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Financial Times ranks Lancaster MBA 1st in world for corporate strategy

Alumni from the 2011 MBA class at the Lancaster MBA 25th Anniversary Ball

26 January 2015

In the latest Financial Times World MBA Ranking, published 26 January, the Lancaster MBA is ranked first in the world for the teaching of corporate strategy.

The FT also ranks the Lancaster MBA:

  • 1st in Europe and 2nd in the world for 'aims achieved', where students rank the quality of the course and their experience
  • 1st in the UK and 7th in the world for the teaching of corporate social responsibility
  • 2nd in the UK and 7th in the world for international business 
  • 3rd in the UK for percentage of MBA students employed within three months of graduation (91%)
  • 6th in the UK for percentage salary increase (81%)

The FT said that Lancaster University Management School had ‘recorded the strongest progress’, jumping 27 places to 50th in the latest Financial Times World MBA Ranking. Overall, it is ranked 9th in the UK and 18th in Europe.

Other areas showing improvement this year include the weighted salary (up 10% on last year), career progress and placement success, and the international course experience measure which has made a substantial gain, up 17 places.

Professor Sue Cox, Dean of Lancaster University Management School, praised colleagues in the MBA team for their commitment to the programme, and congratulated the class of 2011 on their career success which is behind Lancaster’s rise in the rankings.

She said: “This result follows our excellent performance in REF2014, in which we were ranked first for research power. Our improvement in the Financial Times ranking is down to an exceptional MBA programme which attracts excellent students and is delivered by world-leading faculty. It confirms our position as a leading global business school.”

Chris Saunders, Director of the Lancaster Full-time MBA, said: “Our rise in the table is a result of the success of our alumni in their careers, the quality of the programme we deliver at Lancaster, and the continuous improvement in all aspects of the School over the years. We are very grateful to all the alumni who were surveyed for this ranking. They have obviously done really well in their careers.”