Business and Economics

At Loughborough Business School we are committed to developing well-rounded, highly sought after graduates, equipped to achieve your career ambitions and to make the world a better place. All around the globe our graduates help businesses, organisations and governments improve performance and make better decisions.

Top 10 in the UK for Business and Management The Guardian League Table 2024
Top 15 in the UK for Accounting and Finance Complete University Guide 2024
Top 15 in the UK for Economics Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
£31,500 Average annual salary 15 months post-graduation Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2021 graduates (UK domiciled first degree students)

Join a top 10 UK business school

By choosing Loughborough you will join one of the UK’s leading business schools, consistently ranked highly in national league tables.

We aim to provide an exceptional learning experience and work with hundreds of organisations worldwide to ensure our teaching is informed by the latest best practice and research insights.

All our business courses are four-year degrees with a built-in 'placement year' in year three. Our economics courses can be studied as a three-year degree, or as a four-year degree with a 'placement year'.

On all our business and economics courses you will encounter a rich diversity of teaching and learning experiences, from lectures and tutorials to syndicate discussion groups, presentations, workshops, supervised computer sessions, and visiting speakers from industry and commerce.

Links with industry

Loughborough was one of the pioneers of integrating placements into its degrees and now has over 40 years of experience doing this. All our business students spend a year on a salaried professional placement or alternatively studying at one of our partner universities around the world as an integral part of their four-year course. Our economics students have the option of extending their course to a four-year degree by taking a salaried placement year or studying overseas.

Whilst it is the student’s responsibility to secure a placement, our dedicated Placements Office is here to help and works with hundreds of employers worldwide, with many companies specifically targeting us for placement students. 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.

Typically about a third of students are offered a graduate job with their placement employer. Those wishing to study abroad can choose from over 40 partner institutions around the world, developing highly prized intercultural skills that employers are looking for.

There are lots of options on how the year on placement or studying overseas is structured too; you could spend one year on placement (up to three placements) or six months on placement and six months studying abroad. You can even do a self-employed ‘Year in Enterprise’ where you create and manage your own start-up business.


Loughborough is a triple accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) UK business school. These international accreditations validate the high quality of education offered on our business and economics courses, from teaching and research to student support and facilities. We also hold the Chartered Association of Business School’s ‘Small Business Charter’ for our work in enterprise.

Career opportunities

Graduates from our business and economics courses are in great demand. In The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, Loughborough is among the top 10 universities in the UK for 'graduate prospects' in Business, Management and Marketing, and Accounting and Finance. Our graduates have an average salary of £31,500 per year 15 months post-graduation* and many go on to hold senior positions in major companies.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2021 graduates – UK domiciled, first degree students.

Helping you to develop your employability

Our aim is to inspire and develop the business and economics leaders of the future, so we make every effort to help you develop your employability both inside and outside of the classroom.

Every course includes a core module that will equip you with key skills in how to study effectively, secure a placement and develop your employability.

In addition, several of our courses include specialist modules to develop your critical thinking, research and communication skills, as well as leadership and professional development. There are also modules in entrepreneurship to help those with aspirations to start or develop their own businesses.

A culture of enterprise

We encourage a spirit of enterprise here at Loughborough. It’s a key part of the Loughborough experience and can really boost your job prospects.

There are lots of opportunities available through student enterprise, clubs and societies, as well as through Loughborough's Careers Network.

You can also join Loughborough Enterprise Network which thrives on campus with a range of extracurricular activities including business planning competitions, events and support services for students with real business ideas.