Starting your postgraduate course in September
Everything you need to know
Our teaching plans for September are dependent on the progress of the UK Government road map, which proposes a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions. We hope to be able to offer a return to a more traditional learning and teaching experience. At the same time, our current students have provided us with feedback which shows certain elements of our blended learning approach have been valuable and we wish to incorporate as much of this best practice as possible to provide students with maximum flexibility.
Our intention is to gradually introduce more on-campus teaching and support as social distancing rules are relaxed/removed and it is safe to do so. Our top priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff and we are working hard to ensure your learning experience is of our usual high quality.
For new students, teaching will start on 20 September. For all returning students, teaching will start on 27 September.
You can view the University term dates here.
Where can I find more information about postgraduate careers and employability support?
We encourage you to check our exclusive Aston vacancy portals for work opportunities:GradConnect: https://globaljobs.aston.ac.uk/ Student Circus: https://aston.studentcircus.com/
For further information or to book a virtual careers appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK government announced on 8 January that passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken up to 72 hours before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally. Prior to departure, passengers will need to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result to carriers, as well as their passenger locator form. Passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list must self-isolate for 10 days regardless of their pre-departure test result. More information can be found here.
Call our Campus Safety team on (+44)121 359 2922. We’re available 24 hours to support you.
You must travel directly to the location where you will be staying. Read the UK government guidance on travelling to the UK and how to self-isolate. If you need further support, call our Campus Safety team on (+44)121 359 2922. We’re available 24 hours to support you.
You will be asked to complete an online passenger location form up to 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. The form can be found here.
You may not have to self-isolate if you come from one of the ‘Travel Corridors’ listed in the information on the official government travel corridor list.
If you are required to self-isolate, then you should go directly to the main accommodation where you will be staying, although you are permitted to stay overnight in a safe accommodation (such as a hotel) if you have had a long journey.
You will need to wear a face mask while travelling on public transport (e.g. plane, train, bus, taxi) and in any public indoor places such as shops, airports etc. Contactless card payments are now encouraged at most places - you may be unable to pay with cash during your journey, so it's a good idea to bring a credit card, debit card or travel money card.
You should self-isolate in one place for the full 14 days, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and stay away from others. You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the public health passenger locator form.
You should not have visitors, including friends and family unless they are providing emergency assistance, care or assistance, including personal care.
You must not go to any on-campus sessions or visit public areas during your 14-day self-isolation period. You should not go shopping either. If you require help buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, you should ask for help via the Safezone app or email email@example.com and we will help you.
Aston University has a food delivery service, 'Nourish'. Nourish will also be providing recipe boxes and food parcels if you want to cook your own meals.
If you live off-campus, you may still be able to use the campus-based food options, and we can arrange for one of our Aston Support Volunteers to bring the food to you.
You can also arrange for food to be delivered to you from a number of restaurants in the city using the following apps;
If you believe that your payment is likely to be late, or if you are having difficulty paying, please contact the Credit Control Team as soon as you can. They will be able to discuss your situation and where possible agree on a payment plan with you. (Please provide as much detail as you can, including your full name and your Aston Student ID number - found in your offer letter).
No, the University is still putting significant resources into providing you with the same high-quality teaching, it is just being delivered in a different way. As soon as restrictions allow, we will offer you the opportunity to attend sessions on campus, but these will be restricted so that we can keep everyone healthy and safe during the pandemic.
Yes, the UKVI have made a special concession during the Covid-19 period, which means we are allowed to sponsor you to study in this way.
If you are not currently in the UK, then you do not need to have been granted a visa to start your course online. You will be able to join us online until your visa has been granted. If you are currently in the UK, then please contact one of our International Student Advisers for advice.
Please check the UK Government website for the latest information.
We aim to have CAS’s issued within 5 working days after your pre-CAS questionnaire is approved, so long as you have an unconditional offer and have paid your deposit or provided their financial guarantee letter.
A CAS is valid for 6 months, so we need to have a good idea of when you are going to arrive in the UK before this is issued.
The Home Office has agreed to revise the date by which international students must be in the UK in order to benefit from the concessionary basis when applying for the Graduate route. For students who started their course in 2020, this date is now 21 June 2021.
This means that international students who began their course in 2020 and who are due to complete in summer 2021 will still be eligible for the Graduate route provided they arrived on or before 21 June. This June deadline also includes international students in their final year on an articulation or transnational education course. For those on one-year masters courses beginning in Spring 2021, the existing date of 27 September remains.
The Home Office has also confirmed that any period of distance learning which took place between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021 as part of a course of study lasting longer than 12 months will not prevent an applicant from applying to the Graduate route.
This has yet to be formally published by the Home Office, but the change will be confirmed when the Graduate Route rules are published as part of the Spring immigration rules change. For further information, visit the UK Government website.
Once you are safely in the UK, you will be required to show you are actively engaging with your studies, as this is a requirement of your visa. For term one, we will allow you to demonstrate this engagement using our online activities.
You will automatically be issued with a BRP (residence permit) when your visa application is approved, and as part of that application, you will be asked where you would like to collect it. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify them of your arrival in the UK, and we will arrange for your visa to be securely posted to you. You do not need to go onto our campus to collect this.
All accommodation on and around the Aston University campus is offered by private providers. We are liaising with our local private accommodation providers to address student concerns about contractual and rental issues during periods of Covid-19 Government restrictions. As the University does not own the accommodation, only the private providers can make decisions about releasing students from contracts or pausing rent payments.
Facilities are likely to be similar in off-campus accommodation, but you should contact your accommodation provider to confirm their local rules.
Unite Residence has a range of bedding and kitchen packs available to purchase and can be ready in your room when you arrive.
If you are living off-campus, then you may be able to purchase similar packs from your accommodation provider or arrange for a package to be delivered from Amazon.
Applications are open for undergraduate courses starting in September 2021. The first UCAS deadline is on 29th January 2021. Browse our courses and apply.
For the latest updates on teaching in September 2021 view our Future Undergraduate Students page.
For those who use WeChat, we will also post updates on our WeChat account ('Aston1895') and in our WeChat group for offer-holders. To join this group, add us on WeChat 'Aston_U' and send us a screenshot of your offer letter.
The Aston Students’ Union (SU) operates a variety of services to support your wellbeing and help you settle into university life, and will offer a mix of both virtual and on-campus activities during the academic year.
Earlier this year the SU set up a ‘virtual campus’ where students can connect and participate in a variety of online activities and events. Additionally, our Aston Auntie Scheme will partner you with a current student who can act as a friend to introduce you to life at Aston.
As soon as it is safe to do so, we will start to introduce on-campus events and activities to give you more opportunities to engage with clubs, societies and meet other students.
Whether via the website, social media or if you visit their amazing building, the SU is the go-to place to enjoy the fun side of university and get the most from your student experience.
We accept a wide range of English language qualifications including IELTS Academic, TOEFL, PTE Academic, IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, and Password. We also accept the Duolingo English Test (for entry onto Pre-Sessional English programmes, and direct entry courses starting in September 2020 and January 2021, excluding Aston Medical School and OSPAP).
We also accept local qualifications such as iGCSE, Indian Standard XII, HKDSE, WAEC, for direct entry (excluding foundation-level courses).
For foundation level entry, you are still required to provide a UKVI IELTS to meet your offer condition.
If your qualification is not listed here then please contact us at email@example.com to see if we can accept it.
Our enquiries team are available to help answer any questions you may have, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (please make sure to provide your 9-digit student application ID number). If you use WeChat, you can contact us at 'Aston_U'.
If you have any questions specifically related to your Tier 4 Visa or your CAS, please contact email@example.com and our expert visa team will be able to help you.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Aston University community.
For current students of Aston University, we are publishing updates such as health advice on our health and wellbeing page.