Warwick Business second in the UK

On a high: An increase across several rankings sees WBS among the top business schools in Europe

The Financial Times has ranked Warwick Business School second in the UK and 11th in Europe.

The highly-influential business daily’s annual European Business School Ranking saw WBS climb five places with 95 schools and institutions across the continent assessed.

WBS is one of just four UK business schools ranked in Europe’s top 20 with this composite ranking based on institutions’ performance in the Financial Times’ global rankings of Full-time MBAs, Executive MBAs, Masters in Management, and custom and open-enrolment Executive Education courses. 

Andy Lockett, Dean of WBS and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, said: “This is a fantastic way to end what has been a great year for the School.

“We are for the Change Makers, producing students with the curiosity, drive and restlessness to make a difference in the world. We want our students to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to have a positive impact wherever their career journey takes them.

“Having just become the first business school in the UK to be awarded gold by Athena Swan for our gender equality work, we are determined to help students from all backgrounds and cultures reach their potential and fulfil their ambitions.”

The School’s climb up the European Business School ranking was helped by its Executive MBA being ranked third in the UK and 20th in the world in 2023. And it has built on the success of its part-time MBA by launching the Accelerator MBA at WBS London at The Shard for early and mid-career professionals who want to develop their knowledge and skills without taking significant time out of work.

Accelerator MBA candidates will also be able to complete 20 per cent of their course online using the School’s new state-of-the-art SmartStage platform, an enhanced reality learning environment.

Another boost for the School’s ranking was being placed 17th in the world for Executive Education custom programmes by the Financial Times, rising 17 places – the biggest climb by any institution.

Giving executives control with the Warwick Leadership Pathways

WBS is building on the success of its custom programmes by this year launching the Warwick Leadership Pathways, a new framework of courses that gives busy professionals more control over what they learn and when.

Executives can focus on building the skills they need on short courses at their own pace, earning fully accredited qualifications from the University of Warwick. These can be accumulated over five years to earn an Executive Diploma.

Mark Swain, Director of Executive Education, said: “Our research was ranked fifth in the UK, with 93 per cent of the School’s research outputs rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. So, leaders, managers and executives know they are learning from among the best with the very latest insight and research informing their lectures and discussions.

“Our Executive Education courses are a transformational experience and can give leaders the edge in today’s competitive environment.”