Financial Times ranks Full-time MBA in Europe's top 15

30 January 2017

  • WBS in Top 15 in Europe and Top 10 in UK in latest FT MBA rankings
  • WBS has improved in nine of 20 criteria used in the rankings
  • It is joint third in Employed at three months category
  • FT Research rank up 14 places to third in the UK, 29th in the world

The Financial Times has ranked Warwick Business School’s Full-time MBA in the top 15 in Europe and in the UK’s top 10.

WBS has risen two places to 44th in the world in the newspaper’s annual rankings and up one place to seventh in the UK to leave it 15th in Europe.

The jump up the ranking follows The Economist rating the school’s Full-time MBA the best in the UK and 20th in the world, while its Distance learning MBA was named the best in the UK and second in the world by the Financial Times.

Related course: Full-time MBA

Professor Andy Lockett, Dean of Warwick Business School, said: “This improved ranking is a testament to the hard work of the staff and students involved.

“The Full-time MBA is an intense, challenging, but thoroughly rewarding year-long course. The students have worked extremely hard and thrown themselves into every module, while building relationships that will last a life-time and span the globe.

“We are continuing to bring in innovative teaching, with modules that involve role play and active learning in our sprung-floor drama studio, emphasise commonly neglected soft skills in modules like LeadershipPlus, and look to build a creative and entrepreneurial mindset.

“Of course we can’t do this without attracting world-class academics and highly experienced practitioners to the school. Their passion for their subjects, along with the cutting-edge research and experience they bring to the classroom, adds tremendous value.”

The quality of research by WBS academics is now rated 29th in the world by the Financial Times, a rise of 14 places.

Indeed, in nine of the 20 criteria used to compile the ranking WBS has improved, while maintaining its score in another seven, with the number of graduates employed three months after graduating remaining at 96 per cent, the second highest in the UK and eighth best in the world.

Related article: MBAs revel in Vancouver’s diversity

Similarly, International Course experience, which measures working and study experience outside the country where students are based, has risen by 13 places, taking WBS to 28th in the world. This has been boosted by the fact all Full-time MBA students now participate in a week-long stay in Vancouver in partnership with Sauder Business School.

Professor John Colley, Associate Dean for the MBA, said: “The overall picture for WBS in this latest Financial Times Full-time MBA ranking is a positive one.

“It is worth bearing in mind that schools are scored on a system which gives a 40 per cent weighting solely to salary data. However, not all our Full-time MBA students put a huge salary at the top of their aims in doing an MBA; many are studying in order to transform their career by changing sector, or moving from a functional role into board-level management, and they will achieve these aims in time with a Warwick MBA.

“Also, WBS is now third in the UK for research quality, behind only London Business School and Judge, and 29th globally – that’s a real statement of quality.

“Nevertheless, we are not complacent. We recognise that it is only with constant innovation in teaching, fed by rigorous and relevant research, that we will ensure our MBA graduates become creative, entrepreneurial and effective leaders.”

The full rankings can be found on the Financial Times website here.

Join the conversation

WBS on social media