The following guidance notes will aid you in completing the online application form. We advise keeping this page open while you apply as a useful point of reference.
When progressing through the application form please use the hyperlinks/buttons at the bottom of each page and not your web browser back and forward buttons.
Existing Aston Students: Please note: You will need to Create a New Account to start a new application please do not log in with your student username and password. When creating your new account please ensure that you provide us with a valid and accurate email address as most of the correspondence from Aston will be sent via email. You will be automatically logged in after this and be able to start your application immediately. You can elect to ‘Save and Return Later’ at any point of the process, at which point you will be emailed details on how to return to your application later.
If the correspondence address given is temporary, please ensure that you notify the relevant Admissions Office of any changes.
International applicants - Applying through an Agent If you are an international student applying through an agent, please download and print this form (Word). Both you and your agent will need to sign it. Once complete, scan the form in and and upload it to your online application. If you don't have access to a scanner, please post the completed form to: Jessica Wood International Office - MarketingSouth-wingAston UniversityBirminghamB4 7ETUK Disability/Additional Support Needs This section is included for the purposes of monitoring equal opportunities and to ensure that students with a disability know about and have access to appropriate facilities and services. Applications are judged solely on academic merit. The university is committed to equal opportunities in its admissions policy and considers applications from candidates with disabilities on the same academic grounds as apply to all candidates. Find out more information about the facilities and support available on our website, or alternatively contact:The Disability TeamAston UniversityAston TriangleBirmingham B4 7ETUK Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4711E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If appropriate, please choose the code most relevant to you from the drop down menu, when completing the online application form. Please also give any details of any special requirements or additional support needs you might have. Educational Details Please include all qualifications obtained or anticipated (post compulsory education only).
Please note that the authenticity of your qualifications will be checked by Aston with the awarding institution/examination board and that submission of fraudulent documents will disqualify you from studying in the UK. Professional Qualifications Please enter any professional qualifications received or memberships of professional institutions that are relevant to your application e.g. the Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma or any other non-academic qualification e.g. GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test). English All applicants are required to provide evidence of their ability in English. The minimum English language requirement varies between schools - please refer to the Postgraduate prospectus for the individual programme requirements. These usually include: GCSE / ‘O’ Level English language, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE) or TOEFL, although there are other acceptable qualifications. Please note that IELTS and TOEFL results are only valid for 2 years. Applicants who have already successfully completed, or are successfully completing, a full time university degree in the UK and other English-speaking countries may be exempt from these requirements. Applicants with less than the minimum English Language requirement may be rejected or asked to retake the relevant examinations. Alternatively, they may need to successfully complete one of the English language courses at Aston University before starting their programme of study. Applicants will be notified at the point of offer of any such conditions. Relevant Work Experience Please include any relevant work experience to support your application by ticking the box and completing all the mandatory fields. Please note that relevant work experience is a requirement for some programmes; please refer to the programme listed in the prospectus or the website for further information. Finance Details Please provide as much information as possible about how you will be funding your postgraduate studies. If you have been awarded a grant/scholarship for all or part of your costs please send us a copy of the letter of the award you have received from the grant-awarding body. This can be uploaded at the beginning of your application. Tuition Fees Different levels of tuition fees apply to UK/EU students and non-EU international students. Fees also vary depending on the programme of study. Please see the Postgraduate Prospectus and website for further information. In addition to your tuition fees, you must also have funding for your living expenses – typically GBP £650 - GBP £850 per month (depending on type of accommodation). Personal Statement You are required to complete a personal statement. The statement should add any further information which you think is relevant to your application e.g. personal suitability for research, career aspirations, possible future research interests, further description of relevant employment experience etc. Also include information about your leisure activities and interests.
Please do not include symbols in your text as the system may not recognise them. References You must provide two official references. Members of your family or friends cannot provide references. At least one of your referees should be from the institution where you studied your last University degree. For Research Applicants: If you have completed your first Degree at a different University to your Masters Degree please provide a reference from both Institutions. References must be provided on headed-paper and/or stamped by the institution and must be signed by the referee. If you choose to enter an email address for either of your referees they will be automatically e-mailed to ask them to provide you with a reference if the ‘Email this referee on application submission?’ box is ticked. The referee’s email address must originate from the referee’s official university/professional e-mail address. Private e-mail references will not be accepted. The referees will receive full instructions on how to complete the references and where to send once they have completed the reference. PLEASE NOTE: If you apply for more than one course at Aston but are using the same referee you do not need to tick the ‘Email this referee on application submission?’ box, for your second or any subsequent applications. Those applicants who have chosen not to have their referees automatically emailed will need to contact the relevant Admissions Office for more information on manually sending the references for your application. Please include the Application Reference Number, emailed to you separately, on all correspondence.
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Additional advice for international students If you are a non-EU student and require a student visa to come to the UK, you must also allow sufficient time to submit your visa application form to your local British Embassy/High Commission.
If you are applying as a non-EU International student, you should note that the terms and conditions of entry into the UK usually prevent you registering for a part-time programme. For more information, please refer to www.ukvisas.gov.uk or www.ukcisa.org.uk.