Top business schools in UK: If you are planning to make a career in the management domain with an international MBA degree, then the UK can be the best destination as it is home to some of the world’s top-rated business schools. Every year, the top business schools in UK have been attracting thousands of international students.
A significant part of the country’s education sector, the UK Business schools boast of accreditations from internationally recognised bodies like the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and thus ensure high quality in terms of business education.
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On filtering the Financial Times’ league table for the top business schools in UK, we find that nine business schools from UK are in the top 50 with the London Business School appearing at the second place globally. According to the latest Full time MBA ranking published by the Economist, the SaÃ¯d Business School of Oxford University is the best business school in UK. According to ARWU, there are four UK business schools in top 50.
Careers360 brings you a list of the top business schools in UK, which students seeking an MBA degree from UK business schools can refer to in order to get information on application processes of these B-schools.
Top business schools in UK
1. London Business School
Leading the list of the top business schools in UK, the London Business School is consistently ranked among the world’s best universities for management studies. According to Financial Times ranking for the best business schools 2015, the London Business School ranked the second best B-school on the globe and the first in UK. Even in the Economist’s MBA ranking 2015, LBS makes it to the top 25 names. Accredited by the AACSB, the London Business School is consistently named among the world’s elite business schools for the quality of education system it offers.
Courses Offered: MBA, Executive MBA, EMBA-Global, Masters in Management, Global Masters in Management, Masters in Financial Analysis, Masters in Finance, Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy.
Duration and Tuition Fees:
15 to 21 months
When and how to apply for MBA?
There are four rounds of applications for MBA admissions in London School of Business. Below are the tentative deadline details of all the application rounds:
Interview decision sent on
Admission decision sent on
Prerequisites for international application: To apply for full-time MBA admissions at London Business School, an applicant must have a valid scores of GMAT(700) /GRE, as well as scores of English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL (Internet-based Test), IELTS, CPE, PTE (Pearson Test of English), CAE.
2. Judge Business School - University of Cambridge
One of the oldest and top business schools in UK, the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) is a highly preferred MBA education hub among international students. The CJBS MBA programme is accredited by AMBA and EQUIS, two internationally recognized independent auditors who assess the quality of MBA programmes around the world. The Financial Times has rated CJBS among the global top 20 management schools in the world.
Courses Offered: MBA, Master of Finance (MFin), Executive MBA, Executive Education, and PhD & Research Masters. Apart from these, the CJBS also offers Professional Practice Masters and Diplomas such as MPhil Management, MPhil Technology Policy, MSt Social Innovation and Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
Duration and Tuition Fees for full-time MBA:
There are five rounds of applications for MBA admissions at Judge Business School. Interested students may apply through any one of these rounds. Here are the tentative deadline details for the same:
Prerequisites for international application:
An applicant must have valid scores for the following exams.
Minimum Score Requirement
7.5 with minimum level 7.0 for
Speaking, Reading and Writing
110 with no element below 25
3. SaÃ¯d Business School - University of Oxford
Internationally accredited by the AACSB and AMBA, Said Business School (SBS) is consistently ranked among the top business schools in UK, according to the MBA ranking 2015 conducted by the Economist. The Financial Times has placed SaÃ¯d Business Schoolat the 24th position in the league table for Global MBA Ranking 2015, which subsequently positioned it at the 3rd place in the list of the top business schools in UK.
Courses Offered: Oxford MBA, Executive MBA programme for senior executives, Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies, Oxford Diplomas in Strategic Management, Specialist MSc in Financial Economics programme
How and when to apply for Oxford MBA?
The application process for MBA at SaÃ¯d Business School requires applicants to apply via an online application form along with a non-refundable application fee of Â£150. There are six stages of applications for MBA admissions at SaÃ¯d Business School. Students may apply for any one of these stages. Here are the tentative deadline details for the same:
Interview decision by
Final decision by
650 or above
110 with Writing 24, Speaking 25, Reading 24, Listening 22
4. Imperial College Business School
A leading business school in the European region, the Imperial College Business School has remained unchanged from its position in the first 4 of the top business schools in UK, as analysed by the Financial Times for its latest Global MBA Ranking. According to FT, the Imperial College Business School is the 11th best B-school in Europe.
Courses Offered: The Imperial College Business School offers Postgraduate programmes in study areas like MBA, Management and Finance Master. The school also offers some specialised masters such as MSc Business Analytics, MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, MSc International Health Management, MSc Strategic Marketing.
Imperial MBA (full time)
How and when to apply for Imperial MBA?
Imperial College Business School opens 4 rounds application process for admissions to its full-time MBA programme, and their tentative deadline details are as follow:
Interview dates (week commencing)
Notification of decisions (week commencing)
600 or above
A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements
A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements
5. Alliance Manchester Business School
A division of the University of Manchester, the Alliance Manchester Business School is considered among the highly-ranked top business schools in UK as evidenced by the 2015 MBA rankings conducted by the FT, the Economist and ARWU. Alliance MBS is one among the very few institutions worldwide that has received accreditation from all the three major business education bodies - AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS. In FT Global MBA Ranking 2015 league table, the Alliance MBS finds place among the global top 50 B-schools and hence among the top business schools in UK.
Courses Offered: Apart from full-time MBA and Executive MBA, the other master's courses Alliance MBS offer are MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management, MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research & Risk Analysis, MSc Business Psychology, MSc Corporate Communications & Reputation Management, MSc Finance & Business Economics, MSc Finance, MSc Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations, MSc International Human Resource Management & Comparative Industrial Relations, MSc Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, MSc International Business & Management, MSc Management, MSc Marketing, MSc Operations, Project & Supply Chain Management, MSc Organisational Psychology, MSc Quantitative Finance
Â£41,000 / $64,575
How and when to apply for full-time MBA at Alliance Manchester Business School?
To apply for MBA admissions at the Alliance Manchester Business School, applicants have to complete an online application process. The school has 8 stages of applications for full-time MBA admissions. The tentative deadlines for these application stages are as follows:
Interview Decision Date
NOTE: Stage 7 is the final deadline for applicants from overseas countries.
Being one of the top business schools in UK, the application process is competitive and intakes are limited. Hence, students are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid failing for admission.
CPE or CAE (Cambridge):
India Standard XII Examination
630 0r above
Overall 90 with 20 in listening, writing, reading and speaking
Overall 6.5 with 6.0 in listening, writing, reading and speaking
Overall 59 - 65 with 59 in listening, writing, reading and speaking
65% in English
6. Warwick Business School - The University of Warwick
With a mission to achieve an international reputation for high quality education and research in management and business, the Warwick Business School has maintained a constant headway to be among the top business schools in UK. It is one of the very limited business schools worldwide that are facilitated with the 'triple crown' accreditation of AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. According to the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2015, the Warwick Business School is the 38th best B-school in the world and 6th in the UK.
Courses Offered: Among the postgraduate courses of Warwick Business School are MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Accounting & Finance, MSc Business (Consulting), MSc Business (Finance & Accounting), MSc Business (Leadership), MSc Business (Marketing), MSc Business Analytics, MSc Finance, MSc Finance Part-time, London, MSc Finance & Economics, MSc Financial Mathematics, MSc Human Resource Management & Employment Relations, MSc Information Systems Management & Innovation, MSc International Business, MSc Management and MSc Marketing & Strategy
How and when to apply for full-time MBA at WBS?
To commence study in Fall (Semester) term, international students have to apply well before the end of May using the Online Application Form.
If English not your first language, you are required to submit scores of English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL (Internet-based Test), IELTS, PTE Academic, Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced and India Standard XII Examination.
Overall 100 with minimum component scores L21, R22, W21, S23
Overall 7.0 with all four language components have to be scored 6.0+
Overall 70 with 51+ in every section
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