Our global rankings, awards and accreditations

Aston University is globally renowned for high quality teaching and employability success. We have been recognised by a large number of professional bodies through their prestigious awards, rankings and accreditations, which we are incredibly proud of.
We are particularly proud to be The Guardian University of the Year and THE Outstanding Entrepreneurial University.


Guardian University of the Year 2020

Aston University has been named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian.

The prestigious accolade has been awarded after the University rose to number 30 in the rankings of The Guardian University Guide 2021 – a crucial league table that focuses on student satisfaction, graduate employment and quality of teaching.

THE Outstanding Entrepreneurial University 2020

Aston University lifted the Outstanding Entrepreneurial University trophy at the sixteenth annual THE Awards.

The THE Awards – widely referred to as the ‘Oscars of higher education’ – are the biggest celebration in the UK HE calendar, attracting hundreds of entries from individuals, teams and institutions from all corners of the country. 

Aston University’s “strategic” and “inclusive” cross-institutional approach to supporting businesses, the West Midlands region and student entrepreneurship impressed the judges in this category. 
We were also shortlisted in the Business School of the Year category.



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.

QS Top 100 for Business and Management Studies

Aston Business School is ranked in the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 for Business and Management Studies.

FT Top 100 European Business School

Aston Business School is ranked in the top 100 European Business Schools for 2020 by the Financial Times.

FT Masters in Finance

Aston is ranked in the top 15 in the UK by the Financial Times Masters in Finance and 8th in the world for career progression.

QS Top 100 for MBA Career Specializations

Aston Business School’s MBA programme has been ranked in the global top 100 for careers in consulting, marketing, entrepreneurship, information management and technology.

CEO Magazine Tier One MBA

Aston Business School’s full time MBA programme is ranked in tier one by the CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2020.

QS Online MBA Rankings 

Aston’s Online MBA is ranked in the global top 30 by the QS Online MBA Rankings 2020.


Triple Accreditation – AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

Aston Business School is part of an elite group of business schools across the globe who hold the triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

Small Business Charter

Aston Business School was one of the first UK business schools to be awarded the Small Business Charter by the Chartered Association of Business Schools in recognition of the support we provide to small and medium sized businesses.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

MSc Health Psychology programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers Stage 1 Training to become a Health Psychologist.

MSc Work Psychology is a BPS accredited course for Occupational Psychology (Stage 1).

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

MSc Human Resource Management and is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and meets the requirements of the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR.

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

MSc Accounting and Finance is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means you will benefit from exemptions, which will reduce the number of ACCA or CIMA professional exams that you will need to take to become a fully qualified accountant once in employment

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

MSc Supply Chain Management is professionally recognised and accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

MSc Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Regius Chair in Pharmacy

Aston Pharmacy School is the only school in the UK to hold a prestigious Regious Chair in Pharmacy awarded by HM the Queen.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP) is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).