Aston MBA in top 10 in England and top 20 in Europe

25 October 2005

Aston MBA in top 10 in England and top 20 in Europe

IT just keeps getting better at Aston Business School. Its part-time/distance learning MBA has just been placed in England’s top 10 and Europe’s top 20 programmes in the Financial Times ranking of Executive MBAs –one of the best recognitions a business programme can achieve. 2005 is also the first year that Aston has entered the Part Time MBA into this ranking so it’s even more of an achievement for the programme to go straight in at this level.

The ranking is based on a survey of business schools’ MBA graduates three years after they finish their course to assess how their studies have aided their careers. The MBA Director of each business school also completed a questionnaire assessing the School’s intellectual output and research.

The Aston graduates surveyed reported an average salary three years after graduation of $80,851 - giving concrete evidence of the benefits of studying the Aston MBA as well as the extensive careers support offered to all Aston MBA students.

Another section of the ranking that Aston did particularly well in was the world wide top 10 for female students, coming in at number four. Many business schools have found it difficult to recruit female students to their programmes in recent years but Aston has always boasted a good mix of male and female students on the Part Time MBA thanks to the highly flexible nature of the course. Students can switch between on- and off- campus teaching and vary the number of modules they take each term. This flexibility allows them to fit the MBA around all their other work and family commitments and ensures a very low drop out rate.

This FT ranking is just the latest to recognise the quality of the business education at Aston. The Economist Intelligence Unit ‘Which MBA?’ guidebook recently ranked Aston in the top 10 programmes in Europe and the FT’s ranking of Masters in Management programmes placed Aston in the UK’s top three.

MBA Director, External at Aston Dr Gareth Griffiths commented: ‘Since the Aston MBA started 26 years ago, it has consistently developed its reputation as providing one of Europe's leading programmes. The latest excellent Financial Times EMBA ranking now rates Aston as world class. This, together with top teaching and research ratings and the quality and diversity of our students, makes the Aston MBA a formidable programme that is much admired by employers and businesses alike’.


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Notes to Editors:

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Summary of Aston’s rankings:

2005 FT World Executive MBA Ranking – 20th in Europe

2004 FT European Business Schools Ranking – 34th

2005 FT European Masters in Management Ranking – 11th

2005 Economist Intelligence Unit ‘Which MBA?’ Guidebook –

  • 36th in the world
  • 15th in Europe

2005 Karriere European MBA Ranking – 10th

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