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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.

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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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Cambridge is the 4th oldest surviving university in the world. This year, Cambridge ranked 3rd in the world, coming after California Institute of Technology, from the US.

Cambridge Judge Business School is considered to be particularly strong in entrepreneurship and innovation management. The school’s innovation programs are specifically designed to enable innovation capabilities across several various areas of an organisation.

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

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This year, LSE is ranked 27th in the world, according to THE World University Rankings 2020. Did you know that LSE is associated with 18 Nobel Prize Winners? All of them have taught or studied at this renowned London-based institution.

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

4. University College London (UCL)

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UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university and England’s first university to welcome students of any religion, and women on equal terms with men. This year, UCL is globally ranked 15th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

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

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The University of Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. In THE Rankings 2020, the University of Warwick is ranked 77th in the world, rising 2 positions from its previous year ranking.

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’s situated 5km away from Coventry city centre. It 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 55th best university in the world according to the THE World University Rankings 2020. This leading international university has a rich academic heritage, with 25 Nobel laureates among their current and former staff and students. It’s the largest single-site university in the UK with the biggest student community.

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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Edinburgh is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Scotland. Over the last four centuries, the university has built an enviable reputation for excellence in both research and teaching, attracting some of the world’s leading thinkers to work and study. This year, the University of Edinburgh is ranked 30th in the Times Higher Education World University rankings 2020.

The University of Edinburgh Business School offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education programs in business and management. It also 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 has substantially improved its world ranking position, jumping from its previous position of 161st to be 146th in the world this year. Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961. The University is located on the outskirts of Brighton, within easy reach of London and major international airports at Gatwick and Heathrow.

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 Surrey

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The University of Surrey was established in 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, however, its roots go back to the 19th century. Located in the vibrant town of Guildford, England, Surry offers exceptional teaching and practical learning to inspire students for personal and professional success.

Surrey Business School is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Thus, the school confirms its commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

10. University of Leeds

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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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