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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National Student Survey 2017

According to Times Higher Education, Lancaster is ranked fourth in the UK for student satisfaction, when FE colleges and small or specialist providers are excluded.

In addition, Lancaster's Marketing programmes were ranked 8th.

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Gold Standard TEF

Lancaster University has been given the TEF Gold award for outstanding teaching, an outstanding learning environment and delivering excellent employment outcomes for its students. This is the highest possible rating a university can achieve.

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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 9th nationally, 2nd for Accounting & Finance, and 6th for Business, Management and Marketing by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

University of the Year

Lancaster has climbed to 6th position in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, and been named University of the Year. In addition, Lancaster is ranked 3rd for Accounting and Finance and 4th 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.

The Lancaster MBA is ranked 5th in the UK and 7th in Europe in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings for Entrepreneurship 2017.

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, 73rd in the world

Ranked 73rd in the world as reported in Financial Times Masters in Management 2017 ranking survey.

MSc Finance, 5th in the UK

Our MSc in Finance was ranked 5th in the UK and 27th in the world in the Financial Times Global Masters in Finance 2017 ranking.

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MBA, 11th in the world

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

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 – 10th in the UK

In 2017 The Economist Which MBA? ranking placed the Lancaster MBA 10th in the UK.


In addition, our MSc Management programme is ranked 29th in the world in the Economist's Masters in Management 2017 Ranking.

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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.