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, 2021

  • 10th in UK for Graduate Prospects in Business Studies

Complete University Guide, 2021

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

The Guardian University League Table, 2021

  • 18th in UK for graduate prospects* in Accounting and Finance 
  • 8th in UK for graduate prospects* in Business, Management and Marketing 
  • 24th in UK for graduate prospects* in Economics

* 'Graduate prospects' relates to 'Career in 15 months' in the Guardian University League Table, 2021

QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020

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

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE), 2016-17

  • £27,000+ average Business graduate salary
  • £27,000 average Economics graduate salary

(Mean salary, full-time UK/Channel Island first degree students in full-time graduate level employment or self-employed)

Outstanding student satisfaction

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, Accounting and Management Studies (NSS, 2019)

93% Overall satisfaction in Finance
90% Overall satisfaction in Accounting
90% Overall satisfaction in Management Studies

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 2021

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

Complete University Guide 2021

  • 1st for Librarianship and Information Management
  • 5th for Business & Management Studies
  • 9th for Accounting and Finance
  • 16th for Economics

Guardian University Guide 2021

  • 5th for Accounting and Finance
  • 6th for Business, Management and Marketing
  • 14th for Economics

QS World University Rankings 2019

International esteem

Our Accreditations


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.


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 than15 years’ experience tailoring programmes for prestigious blue-chip companies