Manchester Business School rankings and accreditation

Manchester Business School continues to receive a number of rankings and accreditations from numerous awarding boards - not only in the UK but from all over the world.


  • The 2015 Financial Times survey ranks our MBA 5th in the UK, 12th in Europe and 35th in the world.
  • According to the FT, MBA students can expect a 92% salary increase three years after graduation.
  • The FT rates Manchester's Doctoral programme as number three in the world.
  • The 2015 Financial Times Customised Executive Education survey ranks our custom programmes 48th in the world.
  • We are ranked 4th in the world, outside the US, by business title Forbes. The Forbes rating uses return on investment (ROI) as its main measure, combined with feedback gathered from MBS' global alumni community. View the Forbes top non-US two year business school ranking


MBS is part of a small and select group of institutions worldwide that is accredited by all three major bodies - AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS.


AACSB International
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - focuses on overall quality and continuous improvement. 16 UK schools have achieved accreditation. Its headquarters are in St. Louis, Missouri.


The Association of MBAs - is market-driven and international in focus. Ours was the first distance learning MBA to be accredited for the maximum five years.


The European Quality Improvement System - is the accreditation arm of the European Foundation for Management Education (EFMD). It emphasises internationalism and real world relevance, which is synonymous with Manchester Business School's values and position.

The UK government body (HEFCE) ranks MBS teaching capabilities as ‘Excellent’, the highest category.