Our research goes beyond mere academic pursuits.

We tackle real-world problems to deliver practical solutions that resonate with organisations, policymakers, and stakeholders. Our research leaves a tangible, positive impact on society, culture, public policy, health and the environment.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 rated 79% of Aston University research as ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). Furthermore, 74% of the impact generated by our research has been recognised as "very considerable" or "outstanding" in terms of its reach and significance.

Join us and become part of a legacy of transformative research shaping the future. 



I enjoyed organising and attending the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference, which is a great opportunity for PGRs to gain experience in presenting their research in a friendly and constructive environment - Dr Amy Booth, PhD student, Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (2020-2023)


World-Class Research Environment

At Aston University, innovation thrives in a vibrant research culture and environment. Our research centres and institutes are at the forefront of major discoveries, pushing knowledge boundaries. 





Expert Supervision 

Gain access to a diverse community of experienced and renowned researchers. Our experienced supervisors provide invaluable guidance throughout your research journey.

Cutting-Edge Facilities

Our state-of-the-art labs, equipment, libraries, and digital resources provide the tools to transform your ideas into reality. 


Interdisciplinary Approach

We promote collaboration across disciplines, unlocking true innovation and research quality. This allows you to work across fields and explore new perspectives. Read more here about our interdisciplinary research shaping the future for better treatment of epilepsy and schizophrenia

Industry Connections

Our strong links to industry and business offer unique research opportunities with real-world impact. We collaborate with leading organisations and companies, providing you with access to industry expertise, funding opportunities, and potential pathways to commercialise your research. From networking events to research seminars and conferences, we provide ample opportunities for you to network to engage with fellow researchers and build lifelong connections.

Supportive Community

Join a warm community of global researchers. We provide opportunities for you to network through formal and informal academic and social events so you feel valued, connected and engaged throughout your time with us. Many of these events are jointly organised through the Aston Postgraduate Research Society

By studying at Aston University, you become part of an inclusive community that celebrates different perspectives and experiences within a rich learning environment. Read our PhD testimonials here

Professional Development

We understand that pursuing a research degree is not only about the research itself but also about your personal and professional development. Our comprehensive researcher development programme is designed to enhance your research skills, foster critical thinking, and prepare you for a successful career in academia or industry.  

Part of the Birmingham Knowledge Quarter

We are situated in the heart of Birmingham, one of the UK's most dynamic and diverse cities. In 2023 we formed a partnership with Birmingham City Council and Bruntwood SciTech, the UK’s leading property provider dedicated to the growth of the science and technology sector, to develop a new world-class innovation cluster within the Birmingham Knowledge Quarter (B-IQ). 

B-IQ is expected to become an internationally renowned tech and health innovation hub. Read more here