Birmingham MBA rises in Global Rankings


The Economist’s WhichMBA? 2017 Global Rankings have today been announced, confirming Birmingham Business School’s position in the top 100, rising 14 places with a placement of 76th globally and as one of the top UK and European MBA programmes. 

This is an enviable position when compared against competitor Business Schools, with rankings putting us 12th in the UK for our full-time MBA. This, paired with our world-first accreditation from AMBA for our online MBA and our investment in a £10 million  Alan Walters Building dedicated to our postgraduate students, reflects the continued commitment of the School to our MBA programme across all variants.

The sector continues to experience a significant increase in competition which has led to significant movement across the rankings for a number of global business schools over the last few years. As a consequence of this ever-increasing competitive environment, Birmingham Business School are proud to consistently be included in the top 100 and to be one of only 17 UK Schools now featured in the Economist rankings.

Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean of Birmingham Business School, commented:

"After another competitive year it is fantastic to see Birmingham’s full-time MBA not only retain but rise in the latest Economist WhichMBA? Rankings.  Our strong position in the world’s top 100 reflects our continued investment in all areas of the programme and state of the art facilities.  We strive to continually improve and tailor our programmes to meet the needs of the ever-changing global business environment. As newly appointed Dean of Birmingham Business School I look forward to another year of growing success."

Some of the factors considered for the rankings include new careers opportunities, with Birmingham ranked 38th in the world in this area, a significant improvement on our position of 55th in 2016 putting us ahead of a number of other high-profile institutions with a placing of 4th in the UK. The School was also ranked highly in the ‘potential to network’ category, coming out 34th overall. 

Birmingham Business School offer a number of MBA programmes, including full-time, executive and online versions, as well as our overseas MBA with partners in Singapore.

The School is one of only a handful of the world’s business schools to hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB, the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). 

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