Aston University

Information on Application and Admission procedures

Online application to be completed here.
The Bamberg students shall choose Bamberg from the drop-down menu of partners so that the correct partnership discount of 15% can be applied. 
Aston's Admissions will process the application and make an offer within 48 hours.
Entry requirements: 
2:2 degree in social science, language or a related subject or international equivalent*. Other degrees might be suitable depending on personal statement and motivation.
Standard English Language Requirements apply: 
*For details of equivalent qualifications in your country, use our area links below:

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.
English language requirements
•       info on fees / tuition: 
International students (2024/25) Annual tuition fee: £22,750
A partnership discount will be applicable at the rate of 15%. The partnership discount will be deducted from the international tuition fee on enrolment.  (NB: In their online application, the students shall choose Bamberg from the dop-down menu of partners, so that the correct partnership discount can be applied.)
•       info on visa Student Visa Application
•       Contact person(s): For generic queries, I act as a first point of contact for this partnership:
For academic queries:  Ying Miao, Programme Director:  


The University

Aston is a research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Established in 1875 as the School of Metallgurgy, part of the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Aston has a strong reputation for developing highly-skilled, sought-after, employable graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds. The Institute played leading role in introducing scientific and technical education to people of all backgrounds. You will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups, to the University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals, and to University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy. The campus is centrally located in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city and a major hub for business and industry, so most things are within easy walking distance. Birmingham is ranked top 50 in the world (QS Best Cities, 2024)

Students at Aston become part of a vibrant, small and friendly community in the heart of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. There are students from over 120 countries studying at Aston living in a lively, safe, close-knit and friendly atmosphere. Aston Campus is based right in the city centre,


The Program

The MSc International Relations programme at Aston University is a dynamic one-year programme offering a comprehensive understanding of global affairs. You can choose between a general track or specialise in ‘Conflict and Cooperation’ or ‘Development and Governance’, tailoring your study to international dynamics or domestic challenges in a global context.

Core modules cover international relations theories, global governance and research design, supplemented by optional modules including the Aston Global Advantage professional development programme and EuroSim - an award-winning module on international negotiations.
The programme benefits from collaborations with research centres like the Aston Centre for Europe and the Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement. Graduates emerge equipped with advanced analytical and communication skills, prepared to navigate the multifaceted landscape of international relations across diverse professional domains.