Top Business Universities in the UK

If you want to get ahead in your career, then a degree in Business will give you a lot of options in terms of career progression and diversity. What’s more, you can specialise in a variety of areas and even gain practical experience whilst you study. So where do you want to study? Well, a quick search of the UCAS database shows over 250 providers of Business related degrees.


With so many to choose from, it can be tough to work out which is the best fit for you. Many students look to league tables to help choose the best universities. Here we compare rankings as published by the Guardian and The Complete University Guide

RankingTCUG The Guardian
1 Cambridge Oxford
2 Bath St Andrews
3 St Andrews Bath
4 London School of Economics Heriot-Watt
5 Warwick London School of Economics
6 Durham Warwick
7 Lancaster City
8 Loughborough Reading
9 Strathclyde Leeds
10 Exeter Loughborough

Battle for the top

Interestingly, the rankings disagree on the top spot, with TCUG placing Cambridge in the top spot. The Guardian disagrees, awarding first place to Oxford. What is even more interesting is that neither ranking has the other's top university in the top 3!

Part of the reasoning for this will be the different metrics used to rank the Universities and students would be well advised to check the links above for a full breakdown of how the top places were scored

Outside of the top spot, Bath and St Andrews battle it out for a place on the podium. Alternating the 2nd and 3rd spots, each institution is clearly an excellent choice for any aspiring student. Bath students report a higher level of satisfaction, but have a worse staff to student ratio when compared with St Andrews. In the authors personal (and highly biased) opinion, Bath is the obvious choice.

Outside of the Top 3

As we move out of the top 3 spots, the next contenders are Warwick and the London School of Economics(LSE). Both are fantastic choices. Of interest to potential students, will be the much higher student satisfaction of LSE students ranking a whopping 19 points higher. On the other hand Warwick has 17% more students in full time employment 6 months after graduation, suggesting better networking and industry relations.

Uni’s that you may not have considered

You might want to consider up and coming universities. Buckingham, for example, has rocketed up 40 places in just one year and boasts the highest student satisfaction of any university surveyed by The Complete University Guide. You can also apply for entry to the 2nd or 3rd year if you complete a Business Studies BTEC HND

Other considerations are the entry requirements, location, student life and societies offered - University is also a place to grow as a person in addition to academic study, so you should think about these variables when choosing a university.

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