Imperial College London is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world

The Business School is a key player in business education, offering a full range of courses and degrees, and conducting research that benefits from being in the world’s leading financial and business capital. It consistently ranks among the top business schools in Europe and worldwide.


Imperial College Business School is amongst just one per cent of business schools worldwide to have been accredited by the three largest, and most influential, business school accreditation associations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We are also one of the first business schools to receive a department level Bronze Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit(ECU), in recognition of our commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

To receive a copy of our Athena SWAN Bronze Award application, please contact our Education Quality Team.

Programme rankings

The strength of our teaching is reflected by our high position in rankings. In the past 10 years, Imperial College London has consistently ranked in the top five in Europe:

  • 3rd in Europe and 11th in the world in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
  • 8th in the world in QS World University Rankings 2021
Financial Times Full-Time MBA 2021 (published in February)
Ranking in World 44
Ranking in Europe 13
Financial Times Masters in Finance 2020 (published in June)
Ranking in World 9
Ranking in Europe 8
Financial Times Online MBA 2021 (published March)
Ranking in World 3
Ranking in Europe 3
Financial Times Masters in Management 2020 (published in September 2020)
Ranking in World 10
Financial Times Executive MBA 2020 (published in November)
Ranking in World 30
Ranking in Europe 16
Financial Times European Business School 2020 (published in December)
Ranking in Europe 18
QS Online MBA 2021 (published in April)
Ranking in World 2
Ranking in Europe 2
QS Full-Time MBA 2021 (published in September 2020)
Ranking in World 22
Ranking in Europe 9
QS MSc Marketing 2021 (published in September 2020)
Ranking in World 3
QS MSc Management 2021 (published in September 2020)
Ranking in World 8
QS MSc Finance 2021 (published in September 2020)
Ranking in World 12
Forbes Ranking of 1 Year International MBA Programmes 2019 (published in September in alternate years)
Ranking in World 11
Ranking in Europe 10
Ranking in UK 4
América Economía Full-Time MBA 2020 (published in June)
Ranking in World 14
Ranking in Europe 8
Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools* 2019 (published in December)
Ranking in Europe 13

*The Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools ranking evaluates full-time MBA programmes.

Student numbers 

Programme Figures
MBA programmes 605
Management Master’s 167
Finance Master’s 511
Specialised Master’s 637
Doctoral 68
Joint honours and intercalated BSc 121

International Reach

Imperial College Business School is proud to attract a high percentage of international students and faculty, building academic and alumni networks across the globe.

Programme % of international students
Full-time MBA 78
Weekend MBA 53
Executive MBA 37
Global Online MBA 82
MSc Business Analytics 92
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance 74
MSc Economics & Strategy for Business 93
MSc Finance 89
MSc Finance & Accounting 92
MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management 91
MSc International Health Management 81
MSc Investment & Wealth Management 92
MSc Management 81
MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 94
MSc Strategic Marketing 94
Doctoral 56