We take great pride in our achievements. They’re testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff, and the ambition and enthusiasm of our students.

22nd in the UK

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, 2023.

Outstanding earnings after graduation

Graduates of Aston University are among the highest paid in the country five years after graduating, according to new data released by the Department for Education.

The 2022 Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data shows that employed Aston University graduates have the 16th largest median salary overall five years after graduation at £33,400.

Top 10 Students’ Union

Aston Students’ Union was rated 8th in the UK in the 2022 What Uni League Table, which is based on votes from more than 30,000 students across the country.

Top 30% of Global Institutions

Aston University is ranked 446th in the 2024 QS World University Ranking, placing the University in the top 30% of global institutions and 46th place nationally.

Key accolades over the past few years include:

  • University of the Year, 2020 (The Guardian)
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurial University, 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards)
  • Buildings That Inspire: Aston Students' Union (The Guardian University Awards, 2020)
  • Silver Athena SWAN award for impact towards gender equality
What our students say

Aston University is ranked 4th in the UK, by UniCompare, whose table is based on votes from our students, graduates and other UniCompare users (2022). 97% of those who voted said they would recommend Aston University to a friend.

We also achieved 83.37% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey, 2020


Sustainability is very important to us. Aston conducts research into greener energy sources, and educates students and staff on sustainability, to ensure our campus facilitates sustainable practices. We were awarded a 1st Class rating and ranked 17th in the UK for our environmental and ethical performance by the People and Planet University League Table, 2021.


Aston University received ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ accreditations for 79% of its research in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. In addition, 74% of the University’s research has been rated “very considerable” or “outstanding” for impact, reach and significance

Equality and Diversity

We are proud to have one of the most diverse student communities in the country. Aston also holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award – a reflection of the impact we have started to make towards equality for both students and staff. We are working hard to sustain this and achieve Gold.


Complete University Guide 2024

League table rank: 41st

  • 93.1% Degree completion
  • 20th in the UK for Graduate prospects - on track
The Guardian University Guide 2023

League table rank: 22nd

  • 2nd in the UK for health professions courses
  • 5th in the UK for construction courses
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

League table rank 45th

  • 28th in the UK for Graduate Career Prospects
  • 33rd in the UK for students achieving First or Upper Second Class Degrees
  • 36th in the UK for student Degree Completion Rate
National Student Survey 2021
  • 75.0% overall satisfaction among Aston students
  • 78.2% satisfaction with 'Teaching on my Course'
  • 77.1% satisfaction with 'Learning Opportunities'
  • 74.2% satisfaction with 'Learning Resources'
  • Student Voice (+3.4%)
  • Organisation and Management (+2.2%)
  • Learning Resources (+0.6%)
  • Business and Mathematics = 100%
  • Chemistry = 100%
  • Neuroscience = 96%
  • Computer Sciences with Business = 90%
  • English Language and Literature = 90%
People and Planet University League 2021

17th out of 154 UK Universities and Colleges.

Student Employability

Aston are inside the UK top 30 for 'Graduate Prospects', which measures student success 15 months after completion, in both the 2022 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the 2022 Complete University Guide.

In addition to this, the long term success of our graduates is reflected in the 2020 Longitudinal Education Outcomes results. Employed Aston graduates earn, on average, £8,000 more per year than the sector average 5 years after graduation. Aston's average salary of £33,200 five years after graduation is the 15th largest in the UK.

Aston Business School

Athena Swan 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).

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

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

Aston University has been ranked in the top 100 in the world for Business Administration subjects.

The 2022 THE World Subject Rankings

Health and Life Sciences


  • Overall world ranking of 162nd
  • Ranked 19th in the world for citations
  • Ranked 129th in the world for international outlook

Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health

  • Ranked 119th for international outlook

Life Sciences

  • Ranked 143rd for international outlook

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Computer Science

  • Ranked 125th in the world for international outlook


  • Ranked 116th in the world for international outlook

Business and Social Sciences

Business and Economics

  • Ranked 133rd overall
  • Ranked 118th for international outlook
  • Ranked 26th for citations

Social Sciences

  • Ranked 26th for citations
  • Ranked 102nd for international outlook

Subject-specific Rankings

The programme pages on our website list further details on Aston's rankings and statistics related to your chosen subject. Just use the 'Find a Course' button in the top right corner of this page to find your chosen subject and discover why Aston is the best place for you to study.