basis. Some degree programmes, such as engineering, sciences and languages, require specific subject backgrounds.

We also accept students presenting with strong grades in other international secondary school qualifications - for example, from Australia and Canada.

If you have a diploma from a recognised Malaysian institution, you may be considered for direct admission to the second year of undergraduate programmes. You will have achieved a minimum grade B average in the Diploma to be considered.  Relevant subjects must have been covered in the diploma.

You should have a minimum of 5C in the Cambridge English Language syllabus 1119 (SPM 1119) exam. If you cannot show that you have obtained this grade in English, then you can provide us with an IELTS or TOEFL qualification. Please see standard English language requirements

Postgraduate – Taught

You can apply for a 1 year masters programme with a good undergraduate degree from a recognised Malaysian University. The specific requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Malaysian university from which you have graduated.

If you are applying for finance, engineering, science or social science based subjects; you must have studied a similar field in your undergraduate degree.  There are a number of programmes in business and management which are appropriate for students from any subject background. 

English language requirements for taught postgraduate programmes. 

Postgraduate - MBA 

You can apply for the MBA programme with a recognised undergraduate degree, in any subject area, and a minimum of three years post graduation managerial / professional work experience. You should have a good undergraduate degree from a recognised Malaysian University to be considered for admission.

English language requirements for MBA.  

Postgraduate - Research 

You can apply for a research degree programme with a Master’s degree in a relevant subject from a recognised Malaysian University. The specific requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Malaysian university from which you have graduated.

Each of Aston's Schools of Study has a number of research groups with the potential to host PhD students. Research specialisms include finance, economics, marketing, organisational psychology, bioenergy, knowledge engineering, photonics, languages, biomedical sciences, neurosciences, health sciences and more. 

You have to submit a detailed research proposal outlining your intended research topic, its objectives, proposed method of research and an indication of how the proposed research topic relates to previous work by other researchers. Find out more on Aston's Postgraduate research pages

English language requirements for postgraduate research programmes. 

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