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The 6 Best Business Schools In London

If you’ve got your sights set on an MBA or business master's in the UK, look no further than its capital city. Here are six of the best business schools in London

Thu Mar 16 2023

Why study an MBA or business master's in London?

The UK capital is one of the largest cities in Europe by population, one of the world’s biggest financial centers, and has a vibrant history and culture that draws students from all over the world. There are many reasons to study in London; the only question is which business school you should choose. 

To help you decide, we compiled a list of the top business schools in London. All schools on this list have their main campus in the Greater London area, include an MBA program as part of their course offering, and are accredited by at least one of the main three accreditation bodies: AMBA, AACSB, or EQUIS.

Here are the six best business schools in London, according to our research:

Best B-Schools In London

6. Westminster Business School


MBA program cost: $23,000

Accreditation: AMBA

Westminster is the seat of the UK parliament, and has therefore enjoyed a central role in UK public life for centuries. It is also home to Westminster Business School at the University of Westminster. 

The Westminster MBA does not require extensive work experience to enrol, instead welcoming ambitious early-career professionals and recent grads who want to kick-start their careers. The program includes a CV-boosting three-month ‘Management in Action’ internship and a week-long international consulting project.

5. Kingston Business School, London


MBA program cost: $29,000

Accreditation: AACSB, AMBA

If you want the conveniences of London life but don’t want to be in the noisy center of the city, Kingston-upon-Thames is the place to go. Situated on the River Thames in the south west of the city, it is known as one of the safest places to live in London.

The MBA at Kingston University focuses heavily on practical learning, with all students participating in a Management Consultancy Project. It also offers an optional year-long placement after the first year of the course—this is good news for international students, as the work placement is assessed, and therefore covered by a Tier 4 visa!

4. Brunel Business School


MBA cost: $33,200

Accreditation: AACSB, AMBA

QS MBA Ranking: 151-200

Situated in Uxbridge, a university town within the broader embrace of Greater London, Brunel Business School is a great option whether you’re looking for an MBA or a specialized master’s degree. The school offers a host of options alongside their MBA, including master’s programs in Artificial Intelligence Strategy and Global Supply Chain Management.

The Brunel MBA itself is a one-year intensive course best suited to those with more advanced work experience behind them, requiring at least three years’ experience at managerial or professional level. 

Read: Top 10 Most Affordable MBA Programs In The UK


3. Bayes Business School (formerly Cass Business School)


MBA cost: $64,900

Accreditation: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

Financial Times MBA Ranking: 66 ; QS MBA Ranking: =95 

The triple-accredited Bayes Business School is located in St Luke’s, close to the Barbican and the ‘Silicon Roundabout’: the cluster of high-tech companies surrounding Old Street station.

The school boasts £10 million ($12.9 million) in its entrepreneurship venture capital fund, a definite attraction for any budding startup leaders, and is ranked as the second best MBA in London for value for money by the Financial Times.

2. Imperial College Business School 


MBA cost: $74,300

Accreditation: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

Financial Times MBA Ranking: 37 ; QS MBA Ranking: 21

Nestled in the heart of London’s museum quarter in South Kensington, Imperial College Business School boasts triple accreditation and strong performances across business school rankings—though the school did fall from the top 10 in the QS MBA ranking in 2023. 

One of the best business schools in London, Imperial has a strong focus on innovation, with all students participating in the Imperial Innovation Challenge. This is a one-week immersion during which MBAs are tasked with using business model innovation to create economic disruption that has a positive impact on the environment and society.

Imperial also offers the best value for money among London-based business schools, according to the FT. 

WATCH: How To Get Into Imperial College Business School

1. London Business School


MBA cost: $132,600

Accreditation: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

Financial Times MBA Ranking: 16 ; QS MBA Ranking: 5

With its home by Regent’s Park, right in the center of the city, London Business School (LBS) is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. Both its MBA and MiM programs are consistently ranked among the best in the world, and the 2022 MBA class boasted a 94% placement rate just three months after graduation.

One of the key attractions to the LBS MBA, aside from its global reputation and rank as the best MBA in London, is its flexibility. Students are able to tailor the duration of their MBA to their career plan, as the program offers flexible exit points at 15, 18, and 21 months. 

There are also many different options for students to gain work experience at LBS, whether from internships with the school’s corporate partners, or by taking part in the Entrepreneurship Summer School to access mentor support and investment opportunities. 

Whether you’re a city-loving startup leader, or an early-career manager looking for a cosier campus, London has something for everyone.

Watch our interview with LBS MBA admissions director, David Simpson

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