League table rankings

Aston University is distinctive in that we have strong league table positions across a range of different criteria.

University league tables are not the only way to choose a University and are subject to fluctuations from year to year due to the similar scores of Universities placed in the top 30 and changes in methodology each year. However, league tables do give an indication of quality and reputation, both overall and in specific subject areas.

Outstanding graduate job prospects

We are particularly proud of our strong graduate employment record. Our degrees are distinct from those of many other Universities as they offer relevant, and usually paid, sandwich placement year or year abroad opportunities. We also have strong links with business, industry and the professions. 

A great place to live and study

Aston University is a lively, supportive and friendly place, and our students get the best of both worlds: self contained campus living in the centre of Birmingham, a fantastic student city. These important factors are not covered in University league tables.

Rankings summary


 Overall University rankings include  
17th out of all 115 UK universities  The Complete University Guide 2011 (supported by The Independent and PwC.
297 out of over 6,000 Universities around the World QS World University Rankings 2011
29th out of all 115 UK universities The Times Good University Guide 2011
16 of our 19 broad subject areas ranked in the UK's top  15 in 2006 - 2011 subject rankings  Times, Complete and/or Guardian University Guides


Other key recent rankings  
11th out of all 115 UK full scale Universities for Student Satisfaction (8th in England) 2008 National Student Survey, published in September 2008 - featured in the Sunday Times
Top 20 UK University for lowest Drop-out rate HESA (UK Government) full scale UK Universities published in 2010
Top 10 UK University for "Graduate Level" employment success Sunday Times, University Guide 2011 taken from HESA DLHE data - consistently in the top 10 for the last 15 years
Top 5 UK University for Masters in Management Programmes (top 40 in World) Financial Times Masters Rankings 2010 (September 2010).
5th out of 126 UK Universities and Colleges People and Planet Green League - The UK's Greenest Universities
Ranked in The World's top 100 Universities for Graduate Employer recognition, percentage of International Faculty and International Students QS World University rankings 2011


The Complete University Guide 2011 (Published in April 10)

Aston is ranked 17th overall out of all 115 UK Universities, and second in the UK Midlands

The Complete University Guide is based on criteria such as research quality, teaching quality, entry grades, graduate level employment, degree success, student satisfaction and spending on teaching/student facilities.

The Complete University Guide is compiled by Mayfield Consultants and is the most established of all the UK University rankings, having used consistent methodologies for over 15 years. Mayfield compiled the Times rankings until 2007.

The Times Good University Guide 2011

Aston is ranked 29th overall out of all 115 UK Universities in this guide. Aston has been in the top 30 of The Times each year since 2004, despite recent changes in methodology.

The Times Good University Guide is based on criteria such as research quality, teaching quality, entry grades, graduate level employment, degree success, student satisfaction and spending on teaching/student facilities.

The methodology used in the Times rankings has changed over the last few years, so direct comparisons between years are not always useful. The Times rankings are now compiled by Exeter Enterprises, a subsidiary of Exeter University.

Subject Rankings: 2006-10 Guardian/Times/Good University Guides

16 of Aston University’s 19 subject areas* have featured in the top 15, confirming our overall strength across a range of subjects.


Subject area   Ranking

Anatomy and Physiology (includes subjects such as Optometry, Audiology and Human Biology)

See also Subjects Allied to Medicine where Aston is ranked 1st.


Top 10 in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 - The Guardian. This subject does not feature in The Times or Complete University Guide rankings

Biological Sciences

See also Anatomy and Physiology and Subjects Allied to Medicine


 12th in 2010, 6th in 2008 - The Guardian

Building and Construction


7th 2010: The Times

Business, Management and related subjects - Aston Business School

Top 15 every year between 2003-2011. Times and Complete University Guide rankings


Business at Aston has featured in the top 10 Universities offering undergraduate Business degrees in The Times and Complete University Guide for 7 out of the last 9 years. Less than 10 UK Business Schools share this consistency.


Electronic Engineering

15th in 2008 - The Guardian



15th in 2010 - The Times (please note that Aston no longer features in Economics rankings as our Economics students are returned under Business and Management data).


Mechanical Engineering

14th in 2008 - The Complete University Guide


 Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)  9th in 2010 - The Guardian

4th in 2011 - The Complete University Guide, 7th The Times in 2011


Production, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

This ranking is relevant to our Product Design and Design Engineering courses

12th The Times 2010.

 15th in 2011 - The Times Good University Guide


Subjects Allied to Medicine

This ranking is relevant to our Optometry and Audiology courses and some of our Biology Teaching

1st in 2010 and 2011 - The Complete University Guide

1st in 2010 and 2011 - The Times 


Consistently in the top 10 for over 5 years.


*Methodologies in the Times/Guardian/Good University Guide rankings often change each year so it is not always relevant to compare ranking positions year on year. Giving an indication of ranking position over 3-4 years also gives an accurate indication of quality.

Rankings for French, German and Spanish are combined to form a modern languages ranking in the Guardian.

Other Rankings

National Student Survey – Aston University has performed consistently well in the National Student Survey (NSS) with a top 10 performance overall in the 2008 NSS and an above UK average rating in each year of the survey since it stared in 2005.

Drop-out rates: According to Government data released by HESA in 2010, Aston had one of the lowest drop-out rates in the UK at less than 5%, confirming our reputation for student support and success and against a UK average of over 7%.

Aston University Careers Service - In a major 2006 survey of its members by the AGR (Association of Graduate Recruiters), representing the major UK companies who recruit graduates, Aston’s Careers Service was voted in the UK’s top 10 of all UK Universities for the services it provides. This confirms our excellent reputation with graduate employers across the UK and beyond and that Aston students gain an advantage for their future careers and success. www.aston.ac.uk/careers