PhD - Engineering and Applied Science

Aston's School of Engineering and Applied Science offers an exciting environment for advanced research and training.

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

3 years

UCAS code(s)

N/A

Start date

About

About the School of Engineering and Applied Science

The School of Engineering and Applied Science focuses on research that is significant to the current and future needs of our society. This is your chance to contribute to this course and help improve communities.

Our research is recognised internationally: over half our research funding comes from international sources. We also receive support from UK Government, research councils and charities. Our research projects tackle strategic priorities such as energy, information and communication technologies (ICT), and healthcare technologies. All our staff are engaged in research and with an unusually large proportion of them operating research projects linked to industry.

Find out more about the School of Engineering and Applied Science here. 

Studying a research degree with us means you will be a member of the School Student Research Society, enjoying a range of events (seminars by external distinguish speakers, annual poster competition, inter-school collaboration, social gathering and outing) organised by the society to enrich your academic and social life experience.

Find out more about the research taking place within the School of Engineering and Applied Science here. 

School research areas

If you want to pursue a rewarding postgraduate research degree leading to a PhD qualification that matches not only your interests but prepares you with high level knowledge and skills in one of the fields below then Aston is the right choice.

Engineering & Applied Science

Current Studentship Opportunities

The school of EAS welcomes applications for PhD studentships for the 2020/21 academic year

Students can apply in any of the school’s active research areas and topics currently available are shown below:

4 x PhD Studentships (3 years) Optical Phase Conjugation Based Optical Networks / Energy Efficient M Communication using Combs (EEMC)

PhD Studentship in Optical Phase Conjugation Based Optical Systems

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

Project Aim and Objectives

The student will study the impact of optical phase conjugation on the overall performance of optical networks. They will develop and adapt optimisation models translating physical parameters into network performance, they will propose and develop techniques to overcome inevitable degradations encountered in a network environment, demonstrate substantial improvement in network capacity and finally trial the solution in a real world environment.

Project Description

The successful candidate for this post will work alongside experienced researchers on the EPSRC funded project “Photonic Phase Conjugation Systems (PHOS)”. This fully funded three year PhD studentship will provide an outstanding graduate the opportunity to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between the Aston University, the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, and BT. The project aims to resolve the “capacity crunch” – a consequence of the finite capacity of an optical fibre associated with both noise and nonlinearity. Un-combatted, this capacity crunch will eventually limit access to the internet to something similar to today's levels.

If successful for Position 1, the applicant will study the impact of optical phase conjugation on the overall performance of optical networks. They will develop and adapt optimisation models translating physical parameters into network performance, they will propose and develop techniques to overcome inevitable degradations encountered in a network environment, demonstrate substantial improvement in network capacity and finally trial the solution in a real world environment. The successful candidate will split their time between the Aston institute of Photonic Technologies, and BT at Adastral Park. They will enjoy the benefits of world leading system test and modelling facilities at Aston, and will ensure the real world relevance of their research through collaboration with BT.

Knowledge and skills required in applicant

The successful applicant should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution), in Physics or Electronic Engineering (or a subject related to optical communication). Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of photonics or communications.
 

PhD Studentship in Optical Phase Conjugation Based Optical Networks

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

Project Aim and Objectives

The student will study the impact of optical phase conjugation on the overall performance of optical networks. They will develop and adapt optimisation models translating physical parameters into network performance, they will propose and develop techniques to overcome inevitable degradations encountered in a network environment, demonstrate substantial improvement in network capacity and finally trial the solution in a real world environment.

Project Description

The successful candidate for this post will work alongside experienced researchers on the EPSRC funded project “Photonic Phase Conjugation Systems (PHOS)”. This fully funded three year PhD studentship will provide an outstanding graduate the opportunity to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between the Aston University, the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, and BT. The project aims to resolve the “capacity crunch” – a consequence of the finite capacity of an optical fibre associated with both noise and nonlinearity. Un-combatted, this capacity crunch will eventually limit access to the internet to something similar to today's levels.

The student will develop a novel all optical device capable of substantially increasing the capacity of an optical transmission link. They will develop a device with a novel nonlinear optical design, understand the underlying impairments to be compensated, providing an adaptive response, demonstrate substantial improvement in performance and finally trial the solution in a real world environment. They will split their time between the Aston institute of Photonic Technologies, the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, enjoying the benefits of world leading fabrication and system test facilities at Aston, access to the latest materials technologies at the ORC. They will test their final solution using the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure, and the network impact using BT’s testbeds.

Knowledge and skills required in applicant

The successful applicant should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution), in Physics or Electronic Engineering (or a subject related to optical communication). Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of photonics or communications.
 

PhD Studentship in Energy Efficient M Communication using Combs (EEMC)

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

Project Aim and Objectives

The project aims to develop low cost all optical techniques to continue to expand the bandwidth of individual transceivers, which power the internet. The proposed solution has the potential to be compact, suiting applications both within data centres operated by the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft and within the core international networks where high performance is paramount. The solution will address important challenges at such high bandwidths, such as synchronisation, noise and digital signal processing. If successful, the project will deliver a transponder with more than an order of magnitude more capacity than those commercially available.

Project Description

The successful candidate for this post will work alongside experienced researchers on the EPSRC funded project “Energy Efficient M Communication using Combs (EEMC)”. This fully funded three year PhD studentship will provide an outstanding graduate the opportunity to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between Aston University, Dublin City University, and Pilot Photonics. The project aims to develop low cost all optical techniques to continue to expand the bandwidth of individual transceivers, which power the internet. The proposed solution has the potential to be compact, suiting applications both within data centres operated by the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft and within the core international networks where high performance is paramount. The solution will address important challenges at such high bandwidths, such as synchronisation, noise and digital signal processing. If successful, the project will deliver a transponder with more than an order of magnitude more capacity than those commercially available.

If successful for Position 3, the applicant will develop novel transponders based on advanced optical frequency comb chips. They will propose and develop techniques to overcome limitations from finite bandwidth and quantisation of analogue to digital converters, demonstrate substantial improvement in transponder capacity, feedback enhanced chip designs to the manufacturer, and finally trial the solution. The successful candidate will split their time between the Aston institute of Photonic Technologies, and Dublin. They will enjoy the benefits of world leading system test and modelling facilities at Aston, chip design at Pilot Photonics, and device level characterisation at Dublin City University.

Knowledge and skills required in applicant

The successful applicant should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution), in Physics or Electronic Engineering (or a subject related to optical communication). Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of photonics or communications.
 

PhD Studentship in Free Space Optical Networks

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

Project Aim and Objectives

In this project, we will develop Free-space optical (FSO) solutions that can be seamlessly integrated into Passive Optical Networks (PON) to provide network access to customers in rural and urban areas that will not be serviced by fibre to the property (FTTP). FSO optical systems can provide higher capacity then radio systems. However, deployment has four main technical challenges, (1) stringent alignment requirements, (2) Adversely effected by atmospheric turbulence, (3) Power Loss due to fog and scattering particulates in the air, and (4) Seamless network

Project Description

The successful candidate for this post will work alongside experienced researchers on the EPSRC funded project “High Dimensional Wireless Passive Optical Networking for Access Deployment (PON-HD)”. This fully funded three-year PhD studentship will provide an outstanding graduate the opportunity to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between Aston University, University of Glasgow, and BT. There are substantial economic challenges associated with installing a full-fibre network caused by: terrain; population density; or land rights. The project aims develop Free-space optical solutions that may be seamlessly integrated into Passive Optical Networks to provide access to customers in rural and urban areas that will not be serviced by fibre to the property.
If successful, the applicant will develop novel high capacity free space links, combining high power amplification, high sensitivity optically amplified receivers, advanced adaptive optical multiple-input multiple-output technologies and advanced digital signal processing. The successful candidate will split their time between the Aston institute of Photonic Technologies, University of Glasgow and the system integration test facility at BT Adastral Park.

Knowledge and skills required in applicant

The successful applicant should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution), in Physics or Electronic Engineering (or a subject related to optical communication).
Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of photonics or communications.
 

 

Fees and funding

UK/EU students (2020)

Annual tuition fees: £4,327

International students (2020)

Annual tuition fees: £16,900


Studentships will cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of up to £15,425 to support living costs. For outstanding candidates it we will consider award of international tuition fees and/or an enhanced stipend.

Funding Provider

Studentships may be funded by the school, its industrial partners or the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Applicants should simply contact the relevant listed supervisor and complete the application form above.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Applicants should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution).

Some school funded projects may have specific academic requirements, and details of these will be included in the project advert details listed on this page.

Please provide transcripts of the marks you have already achieved with your application.  If your qualification is suitable and your grades are good, we would normally accepted this as providing evidence of your research potential.

We may also consider applicants who have substantial and significant work experience outside of their degree(s) in a relevant field, but who do not currently meet our academic entry requirements; this can include unpaid internships, volunteering for charities and NGO’s or self-funded activities.

English Language Entry Requirements 

Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:

  • TOEFL IBT: 93 (23 in Writing, 19 in Speaking, 18 in Reading and 19 in Listening) 
  • IELTS (Academic Test):   6.5 (6.0 in Writing Speaking, Reading and Listening).
  • Pearsons English language test: 63 with no less than 57 in each band.

Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.

For applicants from non-English speaking countries, it is necessary to have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the British Council IELTS (Academic Test) test. However, if the Candidate holds a Bachelor or Master's degree from a UK University, this requirement may be waived. Please contact the school for further information.

If you do not have a valid English language qualification this will be requested as a condition of any offer that is issued.

How to apply

Engineering and Applied Sciences funded projects

If you are applying for the Engineering and Applied Sciences funded projects listed above, you should complete the online application form (more information in the 'Making your application' section) as well as writing a 500 word review of the relevant research area. The review and application form will be assessed for compliance against our entry criteria and a decision passed on to the supervisor.

Candidates will then be invited for an interview with the supervisor and other members of staff. This may be in person or remotely by internet connection and will be arranged by the supervisor.

If successful at interview, the candidates will then work with their supervisor to develop a research proposal which will form the basis of the research project. The proposal and candidate performance will then be assessed by an internal school panel, who will allocate studentships on the basis of both the application and interview.

There will be different funding packages depending of the quality of the Project-Student application.
The April Panel will decided if the Project-Student application is:

•  Not funded.
•  Funded with a specified award level (the award level may be: home/EU  or international fees only; home/EU or international fees plus standard stipend; home/EU or international fees plus enhanced stipend).
•  Deferred for reconsideration (after proposal improvement) at the June panel meeting when final allocations for academic year 2020/21 will be made.

Timeline

Applicants should contact the supervisor as soon as possible as application form, research proposal and interviews must be completed by 31 March 2020. Decisions will be communicated to candidates in April 2020.

To find out more, please take a look at our dedicated 'making your application' section.

Bringing your own research project proposal

If you are bringing your own research project proposal you can apply for a place at any time of the year you will need to submit a research project proposal and accompanying supporting documents. To find out more, please take a look at our dedicated 'making your application' section.

Research students can commence their studies on one of four dates each year:

  • 1 October
  • 1 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July

Please apply as early as possible before your preferred start date to enable us to process your application in good time for your start date.

This is particularly important for international students who need extra time to apply for their Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) and visa.

Making your application

Making an application can be split into the following steps:

  1. Choose your course
  2. Check the entry requirements
  3. Use the 'Select Online Application Form' below to select the correct online application form. Then click "Apply for selected Degree Programme" (this will open in a new window)
  4. Complete the online application form. This includes: (i) uploading any relevant documentation, (ii) submitting a research proposal (research programmes only), (iii) completing your personal details
  5. We'll consider your application and contact you if we require any additional information/documents
  6. A decision will be communicated to you via email 

Select online application form

 


 

Application guidance notes

The following guidance notes will aid you in completing the online application form. We advise keeping this page open while you apply as a useful point of reference.

Making your online application

When progressing through the application form please use the hyperlinks/buttons at the bottom of each page and not your web browser back and forward buttons.

Go to the Apply Online page and select the relevant School (For Research applicants: this should be the University School where your potential Research supervisor is based) , Entry Year, Mode of Attendance and Degree Type. Then click on the arrow button of the Select Degree Programme.

 

Existing Aston Students: Please note: You will need to Create a New Account to start a new application please do not log in with your student username and password.

When creating your new account please ensure that you provide us with a valid and accurate email address as most of the correspondence from Aston will be sent via email.

You will be automatically logged in after this and be able to start your application immediately.

You can elect to ‘Save and Return Later’ at any point of the process, at which point you will be emailed details on how to return to your application later.

  • A list of relevant degree programmes will then be shown, select the title of the degree with the start date / mode of study that you are interested in. (Please note applicants wishing to study for a PhD or MPhil initially register for a generic research degree.  Please select ‘Research’ for the appropriate area, e.g. Research – Computer Science.)
  • Once you have decided on the programme that you wish to apply for, click on ‘Apply for selected Degree Programme’ and create a new account in the system. 
What documentation is required?
  • Certified Copies of qualifications gained, e.g. for Postgraduate this will be degree certificate and transcripts (showing the subjects taken and the grades/marks you have obtained). If these are in a language other than English, please provide official translations as well. For Foundation Degrees this may be NVQs, A Levels, HNCs etc. (if applicable).
  • English Language test certificate (if appropriate), for example IELTS / TOEFL
  • Research proposal (For LHS please check the list of research projects currently available first) Passport scan (if you are a non EU overseas applicant)
  • A copy of sponsor letter if appropriate/available. 
  • Copies of any other supporting documentation which may be used to help support your application.

If you are unable to provide the required information at the point of application, you should forward this to the relevant Admissions Office. Please ensure that you include on any correspondence to the University your application reference number, full name, date of birth and course name. You are advised that in some instances, a decision on admission will not be made until all supporting documentation is received.

Research proposals

A good research proposal is one of the most important aspects of your application to the Research Degrees Programme.  When the University receives your research proposal, we use it to confirm the quality of your ideas, your ability to think originally and critically, to ensure that you really have understood the depth of investigation that your doctoral research will entail, and that you have a good understanding of the key theories and literature. Research Proposals should be in sufficient detail to enable the relevant research group or supervisor to decide if your experience is appropriate and if your proposed topic is relevant to existing research themes at Aston. The outline should be a substantial document, typically 6 to 12 pages in length. Please check this with your proposed School of study before submission.

Sponsored students

You are a "sponsored student" if all or part of your tuition or accommodation fees will be paid by an external organisation (not a family member). This may be an employer, a government/embassy or scholarship funding organisation. Aston University will send an invoice directly to your sponsor.

What to do

Once you have accepted a place at Aston, let us know as soon as possible that you are a sponsored student. Ask your Sponsor to write a letter on their company headed paper, which clearly states the following: 

Your full name. Full details of where the invoice should be sent, including Sponsor contact name, details, address and e-mail address. Any reference or name that needs to be quoted on the invoice.

Two copies of the letter will need to be sent to Aston University. One copy should be sent to Credit Control, Finance Department, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B4 7ET. The second copy should be sent to the relevant Admissions Office (as detailed on your offer letter).

If you tell us you are a sponsored student, but we don't receive a letter from your Sponsor you won't be able to enrol until we receive it. Please note that we reserve the right to reject a sponsor letter and if your sponsor does not pay, you will be personally responsible for payment of the debt.

  • What fees are to be paid by the sponsor (tuition, accommodation or both).
  • Amount of money the Sponsor is contributing to tuition or accommodation costs (the value in GBP or percentage of the fees).
  • How long the sponsorship will last. For example, whether you are being sponsored for one academic year only or for every year of your course. If this changes, your Sponsor will need to send us another letter. For example, if you are being sponsored for one academic year only, but your Sponsor later decides to sponsor you for every year of your course.
Completing the online form

There are guidance notes available through out the application to assist you in completing the form.

Names

Please input your first names and family name as stated in your passport or other official documentation. 

E-mail addresses

E-mail address. [This is the applicant’s personal E-Mail address – the E-Mail address used to register an online application account with Aston University.]

Alternative contact E-mail address. [If you are working for an Educational Agent, on behalf of an applicant, please insert your Educational Agent E-Mail address in this box.]

Addresses

Please provide information on your address.  The permanent address is usually your home address.  This is the address we will use to contact you unless you specify a correspondence address. 

If the correspondence address given is temporary, please ensure that you notify the relevant Admissions Office of any changes.

Disability/additional support needs

This section is included for the purposes of monitoring equal opportunities and to ensure that students with a disability know about and have access to appropriate facilities and services.  Applications are judged solely on academic merit.  The university is committed to equal opportunities in its admissions policy and considers applications from candidates with disabilities on the same academic grounds as apply to all candidates. 

Find out more information about the facilities and support available contact:

The Disability Team
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET
UK

Telephone:   +44 (0) 121 204 4711
E-mail:        disabilityteam@aston.ac.uk


If appropriate, please choose the code most relevant to you from the drop down menu, when completing the online application form.  Please also give any details of any special requirements or additional support needs you might have.

Educational details

Please include all qualifications obtained or anticipated (post compulsory education only).

Please make sure that the names of the educational institutions are written in full and not abbreviated to initials – also state the country in which the institution is located.  Please indicate the type of award for which you have studied e.g. BA, BSc or MA and the title used on the degree certificate/transcript. Give the grades you obtained e.g. degree classification, Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score and state what it is out of i.e. 80/100.

 

Please note that the authenticity of your qualifications will be checked by Aston with the awarding institution/examination board and that submission of fraudulent documents will disqualify you from studying in the UK.

Professional qualifications

Please enter any professional qualifications received or memberships of professional institutions that are relevant to your application e.g. the Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma or any other non-academic qualification e.g. GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test). 

Your academic qualifications, to a maximum of 14

The most important qualification to include is the qualification you are currently studying, or if you have completed all qualifications, the highest qualification that you have achieved.

English

All applicants are required to provide evidence of their ability in English. The minimum English language requirement varies between schools - please refer to the Postgraduate prospectus for the individual programme requirements.  These usually include:  GCSE / ‘O’ Level English language, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE) or TOEFL, although there are other acceptable qualifications.  Please note that IELTS and TOEFL results are only valid for 2 years. Applicants who have already successfully completed, or are successfully completing, a full time university degree in the UK and other English-speaking countries may be exempt from these requirements. Applicants with less than the minimum English Language requirement may be rejected or asked to retake the relevant examinations. Alternatively, they may need to successfully complete one of the English language courses at Aston University before starting their programme of study. Applicants will be notified at the point of offer of any such conditions.

Relevant work experience

Please include any relevant work experience to support your application by ticking the box and completing all the mandatory fields.

Please note that relevant work experience is a requirement for some programmes; please refer to the programme listed in the prospectus or the website for further information.

Finance details

Please provide as much information as possible about how you will be funding your postgraduate studies.  If you have been awarded a grant/scholarship for all or part of your costs please send us a copy of the letter of the award you have received from the grant-awarding body. This can be uploaded at the beginning of your application.

Tuition fees

Different levels of tuition fees apply to UK/EU students and non-EU international students.  Fees also vary depending on the programme of study.  Please see the Postgraduate Prospectus and website for further information.  In addition to your tuition fees, you must also have funding for your living expenses – typically GBP £650 - GBP £850 per month (depending on type of accommodation).

Personal statement

You are required to complete a personal statement.
 
The statement should add any further information which you think is relevant to your application e.g. personal suitability for research, career aspirations, possible future research interests, further description of relevant employment experience etc. Also include information about your leisure activities and interests.

Please do not include symbols in your text as the system may not recognise them.

References

You must provide two official references.  Members of your family or friends cannot provide references.  At least one of your referees should be from the institution where you studied your last University degree. For Research Applicants: If you have completed your first Degree at a different University to your Masters Degree please provide a reference from both Institutions. References must be provided on headed-paper and/or stamped by the institution and must be signed by the referee.

If you choose to enter an email address for either of your referees they will be automatically e-mailed to ask them to provide you with a reference if the ‘Email this referee on application submission?’ box is ticked. The referee’s email address must originate from the referee’s official university/professional e-mail address. Private e-mail references will not be accepted.

The referees will receive full instructions on how to complete the references and where to send once they have completed the reference. PLEASE NOTE: If you apply for more than one course at Aston but are using the same referee you do not need to tick the ‘Email this referee on application submission?’ box, for your second or any subsequent applications.

Those applicants who have chosen not to have their referees automatically emailed will need to contact the relevant Admissions Office for more information on manually sending the references for your application. Please include the Application Reference Number, emailed to you separately, on all correspondence.

  • For MSc programmes in Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, you will be required to enter the highest qualification you have achieved in a mathematical or statistical subject (with grade).
  • You will be required to show your original documents together with official translations into English, on arrival at the University for Enrolment.

If you are applying to a School Advertisement please state the reference code. This can be found on the School webpage which displays the advertisement.

What happens next?

Once you have completed your application you will be automatically logged out from the system and emailed with confirmation that your application has been received. We will also email you a copy of your completed application form.

After this point, admissions staff at Aston will communicate with you via the email address you have provided regarding the outcome of your application and you will not need to log in to the Online Application form again.

If you have any supporting documents which you need to send to us please send these to the relevant school by either post or e-mail. 
 

Notification of decision

The University will make a decision based on the information you have provided and you will be advised of the decision within a few weeks; please allow up to six weeks. (If you do not hear anything after 6 weeks and you have completed your online application and provided all required supporting documentation, you can email the relevant Admissions Office as stated on your receipt of application email. Your query can be processed quicker if you can provide your Reference Number, as provided on the email sent to you when you submitted your application form).

You will then be contacted by the university with a decision – confirming an offer of a place on your chosen programme or advising you that your application has been unsuccessful. The offer of a place may be subject to certain conditions which you have to meet before your admission can be confirmed (conditional offer). 

You must satisfy these conditions by sending further evidence or completing additional documentation to the University. If you are made an offer of a place and accept your offer you will be required to submit a deposit along with your acceptance form by a given deadline.  This deposit reserves a place on the programme.  If you do not comply by the deadline, your place on the programme is then offered to another applicant.

If you have any more questions about the application process or the information you will need to provide the University, please contact us.

Technical problems

This section provides you with some simple solutions to technical problems that you might have whilst completing the online Application Form.

I can’t create a new account, what should I do?
If you are unable to create a new account, please ensure that you are using a supported web browser (listed below) and that you are completing all of the required fields on the new account page.

You are unable to create an account twice with the same email address. If you need to apply for a second Degree Programme at Aston, you can use your existing account details to log in. If you have forgotten your original password, please follow the instructions below to receive a reminder of your password.

If (after verifying that you are using a supported web browser and that you do not already have an account in the system) you are still unable to create an account please contact our technical support staff at isa_helpdesk@aston.ac.uk

I haven’t received any emails from the application form, why is this?
Normally, you will receive an email once you choose to ‘save and return Later’ to your current application or when you complete an application form. You may not receive these emails if:
Your email software or provider has marked the emails as Junk or Spam. Please check your Junk / Spam folder to see if any emails have been directed there.  Additionally, please ensure that you add ‘aston.ac.uk’ to your email account safe list so that any further emails sent to you by the Admissions team are received quickly and safely. You may also have entered your email address incorrectly when creating your account. If this is the case, please contact our technical support staff at isa_helpdesk@aston.ac.uk with your name, date of birth and email address. How do I get a reminder of or reset my password?
To have your password reset visit this webpage on MAP. You will be asked to provide the email address, surname and date of birth that you entered when you originally created your account. If these are accepted by the system, your password will be reset to a random value and emailed to you.

If you are unable to retrieve your password this way, please contact our technical support staff at isa_helpdesk@aston.ac.uk

The application form doesn’t look right or doesn’t work properly on my computer, what can I do?
The Aston application form has been tested to work with the following web browsers:
Internet Explorer 8 Firefox Google Chrome Safari You will also need to ensure that Javascript is enabled on your internet browsing software. This is usually enabled by default.
If you are using one of these web browsers and are still experiencing issues, please contact our technical support staff at isa_helpdesk@aston.ac.uk

I’ve made some mistakes on my application form or supporting documentation, what do I do?
If you haven’t submitted your application form, you can change any of the documents you have uploaded and any of the information you have entered simply by logging into your application and making the necessary changes.

If you have submitted your application form, please contact the relevant Admissions Office as stated on your receipt of application email  with details of any changes you wish to make, along with any supporting documentation if applicable

How do I log back into an uncompleted application form once I have chosen to ‘Save and Return Later’?
You can access any existing application form by simply logging back into your application.

You can log in using the email address and password you used to create your account. However you cannot use this to start a new application.

Additional advice for international students

If you are a non-EU student and require a student visa to come to the UK, you must also allow sufficient time to submit your visa application form to your local British Embassy/High Commission.

If you are applying as a non-EU International student, you should note that the terms and conditions of entry into the UK usually prevent you registering for a part-time programme.  For more information, please refer to www.ukvisas.gov.uk or www.ukcisa.org.uk

Contact us

If you require any additional advice before you wish to submit your application, please contact the relevant school directly or if you are an international student please contact the International Office by email international@aston.ac.uk 

Aston Business School

Postgraduate Taught Programmes: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Research Programmes: rdp@aston.ac.uk

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Postgraduate Taught Programmes: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Research Programmes: seasres@aston.ac.uk

School of Languages & Social Sciences

Postgraduate Taught Programmes: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Research Programmes: d.thomson1@aston.ac.uk

School of Life & Health Sciences

Postgraduate Taught Programmes: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Research Programmes: lhs_prgphd_enq@aston.ac.uk 

Contact us

For queries regarding research degrees and scholarships please contact:

Research Admissions Officer
School Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Aston Triangle
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET
United Kingdom

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