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2020 QS World University Rankings

We are pleased to announce three of Imperial College Business School’s programmes have been ranked in the global top five in their subjects in the 2020 QS World University rankings.

MSc Strategic Marketing was ranked second in the world, and MSc Business Analytics and MSc Management were both placed fifth. In addition, MSc Finance was placed 14th, and the Full-Time MBA 19th.

On the ranking results, Dean Francisco Veloso said, “It is very pleasing to see us affirm our place as a top five university in subjects across our portfolio.”

Scoring highly in diversity

In the rankings we again scored well for diversity across all programmes, reflecting our global and varied community. A diverse classroom enriches the learning experience for all students, and this is reflected as a highlight for many of them.

“Our cohort is extremely diverse not only in terms of age and nationality, but also in terms of background and work experiences. This variety in backgrounds allowed us to combine our strengths and weaknesses, to bring different mindsets together and to learn a lot every single day.”
Pinelopi Chamalelli
MSc Business Analytics 2018-19
Pinelopi Chamalelli
“The emphasis on teamwork was extremely enjoyable. This was because the diversity of group members manifested in culture and skills which facilitated learning on both a personal – insights into new cultures – and professional front – in knowledge sharing and resultant learning of new skills from peers.”
Rishab Dugar
MSc Strategic Marketing 2018-19
Rishab Dugar

High employability on our programmes

Our programmes also scored high in employability. This can be attributed to the practically-oriented nature of our programmes, which equips students with the skills desired by employers.

“I wanted to return to university to address some gaps that I felt were lacking when I studied for the CFA, specifically modelling work and programming experience. I also wanted to go more in-depth on topics within the finance industry that I felt were intriguing, so it was very important to find a programme that offered relevant and practical modules. Imperial was the best choice as it addressed all of the aforementioned concerns that I had when choosing a programme.”
Omar Idrissi
MSc Finance 2018-19
Omar Idrissi

The high employability of our students is also a testament to our strong Careers service, who help students secure roles at sought-after companies through their highly tailored and supportive approach.

“The Careers service was crucial in helping me understand the recruitment process in the UK. They have Career Consultants who are specialists who provide career feedback, advice and guidance. They also provide many sessions for you to practice your cases, interviews and assessment centres, which made me more confident during the recruitment process.”
Shaheer Rahman
MSc Management 2018-19
Shaheer Rahman

Another function of our Careers service is the CV book. This initiative has proved successful in connecting students directly to employers and helping them secure a role, as one of our Full-Time MBA graduates reflects.

“The Careers service was fantastic in helping me find my next role. I got my new job through the CV book which gets sent out to loads of companies who then contact people they are interested in. AlixPartners invited me to a networking event which went really well. It was a very targeted event with 20 people from five different schools. During the application process, the Careers team were fantastic in prepping me for each interview. I went in there with so much more confidence than if I had just prepared by myself.”
Sabrina Hearn
Full-Time MBA 2017-18
Sabrina Hearn

Strong thought leadership

Another area the Business School excelled in the rankings is thought leadership. In addition to all of the industry panel events organised by Careers Clubs and beyond, thought leadership is also Integrated into all of our programmes. Internal and external experts share their industry insight with students in modules and electives.

One of the highly popular Finance Master's programmes is the Private Equity & Venture Capital elective. The elective teaches students how to apply what they have learned in class to real life work situations by inviting seven industry speakers to present on campus throughout the module.

Our connection to  Imperial allows us to leverage the wider network of various leaders of STEM right here at the College to share their insights with students. The convergence of science and business is what makes studying at Imperial College Business School truly unique. 

Going online: MSc Strategic Marketing

This is the second year in a row that our MSc Strategic Marketing is ranked second in the world for marketing.

Sitting at the crossroads of where marketing fundamentals intersect with the latest technology and innovation, MSc Strategic Marketing teaches students the science behind marketing, equipping them with valuable skills in data-driven decision making.

Based on the success and demand of the programme, we are launching the MSc Strategic Marketing online in addition to our on-campus offering (subject to College approval).

Find out more about the new online format of the programme here.

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Nicole Pires

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Content Marketing Coordinator
Nicole is the Content Marketing Coordinator for our MBA and MSc programmes.