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
  • Undergraduate Courses
  • 17 Master's Programmes
  • MBA Programmes
  • 25 + Partner Universities
  • 6,000 + Alumni Network
  • 2000 + Global Corporate Connections
  • 7 Academic Groups
  • Research Centres
  • 8 Research Interest Groups

First-class teaching

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

Excellent Graduate Employability

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2022

  • 14th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Accounting and Finance

  • 10th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Business, Management and Finance
  • 15th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Economics

Complete University Guide, 2022

 

  • 17th in the UK for 'Graduate Prospects' in Accounting and Finance
  • 10th in the UK for 'Graduate Prospects' in Businses and Management Studies
  • 27th in the UK for 'Graduate Prospects' in Economics

 

The Guardian University League Table, 2022

  • 18th in the UK for 'Career after 15 months' in Accounting and Finance
  • 8th in the UK for 'Career after 15 months' in Business, Management and Marketing
  • 24th in the UK for 'Career after 15 months' in Economics

QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020

  • 1st in the UK for employer-student connections
  • 20th globally for employer-student connections

 

Outstanding student satisfaction

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2022

  • 26th in the UK for 'Student Experience' in Accounting and Finance
  • 9th in the UK for 'Student Experience' in Business, Management and Finance
  • 12th in the UK for 'Student Experience' in Economics

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020

  • 7th in UK for 'Student Experience' in Accounting and Finance
  • 5th in UK for 'Student Experience' in Business Studies
  • 3rd in UK for 'Student Experience' in Economics

Outstanding overall satisfaction in Finance, Management Studies, Accounting and Economics (NSS, 2020)

  • 1st in UK for overall satisfaction* in Finance in the National Student Survey 2020
  • 6th in UK for overall satisfaction* in Management studies in the National Student Survey 2020
  • Top-20 in the UK for overall satisfaction* in both Accounting and Economics in the National Student Survey 2020

*Based on English HEIs including specialists but excluding FECs and alternate providers

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 Good University Guide 2022

  • 9th for Business, Management and Marketing
  • 16th for Accounting and Finance
  • 14th for Economics

Complete University Guide 2022

  • 11th for Business & Management Studies
  • 11th for Accounting and Finance
  • 17th for Economics

Guardian University Guide 2022

  • 7th for Business, Management and Marketing
  • 12th for Accounting and Finance
  • 20th for Economics

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020

  • Loughborough University was ranked 4th in the UK for postgraduate study

QS World University Rankings 2021

International QS Stars Scheme 2020

  • Loughborough University is a Five Stars Plus institution in the International QS Stars Scheme 2020 – one of only 13 worldwide
  • Awarded 5* for research
  • Awarded 5* for teaching
  • Awarded 5* for internationalisation
  • Awarded 5* for facilities
  • Awarded 5* for employability
  • Awarded 5* for innovation
  • Awarded 5* for inclusiveness
  • Awarded 5* for library and information management

International esteem

Our Accreditations

Triple-Accreditation

Loughborough is proud 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 international accreditations 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.

PRME

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
  • 3rd in the UK for graduate-level employability in Economics (Guardian University League Tables 2018)
  • 95% of Accounting and Finance graduates in graduate level jobs within 6 months (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
  • 90% of Business, Management & Marketing graduates in graduate level jobs within 6 months (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
  • The School has a corporate client approach towards executive education and more than 15 years’ experience tailoring programmes for prestigious blue-chip companies