Business and Economics

At the School of Business and Economics, we are committed to developing well-rounded, highly sought-after graduates equipped to succeed in today’s global economy. All around the world our graduates help businesses, organisations and governments improve performance and make better decisions.

Top-15 in the UK for Accounting and Finance The Guardian University Guide 2022
7th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing The Guardian University Guide 2022
£28,500 Average starting salary Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2018 Graduates

Join a Top 10 UK business school

If you choose to join Loughborough you will join one of the UK’s leading business schools, consistently ranked top-10 by national league table rankings in business, management, marketing, accounting and finance; and top-15 in economics.

We aim to provide an exceptional learning experience. We work with over 2,000 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 ‘placement year’ in year three. Our economics courses can be studied as a three year degree, or as a four year degree with ‘placement year’.

On all our business courses 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 of doing this. All of 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 by studying overseas.

Whilst it is the student’s responsibility to secure a placement, we work with over 2000 employers in over 20 countries and many companies specifically target us for placement students. Typically, about a third of our students are offered a graduate job with their placement employer. Those wishing to study abroad can choose from around 25 partner institutions from 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, ranging from a year on placement or study, to a combination of six months on both. 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 both our business courses and economic courses are in great demand. Loughborough is among the top 2 universities in the country for ‘graduate prospects’ in both Accounting and Finance, and Business and Management Studies (The Complete University Guide 2021). Our recent graduates have an average starting salary of 28,500 (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2018) and many of our graduates go on to hold senior positions in major companies.

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 such as critical thinking skills, research and communication, and leadership and professional development. We encourage and support you to develop your enterprise skills.

A culture of enterprise

We encourage a spirit of enterprise here at Loughborough. It’s a key part of the Loughborough experience and it 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. Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.