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Our ranking and reputation

Our globally-connected Management School has a reputation for delivering some of the best management education in the UK. We’re ranked among the top 25 UK business and management schools by the leading Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

A number of our courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level have also been accredited by professional bodies, such as The Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Our rankings

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The Guardian University Guide 2020:

  • Accounting and Finance - top 5 in Scotland
  • Economics - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014:

Top 5 in Scotland and top 25 in the UK for Business and Management, for research impact.

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National Student Survey 2018:

  • Business Studies – 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • Economics – 3rd in Scotland
  • Finance – 2nd in Scotland
  • Marketing – 3rd in Scotland 
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The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020:

  • Accounting and Finance - top 5 in Scotland
  • Business Studies - top 5 in Scotland
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The Complete University Guide 2019:

Marketing - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK

Our accreditations and awards

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Small Business Charter

As a Small Business Charter (SBC) accredited School, we’re recognised for our work supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.

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Principles of Responsible Management Education

We’re proud to be recognised as a School that follows the Principles for Responsible Management (PRME). Launched in 2007 at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, these principles aim to transform management education in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Our MSc Marketing course has dual award accreditation with The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). If you’re a student of the MSc Marketing course, this means you can also graduate with a CIM Certificate or Diploma depending on the modules you take.

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The Chartered Management Institute

Our MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – ensuring that you graduate with two qualifications, an MBA and a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

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The Chartered Banker Institute

Our internationally recognised MSc Banking and Finance course is accredited by The Chartered Banker Institute. When you graduate you’ll be awarded with credits towards their professional qualifications, and you can take an accelerated route to Chartered status.

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The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute

We're recognised as a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP) with our MSc Investment Analysis course. This is a designation awarded to academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) into their curriculum. We're one of very few affiliated partner institutions in the UK, and one of a select group globally.

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a world recognised professional accountancy body. If you graduate with our MSc International Accounting and Finance, you’ll also graduate with professional ACCA qualification status. The ACCA also give accreditation to all of our Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) degrees, giving you exemptions from their exams after you graduate.

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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

We’re recognised as an Approved Centre by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), with our Human Resource courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level accredited by the CIPD. Accreditation applies to 2019 course entrants onwards.

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Our memberships

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The European Foundation for Management Development

Demonstrating our School’s strong international focus, we’re members of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

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The Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), is a leading professional body for UK business and management education, supporting us to maintain world-class standards of research and teaching. 

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AACSB Business Education Alliance

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.  Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organisation, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation, but we are on the journey to secure it. 

This network is a global, non-profit membership organisation of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916, AACSB provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools.

AACSB provides internationally recognised, specialised accreditation for business and accounting programmes at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral level. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge business school educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programmes. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognised form of specialised/professional accreditation an institution and its business programmes can earn.

For more information about the AACSB please visit www.aacsb.edu

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