The United Kingdom appears frequently on the list of top study destinations and with English the most commonly used language, what it offers in terms of culture, arts and travel, it should come as no surprise. One of the most significant reasons why students choose to study here is the quality of education and the ability to study numerous fields. The UK is famous for its business schools, which offer courses in management, finance, accounting, strategy and leadership. Below we list the top 10 business schools in the UK and what makes each institution one of the best:
London Business School is a leader in business education not just in the UK and in Europe but across the globe. The world class education has been lauded by the likes of the Financial Times and the Times Higher Education as well as QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, which publishes world university rankings. The main campus is located in London, but the institution is also present in Dubai. The School also puts importance on having its students gain a global experience, often with their partners in different countries. London Business School offers Masters and Executive Education programs.
Like London Business School, Warwick Business School and its programs are ranked highly by the Financial Times and QS. It also appears in rankings published by The Economist and Forbes. Their MSc in Finance and MSc in Management as well as their MBA program are considered to be among the top in the world. The School is part of the University of Warwick and is located within an hour of London. It also recently opened its London Base in the London Bridge Quarter, so students looking to experience everything from the UK’s countryside and castles to its cities and culture will find it an ideal choice.
Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics may be ranked high in fields like Information Management, Business Studies and Accounting, but its real strength is rooted in student satisfaction and experience. The Times Higher Education identified the University as England’s Best Student Experience for six consecutive years. Upon graduating, its alumni enjoy high employability rates and links to different industries. The campus is located in Leicestershire, which is around 90 minutes from London.
Surrey Business School prides itself in being collaborators with businesses to bring its student hands-on experience when it comes to learning. Because of its work with businesses in different industries and of different scales, it approaches education with a focus on practice. This approach has earned its Business and Management programmes as well as its Accounting and Finance programmes spots in rankings by The Guardian, The Times and the National Student Survey. The School is a member of the University Global Partnership Network, connecting it to numerous institutions around the world, in addition to the 23 they have exchange agreements with.
Established in 1895, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been around for quite some time. A testament and contributor to its standing among top business schools in the UK is the fact that 16 Nobel Prize winners have been either staff or alumni. It has 220 research centres, and its focus on social sciences allows for business education integrated with other areas of study, especially with its wide range of course offerings. Located in London, this business school attracts an international community of staff and students.
With its MBA, Masters in Finance and Masters in Management programmes, Leeds University Business School makes a frequent appearance in rankings by the Financial Times, the Times, the Guardian and QS. Its history runs back as far as the 1870s, making it one of the oldest in this list. The School has six divisions, including Economics, International Business and Management, that allow for specialisation as well as cross-disciplinary learning. Its campus is also a prime attraction, located in a renovated 19th century building with world-class facilities.
Located in Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde and its Business School has the mission of being the Place of Useful Learning, which means high quality education and opportunities for its students. Since being established in the late 1700s, the University has cemented itself as an educational institution with leading research and programmes. One of its most popular offerings is the MBA, which allows students to learn not only through discussion and theory but also through practical application and global experience.
Recognized by institutions such as Eduniversal, QS and The Economist for its programmes, Aston Business School has made a mark in business education. Among these programmes are its MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis, MSc Accounting and Finance and MSc Strategic Marketing and Management. The campus is located in Birmingham, which though not quite as large as London, attracts visitors from all over the world because of its rich history and culture.
University of Exeter Business School offers a wide range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes. The Times and the Complete University Guide ranks it in its university league tables, which are based on entry standards, student satisfaction, degree classifications and other factors. Its Masters in Finance and Masters in Management were ranked 43rd and 80th respectively by the Financial Times in 2015 at the global level. If that weren’t enough, it has several research centers, contributing to its receipt of a rating of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework.
Part of the University of Oxford, the Said Business School holds a long tradition of education excellence. However, it is actually one of the youngest business schools on this list. It was founded in 1996 and has done a great job in mixing the University’s traditions and culture with its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Its campus is located in the heart of the town and offers high-end facilities that are conducive to learning. The School conducts leading research in numerous areas, including International Business and Strategy and Innovation.
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