Best universities for business degrees in the UK 2022

Find the best UK universities for business degrees using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022 data

October 21 2021
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Students with a degree in business studies are considered very employable because the  skills they learn are so transferrable. Business degrees cover a broad range of subjects, such as economics, accounting and entrepreneurial training among so much more and can set students up for a number of career paths.  

Universities that offer business studies degrees often enrich the student learning experience by providing practical teaching outside of the classroom. Partnerships with companies from the public and private sectors offer students the opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with possible future employers.   

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The UK is a great place to study business because it is home to one of the world’s leading financial capitals, London. London has a number of major business districts and more overseas banks than any other city and is the world’s biggest currency trading centre. 

With more than 100 business schools in the UK, it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for you. Here are the top universities for business studies in the UK according to the Times Higher Education University Rankings 2022 

1. University of Cambridge 

The University of Cambridge is comprised of 31 colleges and 150 faculties and departments. These are organised into six schools: arts and humanities, biological sciences, clinical medicine, humanities and social sciences, physical sciences, and technology. Within the School of Technology is the Faculty of Business and Management.  

At the heart of the Faculty of Business and Management is the Cambridge Judge Business School. The school focuses on teaching students business theory that they can apply to a number of business situations. Students at the school are encouraged to develop new products and businesses to contribute to social enterprise.  

The business school has developed partnerships with companies in the private sector to facilitate collaborations. Business students are given the opportunity to work with the university’s partners on business and research projects. Students can also make the most of the nearby incubators, science parks and innovation centres.  

Accelerate Cambridge was established by the business school in 2012 to offer three-month programmes to support new ventures. Student entrepreneurs are given guidance on how to turn their idea into a business and how to develop it. The programmes are held during the autumn, spring and summer terms and provide access to a shared workspace, as well as regular mentoring.  

The business school is home to the Entrepreneurship Centre, the Centre for Business Research, and the Psychometrics Centre.  

2. University of Oxford 

Like Cambridge, the University of Oxford is a collegiate university and is divided into 39 colleges. Its roughly 100 academic departments are overseen by four divisions: medical sciences; mathematical, physical and life sciences; humanities; and social sciences.  

The study of business at Oxford goes back to 1965. The Saïd Business School was founded in 1996 when businessman and philanthropist Wafic Saïd provided a generous donation. Since then, it has become one of the world’s leading business schools.  

The business school offers 12 degree programmes in economics, management, finance and law. In-person and online open-enrolment courses are available for students who prefer more flexibility.  

Saïd Business School has two main sites: Park End Street and Egrove Park. The Park End Street site has beautiful grounds and is used for conferences, events and functions. Egrove Park is located just two miles from Oxford city centre and provides a residential business meeting venue set in 37 acres of parkland.  

The business school’s initiatives and centres, which are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, include the Entrepreneurship Centre, the Creative Destruction Lab and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.  

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3. London School of Economics and Political Science 

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was founded in 1895. It has since become one of the world’s leading social science universities.   

The department of management specialises in business and management and has become a world-leading centre for education and research in these fields.  

The department of management offers a range of programmes at different degree levels. The BSc management degree is for undergraduate students looking to pursue the fields of business and management. There are a number of master’s programmes available for graduate students, too. The department also offers executive education to working professionals looking for further training. 

LSE’s Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research is jointly managed by the department of management and the department of psychological and behavioural science. The laboratory was built to facilitate the study of human behaviour in a controlled environment. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the lab enables research projects to be carried out to a world-class standard.  

5. UCL 

UCL is organised into 11 faculties, which offer undergraduate and graduate courses. The School of Management offers two undergraduate degree programmes: BSc information management for business and BSc management science. Its master’s degree programmes include business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance and management. Online courses are also available, as are joint degree and PhD degree programmes.  

The School of Management focuses its research in five main areas: operations and technology; strategy and entrepreneurship; marketing and analytics; organisations and innovation; and finance, accounting and economics. Some of its most recent research projects include studying the effect of capital requirements on banks and analysing strategic discipline in new technology ventures.  

The school’s careers team provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in business. The careers consultant team offers careers support and guidance while the employer engagement team organises networking events throughout the year. At these events students are given the opportunity to connect with employers to learn more about recruitment processes in their chosen industry. 

The employer engagement team has developed partnerships with companies including Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Expedia, Facebook, PwC and Unilever.  These companies have participated in previous employer engagement programmes to help students gain a greater insight into possible careers. As part of these programmes, students have had access to employer-led CV checking, mock assessment centres and mock interviews.   

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Click each institution to view its World University Rankings 2022 profile

UK business Rank 2022 WUR Business Rank 2022 University City/town
1 3 University of Cambridge Cambridge
2 4 University of Oxford Oxford
3 9 London School of Economics and Political Science London
5 20 UCL London
6 24 University of Warwick Warwick
7 31 University of Manchester Manchester
8 41 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
9 61 University of Surrey Guildford
10 =65 University of Leeds Leeds
11 79 King’s College London London
12 85 Lancaster University Lancaster
13 91 University of Sussex Brighton
14 99 University of Nottingham Nottingham
15 100 University of Glasgow Glasgow
=16 101–125 University of Bath Bath
=16 101–125 University of Birmingham Birmingha
=16 101–125 Newcastle University Newcastle
=16 101–125 University of Sheffield Sheffield
=16 101–125 University of Southampton Southampton
=21 126–150 Aston University Birmingham
=21 126–150 University of Bristol Bristol
=21 126–150 Cardiff University Cardiff
=21 126–150 City, University of London London
=21 126–150 Durham University Durham
=21 126–150 University of Exeter Exeter
=21 126–150 University of Reading Reading
=28 151–175 University of East Anglia Norwich
=28 151–175 University of St Andrews St Andrews
=30 176–200 University of Essex Essex
=30 176–200 Queen Mary University of London London
=30 176–200 Royal Holloway, University of London London
=30 176–200 University of Strathclyde Strathclyde
=30 176–200 University of York York
=35 201–250 Bournemouth University Bournemouth
=35 201–250 Brunel University London London
=35 201–250 University of Huddersfield Huddersfield
=35 201–250 University of Kent Kent
=35 201–250 Loughborough University Loughborough
=35 201–250 University of Plymouth Plymouth
=35 201–250 SOAS University of London London
=35 201–250 University of Stirling Stirling
=35 201–250 Swansea University Swansea
=44 251–300 University of Aberdeen Aberdeen
=44 251–300 Anglia Ruskin University ARU East Anglia
=44 251–300 Birkbeck, University of London London
=44 251–300 University of Bradford Bradford
=44 251–300 University of Hull Hull
=44 251–300 Queen’s University Belfast Belfast
=50 301–400 Coventry University Coventry
=50 301–400 University of Derby Derby
=50 301–400 Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh
=50 301–400 Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh
=50 301–400 Kingston University London
=50 301–400 University of Lincoln Lincoln
=50 301–400 University of Liverpool Liverpool
=50 301–400 Middlesex University London
=50 301–400 University of Greenwich London
=50 301–400 Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester
=50 301–400 Oxford Brookes University Oxford
=50 301–400 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth
=50 301–400 University of the West of England Bristol
=50 301–400 University of the West of Scotland Paisley
=64 401–500 Bangor University Wales
=64 401–500 University of Brighton Brighton
=64 401–500 De Montfort University Leicester
=64 401–500 University of Dundee Dundee
=64 401–500 Leeds Beckett University Leeds
=64 401–500 Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool
=64 401–500 Northumbria University Northumbria
=64 401–500 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham
=64 401–500 The Open University Nationwide
=64 401–500 University of Salford Salford
=74 501–600 University of Central Lancashire Preston
=74 501–600 Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow
=74 501–600 University of Leicester Leicester
=74 501–600 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield
=74 501–600 University of Westminster London
=79  601+ University of Hertfordshire Hatfield
=79 601+ Ulster University Ulster
=79 601+ University of Wolverhampton Wolverhampton


Editor's Note: This article was updated in January 2022 to reflect a change in the results. After the publication of the World University Rankings 2022, Imperial College London informed us that an incorrect distribution of their data at the subject level was considered for the ranking calculation. This matter was reviewed under our corrections policy and we agreed, at our discretion, to re-calculate Imperial College London’s score based on a corrected data submission at the subject level. The amendments have not affected Imperial College London’s rank in the World University Rankings, but have impacted their subject rankings in: Clinical and Health (4th after correction; it was 3rd before) and Physical Sciences (13th after correction; it was joint 11th before). Imperial College London previously did not appear in the Computer Science subject ranking but now features at 11th place, while it has been removed from the Business and Economics and Education subject rankings as it no longer meets the eligibility criteria for these tables.

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