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Imperial College Business School has placed 10th in the world in the Financial Times Masters in Management 2020 ranking. This ranking result is an increase of four places on last year, a tremendous achievement and reflection on the strength of our programmes.

Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School, said: “In what has been a challenging year, I am very pleased to see the hard work of our staff, students and alumni recognised in this way.”

Ranking highly for international faculty and diversity

This ranking reflects our positioning as a truly global business school. Within the individual ranking criteria, Imperial was ranked number one in the world for the international makeup of its faculty.

Jolande Bot Vos, Academic Director of the MSc International Management and MSc Management programmes says:

Throughout the programme, modules are delivered by world-class faculty and top business leaders combining rigorous academic thinking with state-of-the-art business practice. Faculty who are at the forefront of their field such as Tomasso Valetti (Economics) and Paola Criscuolo (Innovation and Technology Strategy) are always very interested to discuss their latest insights with the students. 

The ranking also highlights the internationality of the Business School, with Imperial placing fifth in the world for international diversity of our student body.

Jolande says: "We have a very international learning environment with 94% of our students coming from abroad. On our Management programmes, students complete a lot of their studies in teams. Working with fellow students from around the world is both exciting and challenging, and truly prepares our students for the global workplace."

Achieving student aims and student satisfaction

The programme also enjoyed a big jump in “student aims” achieved, rising 12 places from last year to 14th, as well as scoring highly for student satisfaction.

We are pleased to see our MSc Management and MSc International Management programmes giving our students a return on their investment in studying, and that they are satisfied with our support.

Find our first hand from our students their programme highlights.

"One of the greatest opportunities that Imperial has provided me is being able to take the Luxury Brand Management elective at HEC Paris. Although the application process was very selective, it was rewarding, since I had the opportunity to have another strong brand on my CV, and to network with people that share similar interests with me."
Mehreen Diwan
MSc Management 2020
"In the Climate Change and Business Strategy elective I took, researchers from different departments of Imperial College London – from physics to engineering and geology – shared important insights into their research. It was really interesting to learn about scientific aspects of climate change as well as solutions currently being developed by researchers and engineers and connect then them to the business world."
MSc International Management 2019-20
Stephan Zeman, MSc International Management 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School

A multi-mode learning experience

The pandemic has brought a lot of challenges to universities and education, and has changed the way we can teach across the globe. Imperial College Business School hosts one of the largest departmental educational technology teams in Europe.

Thanks to our strengths in EdTech, we can deliver our students a superb educational experience in our new multi-mode format. This teaching method allows students and academics the flexibility to move between being on-campus and remote learning, either joining us on-campus or streaming live into the lecture theatre via our new state-of-the-art technological fit-out.

In the ranking announcement, Naomi O’Donnell, MSc International Management 2020-21 told the Financial Times:

I was worried that if my course was going to be taught partly online it would not have the same level of recognition among employers as if I had only studied on campus. There is a view that online courses don’t carry the same level of learning as a full-time degree. I looked at how the situation was being handled by other schools, and Imperial was one of the only ones that said early on in the process that they were well equipped for this situation.

Naomi is one of the students who have joined in the September 2020 intake studying this unique learning experience. You can read more about the “new normal” on campus and how we are adhering to health and safety guidelines.

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