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

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, 2023

  • 12th for 'graduate prospects' in Accounting and Finance
  • 5th for 'graduate prospects' in Business and Management Studies
  • 15th 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

  • 86% of our Business and Management research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2021)

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

QS World University Subject Rankings 2022

  • Top 150 in the world for Business and Management Studies

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 2023

  • 16th for Accounting and Finance
  • 10th for Business and Management Studies
  • 16th 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

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: