About Us

We're an internationally-leading and award-winning Management School, recognised as one of the few business schools in the world to hold quadruple accreditation.

University of the Year

Lancaster University is the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year. Lancaster is now ranked 6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, and we've been named Best Campus University and Best University in the North West.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Dynamic course content and structure, plus the opportunities many students get to work abroad, is reflected in outstanding graduate prospects once they leave.

“In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner.”

Triple Top 10

Lancaster University is consistently ranked in the UK's top ten by all the UK's major university league tables, and we have recently risen to 6th place in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Lancaster University Management School are also proud to be among the world's top 100 business schools.


The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

TEF Gold

Gold standard teaching

Lancaster University has been awarded the highest possible score in the UK government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings. Our TEF Gold rating is based on high quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities and the good careers our graduates go into.

Our Rankings

Many of our programmes are highly ranked in the UK and across the world by leading rankings from the Financial Times, Forbes, QS, The Economist and more. This, along with our high student satisfaction and excellent reputation for research, demonstrates the quality of our teaching, and the value for money offered by our programmes. 

Undergraduate Programmes

Our latest undergraduate programme rankings are listed below, and our National Student Survey 2017 rankings.

Accounting and Finance

3rd in the UK - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

Accounting and Finance

2nd in the UK - Guardian University Guide 2018

Accounting and Finance

6th in the UK - Complete University Guide 2018


5th in the UK - Complete University Guide 2018


6th in the UK - Guardian University Guide 2018

Business and Management

6th in the UK - Guardian University Guide 2018

Business and Management 

11th in the UK - Complete University Guide 2018


Business Studies 

4th in the UK - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

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National Student Survey 2017

  • 4th in the UK for student satisfaction (FE colleges and small/specialist providers excluded)
  • Marketing programmes were ranked 8th.

Masters Programmes

Our latest Masters programme rankings are listed below.

MSc in Management

29th in the world - The Economist Masters in Management 2017

MSc in Management

73rd in the world - Financial Times Masters in Management 2017

MSc in Management

11th in the UK: FT European Business School Rankings 2017

MSc Finance

5th in the UK, 27th in the world - Financial Times Global Masters in Finance 2017

QS Business School Rankings 2018

  • Masters in Business Analytics – 4th in the UK 
  • Masters in Finance – 13th in the UK 
  • Masters in Management – 11th in the UK 

QS World University Rankings 2017

In the top 100 for Accounting and Finance, Business and Management and Statistics and Operational Research. 


MBA & Executive MBA

Our latest MBA and Executive MBA rankings are listed below.

Full-Time MBA

Full-Time MBA

11th in the UK, 77th in the world - The Economist


Full-Time MBA

11th in the world and 4th in the UK in Forbes 2017 ranking of the best non-US one-year MBA programmes. 

Executive MBA

21st in Europe - QS Global EMBA rankings 2017

MBA and Executive MBA

11th in the UK: FT European Business School Rankings 2016


Our latest performance in the Research Excellent Framework (REF) is demonstrated below.

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.

Professional Recognition

Accreditation, Partners and Studentships:

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

Professional Exemptions (on some exams):

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Corporate Membership

Lancaster University Management School is an active member of leading professional organisations, both in management education and beyond. These include the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), EFMD and Business in the Community (BiTC) as well as many others.

Our Accreditation

Our quadruple accreditation is in recognition of the quality of everything we do from the most influential business school accreditation bodies.



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

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

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.


Quadruple-accredited world-ranked