Durham University Business School has been ranked in the UK Top 10 by the Financial Times in their European Business School Ranking 2019. The ranking, published today, lists the best business schools in Europe based on the combined performance of programme-specific rankings published by the FT, including the MBA and Masters in Management (MiM).

Durham University Business School ranked 10th in the UK and 43rd overall in Europe – an improved positioning from 47th in last year’s rankings.

Durham’s position was determined by the Financial Times rankings this year for MBA programmes and Masters in Management programmes. The Durham MBA (Full-Time) ranked 13th in Europe (6th in the UK, 43rd in the world) and the Masters in Management was ranked 41st in Europe (5th in the UK, 50th in the world). In the section of the MBA ranking which analyses the value for money that students see, the Durham MBA was placed 1st in Europe and 2nd globally. Alumni from the programme secured an average salary of $120,556 three years after graduating, and see an average salary increase of 110% - which is the second-highest of all UK business schools.

Executive Dean of Durham University Business School, Professor Susan Hart, said:

“Durham University Business School’s programmes are all taught and delivered by world-class faculty, whose leading research underpins the learning experienced by our students. Consistently high positions in rankings like the FT European Business School, shows independently both the strong reputation and quality of all of our programmes, and the Business School generally.

This ranking also comes at a crucial time in the School’s history, after officially becoming Durham University’s fourth faculty recently. This historic change and significant milestone on our development journey, provides a key pillar for the School to become one of Europe’s Top 20 business schools – and this ranking shows that we are on track to doing so.”

This is the 16th annual ranking of European business schools for the Financial Times. Key indicators in the methodology of this ranking include a business school’s European rank in other Financial Times rankings in 2019, in which the average alumni salary three years after graduating and the average alumni salary increase between pre-MBA and three years after graduation are both considered. 

This ranking follows a number of other strong performances from Durham University Business School this year, including; 7th in the world for sustainability-focus on the MBA, by the Corporate Knights Better World Ranking 2019, 4th in the UK in The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2019, and top 10 globally by QS for its Online MBA programme.


Established in 1965, Durham University Business School is one of the UK’s longest established business schools, providing a number of postgraduate programmes, including Full-Time, Executive and Online MBA, numerous Masters programmes and DBA programmes. The School also carries three internationally-recognised quality accreditations; AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

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