We’re part of an elite group of global business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. 

We are one of the UK’s leading Business Schools for support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and helped to launch the national Help to Grow: Management programme. 

Our staff pioneer innovative teaching methods to make your learning experience more rewarding, with many responsible for writing the key textbooks in their field.

Our students experience real-life business through projects, placements and in-house business clinics. The Aston Global Advantage postgraduate professional development programme focuses on more elusive social and personal aspects of business as well as offering opportunities to work or study abroad.

We hold the Athena Swan Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for our staff and students.

Our departments and research centres work together to further our understanding of key business disciplines and issues, with a focus on innovation and impact. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 77% of our research outputs were rated world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

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We have been shortlisted for Business School of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2023.  

The shortlist recognises the acheivements of the Centre for Growth in supporting the development of the regional economy by working intensively with high-potential entrepreneurs and SMEs – strengthening leadership and management skills and boosting productivity. 

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Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Aston Business School will be a global leader for practice-led teaching and impactful research aimed at benefiting students, professions, for-profit and social enterprises and regional and national society. We are committed to doing this in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Our Mission

Our goal is to enhance enterprise and enterprises. We develop individuals to perform better within enterprises and the professions and to create successful new ventures. We support business leaders in enhancing their organisations’ performance and growth. We advise policy-makers on ways to improve society and the economy. Our impactful research creates new knowledge and skills that further these aspirations.
Our History

From our early days as part of Birmingham Municipal Technical School in the 1890s, to our first MBAs being awarded in the 1970s, MScs in the 1990s, our iconic new building in 2006, and triple-accreditation in 2015, we’ve certainly made our mark on the business education landscape. 

Learn how we’ve become pioneers and global leaders.


Our accreditations include:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • CFA Institute University Affiliation programme
  • Small Business Charter
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

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Rankings and Awards

Our accolades include:

Athena Swam Bronze Award
We have been awarded the Athena Swan Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for our staff and students.

Top 100 in the world: The Economist Which MBA 2021
The Aston MBA has been ranked in the top 100 in the world by The Economist Which MBA 2021 ranking.  The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK, and 85th in the world (Jan 2021).

FT Top 100 European Business School
Awarded in recognition of Aston’s 'strategic' and 'inclusive' cross-institutional approach to supporting businesses, the West Midlands region and student entrepreneurship.

CEO Magazine: Tier One Status
The Aston full-time MBA programme has maintained its maximum Tier One status in the 2020 Global MBA rankings.

Times Higher Education THE Awards 2020: Outstanding Entrepreneurial University
Aston University awarded Outstanding Entrepreneurial University (awarded Nov 2020).

The Guardian:  University of the Year 2020
Aston University awarded: University of the Year by The Guardian (awarded Nov 2020).

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QS Online  MBA World Rankings 2021
The Aston University Online MBA has been ranked in the global top 30 by the, moving up two places to 26th in the world.

Eduniversal Rankings 2021
Aston University’s MSc Strategy and International Business ranked 1st in the UK
Aston University’s MSc Business Analytics ranked 2nd in the UK in the data analytics category.
MSc Entrepreneurship ranked 3rd in the UK in the Entrepreneurship category.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021
Aston University has been ranked in the top 100 in the world for Business Administration subjects.


We follow the University’s approach to strategy, which is structured around the needs of our key beneficiaries – students; businesses and the professions; and our region and society. Over the next five years, we will focus on four strategic areas of distinctiveness which will inform our decision-making and drive our key activities. 

Read the full strategy document.