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Top 10 UK Universities in Business and Economics 2020

Seeking a degree in business, management, accounting, finance or economics in the UK? Check out this most recent list of the top 10 UK universities in 2020 in these fields according to the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 by Subject Business and Economics.

What’s the THE Rankings by Subject?

The table of the THE World University Rankings by Subject: Business and Economics shows the universities that are leading across business and management, accounting and finance, and economics and econometrics subjects. This type of university ranking uses the same 13 performance indicators in the overall World University Rankings, grouped into 5 areas: Teaching, Research, Citations, International outlook and Industry income.

So, let’s explore the top 10 UK universities in business and economics in 2020!

1. University of Oxford

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For the past few years, Oxford has been named the No.1 university in the world, and it is also the oldest university in the English-speaking countries. The university has a distinctive collegiate structure and Oxford alumni benefit from belonging both to this large, internationally-renowned university and its interdisciplinary academic community.

As for the Oxford business school, Saïd Business School, it was established in 1996 with the generous donation from Syrian-Saudi businessman and philanthropist, Wafic Saïd. The school is Oxford's centre of learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students in business, management and finance.

2. University of Cambridge

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Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the 4th oldest surviving university in the world and the 2nd oldest university in the English-speaking world. Cambridge is also the 2nd top university in the world, according to the THE World University Rankings 2019.

Cambridge Judge Business School is considered to be particularly strong in entrepreneurship and innovation management.

3. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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LSE is globally ranked 26th in the THE World University Rankings 2019. One of the most interesting facts about LSE is that 18 Nobel Prize Winners have taught or studied at this prestigious school, including the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw and the economist Professor Christopher Pissarides.

The top 4 industries for LSE graduates are Banking and Finance, Research and Education, Politics and Government, and Consultancy.

4. University College London (UCL)


UCL is the 14th top university in the world according to the THE World University Rankings 2019. It was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion, and women on equal terms with men. There have been 29 Nobel Prize laureates amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff to date.

UCL School of Management offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programs in management, entrepreneurship, information management for business, management science and business analytics.

5. University of Warwick


Ranked 79th in the world in 2019, the University of Warwick is actually based in the outskirts of the city of Coventry. Its campus is only 30 minutes away from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Warwick Business School (WBS) is one of the most prestigious business schools in Europe and it’s also the largest department of the University. It is situated on an attractively landscaped campus of 300 hectares, three miles from Coventry city center.

WBS offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Accounting, Finance, International Business and Management.

6. University of Manchester

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The University of Manchester is the 57th best university in the world according to the THE World University Rankings. The university has a rich academic heritage, with 25 Nobel laureates among their current and former staff and students.

Its business school, Alliance Manchester Business School, was one of the UK's first two business schools. It offers world-class research and industry-focused education at all levels - from undergraduate to CEO.

7. University of Edinburgh

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The University of Edinburgh (UoE) is ranked 29th in the THE World University rankings 2019. Founded in 1583, UoE is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The University of Edinburgh Business School offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education programs in business and management and provides a platform for research, discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues.

8. University of Sussex

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The University of Sussex is placed 161st in the world, in the THE World University Rankings 2019. Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961.

The University of Sussex Business School is housed in the Jubilee Building - the newest academic building at Sussex. Their work draws on management, economics, science, technology and innovation studies, to make an impact on the future of people and institutions.

9. University of Nottingham

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The University of Nottingham is one of the largest institutions of its kind in the UK, with a student population in the tens of thousands. The University is placed 149th in the THE World University Ranking 2019.

Nottingham University Business School is an international leader in finance and management education and a pioneer in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.

10. Lancaster University

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The University of Leeds is among the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the UK. Leeds teaching staff have been awarded 26 National Teaching Fellowships – more than any other university in the UK.

Leeds University Business School is a leading, full-service business school, regularly world ranked by leading global league tables. It’s also one of a small number of schools worldwide to be triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

You’re one step closer to studying at top UK universities! Check out the best course for you in business and economics and speak with your IDP counsellor today to find the best UK university that matches your aspirations!

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