Cranfield School of Management consistently performs well in the major school and programme specific rankings, reinforcing our position as a top global management school.


We are one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation of: AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System of the European Foundation for Management Development).

Triple Accreditation

In recognition of our outstanding student entrepreneurship provision and dedicated work with small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to support growth in the local community, we have also achieved Small Business Charter accreditation.

Small Business Charter


Business School rankings

Financial Times

8th in the UK and 37th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2023.

3rd in the UK and 6th in the world in the Business School Teaching Power Rankings 2021 compiled for the Financial Times.

MBA Programmes

MBA Full-time

The Financial Times

In the FT Global MBA Ranking 2024 we have been ranked:

  • 80th in the world and UK top 10
  • Top 10 in Europe and global Top 20 for Value For Money
  • Top 10 in Europe and 22nd globally for Career Progress
  • Top 5 in the UK for sector diversity in the classroom     
  • 3rd in UK for the percentage of female faculty and Top 5 for the percentage of female students
  • UK Top Five and 16th in Europe for Alumni network
  • Global number 1 (joint) for internationality of cohort


Cranfield’s transformative Full-time MBA has been ranked 12th in Europe in Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools List 2023-24

  • 1st in Europe for Entrepreneurship
  • 1st in Europe for Learning
  • Top 7 in Europe for Networking
  • 12th in Europe overall and 4th in UK

The Economist

In the WhichMBA? 2022 Full-time Rankings we have been ranked:

  • 1st in the world for ratio of alumni to current students (part of “potential to network” ranking)
  • 2nd in the UK and worldwide top 20 in the world for quality of faculty
  • Top 3 in the UK for educational experience
  • Top 5 in the UK for salary outcomes
  • Top 20 worldwide for diversity of recruiters
  • Top 50 worldwide for the personal development and educational experience

The Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal

In the World University Rankings - Business School Report we have been ranked:

  • Overall: 1st in the UK, 2nd in Europe, 7th in the world
  • Engagement: 1st in the world

QS World University Rankings

In the QS Global MBA Rankings 2023 we have been ranked:

  • Overall: 8th in the UK, top 29% worldwide
  • Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes: Top 5 in the UK, No 14 in Europe and No 37 in the world

América Economia

In the América Economia Global MBA Rankings 2022 we have been ranked:

  • 33rd in the world
  • 2nd in the UK
  • 5th in the world for innovation and entrepreneurship

Poets & Quants Top International MBA Programs of 2019-2020

  • Overall: 21st in the world 

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Executive MBA

Financial Times

In the Financial Times ranking of Executive MBA programmes 2023

  • Carbon Footprint: #1 in the UK (14th worldwide)
  • Work Experience: 4th in the UK
  • 8th best programme in UK

Cranfield is the only wholly UK-based School in this year’s FT rankings to offer an EMBA part-funded by the apprenticeship levy via the Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard.

Management MSc

The Economist

In The Economist WhichMBA? 2021 Masters in Management (MiM) ranking Cranfield School of Management’s Management MSc achieved the following rankings:

  • 5th in the UK and 36th in the world

Financial Times

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management ranking 2024 Cranfield School of Management's full-time Management MSc achieved the following rankings:

  • 6th in the UK
  • 28th in the world overall
  • 5th in the UK and 30th in the world for employability
  • 3rd in the UK for value for money
  • 8th in the UK for thought leadership

Finance (formerly Finance and Management) MSc

Financial Times

10th in the UK and 48th in the world in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience ranking 2023.

The Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal

In the World University Rankings 2019 - Business School Report Master’s in Finance we have been ranked:

  • 2nd in the UK
  • 4th in Europe
  • 6th in the world

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Finance Rankings 2024 Cranfield School of Management's full-time Finance MSc achieved the following rankings:

  • 9th in the UK
  • 52nd in the world overall
  • 9th in the UK for employability

Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Supply Chain Management Rankings 2024 Cranfield School of Management's full-time Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc achieved the following rankings:

  • 2nd in the UK
  • 14th in the world overall
  • 1st in the UK and 10th in the world for employability
  • 1st in the UK and 10th in the world for diversity
  • 3rd in the UK and 14th in the world for thought leadership
  • 3th in the UK for alumni outcomes

Strategic Marketing MSc

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Marketing Rankings 2024 Cranfield School of Management's full-time Strategic Marketing MSc achieved the following rankings:

  • 5th in the UK overall
  • 15th in Europe overall
  • 18th in the world overall
  • 3rd in the UK for employability
  • 5th in the UK for value for money
  • 5th in the UK for alumni outcomes

Executive Development

Cranfield School of Management is consistently ranked as one of the top 30 business schools in Europe for executive development.

In the Executive Education 2024 FT Rankings we are:

  • Top 10  in UK
  • Top 20 in Europe
  • Top 25 in the world
  • Top 15 for Follow Up
  • Top 5 in the UK and Top 20 in the world for Overall Satisfaction 

Research Degrees

The PhD Programme

REF 2014

The Cranfield PhD has an international reputation for quality and academic excellence. In December 2014 the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) rated 84% of Cranfield's Business and Management research output as 'internationally recognised' or better for impact - 60% of this was 'world leading' (4*) and 24% 'internationally excellent' (3*).

22nd in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranking for Business and Management Studies.

Executive DBA Programme

Our Executive DBA is one of only a handful of DBA programmes worldwide to have been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

CEO Magazine

Cranfield School of Management has been included in CEO Magazine's 2022 GLOBAL DBA LISTING of premier DBA providers. The listing is based upon accreditation, quality of faculty, geography, and international standing.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

A new report by Times Higher Education (THE) ranks Cranfield University within the global top 40 for our activities to support critical UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals focusing on cross-sector and cross-country partnerships in pursuit of the SDGs as a whole.

As well as being ranked within the global top 300 overall and 32nd globally for SDG17 – Partnerships for the Goals, the University also ranked 81st in the world for SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth.


Cranfield was recognised by The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), 2023 as 8 in the UK for Employability.

As an exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield University is excluded from Times Higher Education World Rankings, The Times World Rankings, The Complete University Guide and The Guardian, which focus on helping prospective undergraduate students to compare universities.