Accreditation and rankings

Choosing the right business school, MBA or Masters programme is a decision that may involve a sizable investment in terms of time and money with the expectation to generate significant returns.

Therefore, it is a decision that justifies a great deal of careful selection and research. Accreditation and rankings are two key factors that may play an important role in your decision making process.

Our 'Triple-crown' accreditation

Birmingham Business School, along with just a handful of the world’s business schools, holds the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) , AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

More about our accreditors

Accreditation is a key factor to take into consideration since recognition from a leading international system of quality assessment provides a reliable indication of quality in business and management education.

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. It is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialised/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

AMBA (Association of MBAs) is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education and is the global standard for all MBA programmes. Their accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA programmes; being an accredited business school means that students and alumni have access to a range of services and benefits, including world-class events, unparalleled networking opportunities and access to a global database of knowledge and talent.
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EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is the leading international business school accreditation system with a global community of accredited business schools. Graduates who choose to study at an EQUIS accredited school can be assured they are attending an institution with high international standards of quality and that they will receive international recognition for their qualification which is extremely important in today's global environment.


Rankings are important because they are a measure of the quality of degree programmes and the student experience available. Graduating from a highly ranked business school means that your degree remains highly regarded within the global employment market and enhances your portfolio, allowing you to boost your career, and command a higher salary.

  • In the 2017 FT European Business School rankings, Birmingham Business School attained a position of 69 and a ranking of 17th out of all UK institutions listed.
  • In the 2017 Global Financial Times MBA rankings, our MBA achieved a global position of 97 and a ranking of 13th out of those UK Business and Management Schools that have made the FT rankings. 
  • In the 2017 Economist ''Which MBA' rankings of the world's leading MBA programmes, we are ranked 76th globally, 12th in the UK and 23rd in Europe, with high scores in a number of categories including increase in salary, personal development, educational experience and the quality of our faculty.
  • In the Guardian University Guide 2018 we are ranked 15th in the UK University league table.
  • In The Complete University Guide 2018 we are ranked 16th out of the UK Institutions and rank in the top 20 for Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies and Economics.
  • In the QS Global Rankings, our MBA programme has a European ranking of 42 (out of 74) institutions. 

Professional Partners and Associated Bodies

Birmingham Business School and its programmes and courses are also associated with and recognised by a wide range of professional partners.

View our partners and associated bodies

Below are a selection of partners and bodies associated with degrees and programmes offered at Birmingham Business School.

  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) - an independent business within the Economist Group. Through research and analysis they offer forecasting and advisory services to its clients.
  • ICAEW - a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 140,000 chartered accountants worldwide. Our Accounting and Finance BSc degree course can offer exemptions for ICAEW professional exams.
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulate the financial services industry in the UK. Their aim is to protect consumers, ensure the industry remains stable and promote healthy competition between financial services providers.
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) - the leading professional body for marketers worldwide, CIM exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. Students on the BSc Business Management with Marketing programme will have the chance to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway