School of Business and Economics

About us

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Key facts about the School of Business and Economics

Since receiving its Royal Charter in 1966, Loughborough University has held an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.
The School of Business and Economics has been delivering outstanding programmes and conducting world-leading research since its inception as a School of Management in 1971.

The School of Business and Economics is increasingly recognised as one of the brightest and best business schools in the UK. It seeks to provide high quality management education and research that is tailored to the demands of today’s business environment.

At a glance

  • 1,800 + Undergraduate Students
  • 650 + Postgraduate Taught Students
  • 100 + Doctoral Research Students
  • 140 + Academic Faculty
  • 13 Undergraduate Courses
  • 17 Masters Programmes
  • MBA Programme
  • 25 + Partner Universities
  • 6,000 + Alumni Network
  • 400 + Global Corporate Connections
  • Executive Education Specialist Areas
  • Research Centres
  • 11 Research Interest Groups
  • Discipline Groups

First-class teaching

  • Loughborough University awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (HEFCE 2017)

Excellent business relevance

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018

  • 2nd in UK for Graduate Prospects in Accounting and Finance
  • 2nd in UK for Graduate Prospects in Business Studies
  • 4th in UK for Graduate Prospects in Economics
  • 1st in UK for Graduate Prospects in Librarianship and Information Management

Complete University Guide, 2018

  • 1st in UK for Graduate Prospects in Accounting and Finance 
  • 2nd in UK for Graduate Prospects in Business and Management Studies 
  • 2nd in UK for Graduate Prospects in Librarianship and Information Management

The Guardian University League Table, 2018

  • 3rd in UK for graduate-level employability in Economics
  • 90% of Accounting and Finance graduates in graduate level jobs within 6 months
  • 91% of Business, Management & Marketing graduates in graduate level jobs within 6 months 

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE), 2016

  • 98% of employed Business graduates are in Professional/Managerial roles 
  • 97% of employed Economic graduates are in Professional/Managerial jobs 

Outstanding student satisfaction

  • 1st for Business Studies (NSS 2017)
  • 1st for Information Services (NSS 2017)
  • 97% for Accounting (NSS 2017)
  • 90% Overall Satisfaction in Finance (NSS 2017)
  • Top 5 in England for Management Studies (NSS 2017)
  • Top 10 in Economics (NSS 2017)

World-leading research

  • 75% of our Business and Management research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014)
  • 100% of our Information Management research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014)
  • We placed 13th out of more than 100 institutions that submitted Business and Management entries, based on ‘research power’ (REF 2014)

Top-ten in UK for Business, Economics, Marketing and Management, Information Management, Accounting and Finance

The Times and Sunday Times University League 2018

  • 1st for Librarianship and Information Management
  • 5th for Finance and Accounting
  • 6th for Business Studies
  • 8th for Economics

Complete University Guide 2018

  • 1st for Librarianship and Information Management
  • 7th for Accounting and Finance
  • 8th for Business & Management Studies
  • 12th for Economics

Guardian University Guide 2018

  • 5th for Accounting and Finance
  • 7th for Business, Management and Marketing
  • 13th for Economics

In the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) - scores based on the mean scores for 'overall satisfaction' with their experience of university

  • 1st for Business
  • 1st for Information Services
  • 6th for Management studies
  • 7th for Economics
  • 10th for Accounting
  • 19th for Finance

International esteem

Our Accreditations


As of 1 Dec 2017, Loughborough is among just 86 of the estimated 15,000 business schools (source: EFMD) in the world (21 in the UK) to hold AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accreditation.

This puts Loughborough among just 1% of business schools in the world to hold triple-accreditation (AACBS, EQUIS, AMBA).

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • The Association of MBAs (AMBA)

These prestigious accreditations internationally validate the quality of education offered, from teaching and research to student support and facilities.

Small Business Charter

Loughborough is among an elite group of business schools to hold the Small Business Charter Award from the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

The award recognizes the depth and effectiveness of business engagement and business support that we offer and our commitment to supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.


Additionally, and most recently, the School has become a proud signtory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Please note that the accreditations listed on this page are School-wide accreditations. Individual programmes may also have programme-level accreditation which will be outlined on individual programmes pages.

The Accreditations Team at the SBE:

Enviable links with industry

  • UK’s leading Business School for year-long placements - The highest percentage of undergraduate business students on placement of any UK university
  • 4th in the UK for employability of Business, Management and Marketing graduates (Guardian University League Tables 2016)
  • 3rd in the UK for employability of Accounting and Finance graduates (Guardian University League Tables 2016)
  • The School has a corporate client approach towards executive education and more than15 years’ experience tailoring programmes for prestigious blue-chip companies