Published on 03/06/2024
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  • The University has risen 23 places to be ranked 423rd globally in latest QS World Rankings
  • This improves on last year’s performance when it rose 118 places
  • It sees Aston University placed in the top 30% of ranked institutions in the world and in the top 10% of all institutions evaluated.

Aston University has been ranked 423rd globally in the new 2025 QS World Rankings, representing a rise of 23 places on last year. 

This result builds on the University’s performance in the 2024 QS World Rankings, in which it achieved a rapid rise of 118 places to be placed 446th. 

The latest rankings, released on Tuesday 4 June, see Aston University placed inside the top 30% of 1,500 ranked institutions in the world and in the top 10% of all 5,663 institutions evaluated. 

The QS World University Rankings provide authoritative and independent evaluations of institutions, helping to drive institutional performance and guide students in their decision-making.

It is the most comprehensive ranking of its kind, with the 2025 edition reflecting changes in methodology that prioritize student-relevant issues like sustainability and employability.

Earlier this year, Aston University was ranked 65th in the world and 24th in Europe in the QS Online MBA Rankings which highlight the best online MBA programmes across the world. 

It also rose to 66th place in the world in the QS World Rankings by Subject for business and management studies.

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, said:

“This is the latest in a series of external accolades from QS recognising our success.

“The results show Aston University’s continued strong upward trajectory as we improve our standing in international and national rankings. This reflects our focus on excellence and impact, and the exceptional contributions of our academic community and stakeholders.

“Our strong global positioning is an integral part of our 2030 strategy that defines Aston as a leading university of science, technology and enterprise, measured by the positive transformational impact we achieve for our people, students, businesses and the communities we serve.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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