The United Kingdom (UK) is a perennially popular destination for international students looking to do a Master’s in Management (MiM) program. Since the UK is home to some of the world’s best business schools, that’s no surprise.
Indeed, for UK-bound MiM students, options abound. Many international students enjoy studying in London, which is one of the world’s global financial centers. However, Master’s in Management programs can be found in all corners of the UK, including Edinburgh, Manchester, Coventry, Glasgow, Lancaster, and many other cities.
Typically, UK-based MiM programs focus on general management topics, and they address a wide range of topics from marketing and strategy to finance and accounting. Optional elective courses allow the training to be tailored, and the electives include data analytics and entrepreneurship.
The top Master’s in Management programs in the UK are accredited by at least one of the main business school accreditation agencies: AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. Rankings produced by major business publications, such as the Financial Times are also a good way to assess the courses.
For those who graduate from the UK’s best MiM programs, the job prospects can be bright. Typically, the top industries for grads tend to be financial service, management consulting, and technology. Graduates often go on to work for the best global banks such as Goldman Sachs or Citi, and the biggest consulting firms like McKinsey & Company or the Boston Consulting Group. Technology firms such as Amazon, Google and Apple are high in demand as well.
See below for the Top Master’s in Management programs in the UK.
London Business School has been ranked by the Financial Times as Europe’s finest management institute for several years on the bounce, and it punches high in global league tables too. The school is ranked second globally for the aims achieved of its MiM graduates and fifth for their international mobility. Studying in London is a massive bonus, thanks to the plethora of corporate recruiters from blue-chip companies, such as Amazon, Google and HSBC.View School Profile
Also in London is Imperial College Business School. The school is housed within Imperial College London, a world-leading STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) university. So the reputation of the MSc Management program is high. It’s also customizable, with students tailoring the learning to their career aspirations, from innovation and marketing to finance and strategy.View School Profile
Scotland, with its rolling hills and strong economy, is an increasingly popular destination for UK-bound Master’s in Management students. Strathclyde, one of Scotland’s best business schools, offers an AMBA-accredited MSc in Business and Management that is consistently ranked in the Financial Times, year after year. The program is unique in that it can be converted to an MBA, after accruing work experience and taking some additional courses.View School Profile
The course at Warwick Business School focuses on blending theory and practice, with consultancy projects with real companies a key theme. The learning is also cross-disciplinary, with students studying a broad curriculum to prepare them for a wide range of careers in large companies, SMEs, or as entrepreneurs. There’s also a focus on the soft skills that employers are crying out for, such as communication and leadership ability.View School Profile
ESCP Europe is one of the continent’s best business schools, according to various business school ranking publications. The experience is truly global, with MiM candidates able to study in up to four countries, for example on ESCP Europe’s six continental campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw. Graduates leave the two-year program with a minimum of 40 weeks’ professional work experience, which can help with securing employment.View School Profile
Cass Business School was ranked fourth in the UK by the FT in 2018 for its MSc in Management. The class is highly diverse, with 50 percent being women, which better reflects today’s business environment and can lead to more enriching group discussions. Cass is in the heart of the City of London, the UK’s financial center, so access to corporate recruiters at the major banks, insurance and asset management firms is excellent.View School Profile
Lancaster University Management School runs a two-year MSc Management program that is ranked sixth in the UK by the FT. It’s also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA), which ensure quality standards. The program is highly vocational, with students appointed a dedicated careers advisor who puts together a personalized career plan for them On graduation they join a renowned global network of alumni who can help in getting jobs.View School Profile
The Masters in Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School is for both those starting out in business and those looking to progress an existing career. Ranked in the top-10 in the UK by the FT, the program includes a number of exciting practical projects, for example working with consultants or NGOs on real business challenges. Edinburgh itself, the beautiful Scottish capital, is becoming a hub for finance and innovation.View School Profile
Durham is often referred to as the Oxbridge of the north of England, because of its beautiful campus and strong global reputation for teaching and research excellence. The MSc Management is ranked in the UK top 8 by the FT. The school has a good reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship, and students on the MSc Management program can take part in a pitch competition to win investment from venture capitalists.View School Profile
The program at Bath is ranked highly by The Economist and is flexible, with students able to specialize in such diverse subjects as human resource management and corporate social responsibility. The employment prospects look bright: 93 percent of graduates land a job offer within three months of graduation.View School Profile
Henley Business School’s location in Reading is great for students who don’t want to be in the middle of the action, but close enough: it’s about two hours from central London by public transportation. The school’s MSc in Management is currently ranked as one of the UK’s best Master in Management programs by The Financial Times.View School Profile
Bradford’s Management MSc program is one year long, currently ranked by The Financial Times, and provides a solid overview of many fundamental topics important in management. Based in the foothills of the Pennines mountains, cost of living in Bradford will most likely be lower than in bigger cities—such as London—which is great for students on a budget.View School Profile