Lancaster University Management School is typically ranked in the UK's top ten and among the world's top 100 business schools.


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9th in the UK

Lancaster University was ranked 9th in the UK for the second year running by the Complete University Guide for 2018.

  • 6th for Accounting and Finance
  • 5th for Marketing
  • 11th for Business and Management
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Top 10

Lancaster University was ranked 8th nationally, 8th for Accounting & Finance, and 8th for Business, Management and Marketing by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Top 10 in the UK

Lancaster has climbed to 9th position in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, to achieve its elite target of top ten positions in all the UK’s major university league tables. In addition, Lancaster is ranked 2nd for Accounting and Finance and 5th for Business Studies.

The Lancaster MBA, 42nd in the world

The Lancaster MBA was ranked 6th in the UK and 42nd in the world in the Financial Times 2017 Top Global Full-time MBA Programmes. The Lancaster MBA has been consistently ranked in the top 10 for corporate strategy over the past three years, and is 6th in the world for value for money. 2017 was the 14th consecutive year in which the Lancaster MBA was featured in the Financial Times ranking.

In addition, we ranked 11th in the UK in the FT European Business School Rankings 2016, which looks at the MBA, EMBA and MSc Management.

MSc Management, 9th in the UK

Ranked 9th in the UK as reported in Financial Times Masters in Management 2016 ranking survey.

MSc Finance, 6th in the UK

Our MSc in Finance was ranked 6th in the UK and 30th in the world in the Financial Times Global Masters in Finance 2016 ranking.

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MBA, 9th in the world

Forbes magazine ranked the Lancaster MBA 9th in the world and 5th in the UK in its 2015 ranking of the best non-US one-year MBA programmes. Forbes uses Return on Investment (ROI) as the main measure.

QS Global EMBA Rankings - 21st in Europe

In 2017 the QS Global EMBA rankings placed the Lancaster Executive MBA 21st in Europe.

In addition, the QS World University Rankings 2017 placed us in the top 100 for Accounting and Finance, Business and Management and Statistics and Operational Research.

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MBA – 11th in the UK

In 2016 The Economist Which MBA? ranking placed the Lancaster MBA 11th in the UK, and 77th in the world.

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Top for research power

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Lancaster University Management School is ranked top business school in the UK for 'research power', and 80% of our research activity is judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

144 (75%) of our faculty were included in the submission – a considerably higher number than for any other UK business school.