Business and Economics

At Loughborough we aim to develop the managers, economists and leaders of the future. All around the world our highly sought-after graduates help businesses, organisations and governments improve performance and make better decisions. We aim to aim to inspire you to make the world a better place throughout your career. We'll help you realise your career ambitions and challenge you to be the best you can be.

Top 20 in the UK for Accounting and Finance Complete University Guide 2023
Top 10 in the UK for Business and Management The Guardian League Table 2023
Top 150 in the world for Business and Management Studies QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
86% of Business and Management research rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF 2021

Join a top 10 UK business school

As a triple accredited (AACBS, EQUIS, AMBA) Top10 UK business school we are committed to developing well-rounded, highly sought-after graduates equipped to succeed in today’s global economy.

We offer a truly global perspective in our teaching and will equip you with lifelong skills that enable you to adapt quickly to new challenges, make confident decisions, innovate working practices, identify opportunities and open up a world of possibilities for your future career.

Many of our taught programmes include practical projects, as well as guest lectures and workshops from industry partners. You’ll also typically have the opportunity to broaden your horizons by accessing the range of extra-curricular corporate masterclasses as and when these are organised by the School. All of this contributes to a lively, supportive and enriching learning environment.

Research degrees

In addition to our exciting range of taught programmes, there are also a variety of funded and unfunded opportunities to join the School of Business and Economics as a doctoral researcher. You can develop your own unique research proposal or browse our current list of PhD opportunities – either way, we’d love to hear from you.

Browse our PhD opportunities

Research and teaching

We’ve cultivated a research culture which aims to inspire and support

Integral to the School’s philosophy is developing research of the highest level that both informs academia and is also instrumental in helping shape and influence the wider world. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 86% of our business and management research is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Our inspiring and supportive academic community enables students and staff to explore the latest challenges confronting businesses and governments today.

You'll be taught by expert academics

Our students also benefit from being taught by expert academic staff, many of whom have first-hand experience in business, finance, management and government policy. Our academics bring the latest cutting-edge research insights into the classroom, as well as insights into commercial best practice from our work with over 2000 organisations around the world.

Links with industry

Many programmes also offer practical projects, guest lectures and workshops from industry partners, and extracurricular corporate masterclasses. Several of our programmes have also been designed in partnership with leading blue-chip companies making to ensure they are tailored to what employers are looking for.

The School has also collaborated with EFMD Global Network to offer students an international search engine for internships, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions in companies worldwide.


You'll be able to access facilities across campus, from our first-class library to spacious study areas, computer labs and the latest audio-visual equipment to support teaching and learning.

Those studying our finance degrees also have access to our Trading Room, which incorporates Thomson-Reuters Eikon financial trading software, enabling you to practically apply concepts learned during the programme.


Loughborough is among a small number of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. These rankings and accreditations internationally validate the quality of education offered, from teaching and research to student support and facilities. We also hold the UK’s Chartered Association of Business Schools’ ‘Small Business Charter’ for our work in enterprise.

Many of our programmes are directly accredited by, recognised or affiliate members of relevant professional bodies and provide exemptions from professional exams. Examples of these include ABP, BPS, CIM, CIMA, CFA and CIPD.

Career opportunities

We have a reputation among employers for producing well-rounded, highly employable graduates ready to make a difference.

As a postgraduate with us you'll have access to our award-winning careers centre with a global vacancy database of leading recruiters. We also host one of the UK’s largest careers fairs on campus, typically hosting approximately 200 employers.

Our postgraduate programmes equip you with lifelong skills that help you open up a world of possibilities for your career.

Example graduate destinations across all our taught programmes include:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch, Merchandising Manager
  • BAE Systems, Finance
  • Bank of China, Senior Manager
  • Capgemini, Business Technology Consultant
  • Deloitte, Business Analyst
  • Deutsche Bank, Analyst
  • EDF Tax, Tax Analyst
  • GFI, Stockbroker
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Technical Analyst
  • KPMG, Audit Associate
  • Lyons Davidson, Accountant
  • Marks & Spencer, Forecast Planner
  • Neptunes, Project Coordinator
  • NHS General Management Trainee
  • Nomura, Client Information Analyst
  • P&G, Product Supply Assistant
  • Santander, Business Analyst Manager
  • Siemens, Finance Officer
  • Webcite, Digital Marketing Assistant

Example graduate destinations from our doctoral programme:

  • HM Revenue & Customs, Senior Policy and Technical Advisor
  • KWS Group (Germany), Global Expert Customer Insights and Pricing; and Brand and Analytics Manager, Project Lead Digital Transformation
  • ESMD Global Network, Consultant
  • Bosch, Sourcing Manager
  • The British University in Egypt, Lecturer
  • Trakya University, Turkey, Lecturer
  • Bangkok University, Lecturer
  • Queen’s University Belfast, Lecturer