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About Us

Our long-established Management School is a place of cutting edge knowledge, where academically-leading research is applied in the real world, positively impacting the lives of individuals, businesses and organisations, and society.

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Top 50 in Europe

LUMS is ranked amongst the UK’s top 10 and Europe’s top 50 business schools according to the Financial Times rankings.

Overall, LUMS is ranked 43rd in Europe and 10th in the UK in the Financial Times European Business Schools rankings, which are compiled based on salary increases of alumni who completed the MBA, Executive MBA and Masters in Management (MiM) programmes.

FT European Business School Rankings 2021

Globally Recognised

Whilst rankings only tell part of the story, our degrees nonetheless perform strongly across a broad range of different business school rankings. We are highly regarded by the Financial Times, Forbes, The Economist and more. Our high student satisfaction and excellent reputation for research, demonstrates the quality of our offering, and the value for money offered by our programmes.

Tab Content: Undergraduate Programmes

Our latest undergraduate programme rankings are listed below, with our National Student Survey rankings.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

  • Accounting and Finance =16th in the UK, 10th for research quality
  • Business, Management and Marketing 15th in the UK, 11th for research quality
  • Economics =16th in the UK, 11th for Research quality

Guardian University Guide 2023

  • Marketing and PR 1st in the UK, 1st for graduate prospects, 3rd for satisfaction with the course, 3rd for satisfaction with teaching.
  • Business and Management =19th in the UK, 15th for satisfaction with the course.
  • Accounting and Finance 15th in the UK, =19th graduate prospects.
  • Economics 29th in the UK, 14th for graduate prospects.
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National Student Survey 2022 In 2022, 84 percent of LUMS students said they were satisfied with the quality of their courses compared with a national average of 79 percent. Overall Lancaster University ranked 1st in the North West and 8th in England.

  • Accounting and Finance 85% overall satisfaction
  • Marketing 86% overall satisfaction, 10th for academic support
  • Management Science 93.3% overall satisfaction
  • Organisation, Work and Technology 92% overall satisfaction
  • Business Studies 10th for Overall Satisfaction and Learning Community
  • Human Resource Management 11th for overall satisfaction and teaching, 5th for learning community
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QS World Rankings by Subject 2022

  • Accounting and Finance 11th in the UK, 64th in the world
  • Business and Management Studies, 9th in the UK 70th in the world
  • Statistics and Operational Research 10th in the UK, 51-100 in the world
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The Complete University Guide 2023

  • Marketing 10th overall, 5th for student satisfaction, 8th for research quality
  • Accounting and Finance 17th overall, 9th for research quality
  • Economics =15th for graduate prospects, 22nd overall

Tab Content: Masters Programmes

Our latest Masters programme rankings are listed below.

FT Masters in Finance

  • Pre-experience 10th in the UK and 45th in the World
  • 1st in the UK for value for money

Financial Times Global Masters in Finance 2021

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QS Business School Rankings 2022

  • Masters in Marketing 31st, 10th for Thought Leadership
  • Masters in Business Analytics 59th, 11th for Class and Faculty Diversity
  • Masters in Finance 54th
  • Masters in Management 63rd

QS World Rankings by Subject 2022

  • Accounting and Finance 11th in the UK, 64th in the world
  • Business and Management Studies, 9th in the UK 70th in the world
  • Statistics and Operational Research 10th in the UK, 51-100 in the world

Tab Content: MBA and Executive MBA

Our latest MBA and Executive MBA rankings are listed below.

The Lancaster MBA

  • 8th in the UK, 21st in Europe and =76th in the world - Financial Times MBA global rankings 2022
  • 2nd in the world for value for money in the same rankings
  • 1st in the world for corporate strategy teaching
  • 1st in the UK for student salary increase (average 112% after 3 years)

The Lancaster MBA

Executive MBA

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The Lancaster MBA

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Executive MBA

  • 75th in the world, 30th in Europe, 10th in the UK - QS Global EMBA rankings 2022
  • 44th in the world, 19th in Europe, 7th in the UK for Thought Leadership
  • 9th in the UK for careers outcomes

Tab Content: Professional Recognition

Accreditation, Partners and Studentships:

In addition to our quadruple accreditation, our programme accreditation includes:

Professional Exemptions (on some exams):

Corporate Membership

Lancaster University Management School is an active member of many leading professional organisations in management education and beyond. These include the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), EFMD and Business in the Community (BiTC). Our connectivity enables us to be sector-leading, benefitting our students, staff and stakeholders.

Our Accreditation

Our quadruple accreditation is in recognition of the quality of everything we do from the most influential business school accreditation bodies. For our students and business connections, quadruple accreditation provides assurance that LUMS is a globally leading business school.


    The leading American business school accreditation body, becoming global in its reach, which has accredited all of the USA's top business schools such as Harvard, Stanford and Wharton among others.


    The leading European business school accreditation kitemark, managed by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The key focus includes internationalisation and strong organisational relationships.

  • The Association of MBAs

    The association of MBAs, although UK-based in its origins, is the only accreditation body to focus on MBA programmes around the world. Our MBA, Executive MBA and MSc Management are all AMBA accredited.

  • Small Business Charter

    The SBC is an award for the UK’s world-class business schools, celebrating those that play an effective role in supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship and the impact they make.

Athena Swan

LUMS has been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality.

LUMS’ accreditation was confirmed in 2021 after its first-ever application was reviewed by an independent panel. The School will now hold the Bronze award until 2026.

Lancaster University has held an institutional level Bronze award since 2008, with renewals in 2012, 2014 and 2019.

LUMS Athena Swan Action Plan

Athena Swan Bronze Award

Gender Equality Plan

LUMS is one of the partner institutions of the TARGETED-MPI project (Transparent And Resilient Gender Equality Through Integrated Monitoring Planning and Implementation). The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 scheme and focuses specifically on institutional changes through the development and effective implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in Business and Management schools to drive more inclusive, sustainable and transparent academic cultures.

A short version of the interim Summary of the LUMS Gender Equality Plan is available to download

A highly ranked university

League tables can't tell you everything about a university, but they're a good place to start. Out of over 120 UK Universities, we are consistently in the top 15 of the three main domestic league tables.

World university rankings

Lancaster is 132nd out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2022.

Lancaster is ranked =122nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, up from 136th in 2021 making Lancaster 15th out of the 101 UK universities included in the table.