Aston MBA accreditation and rankings

Triple accreditation

Aston is one of an elite 1% of worldwide business schools to hold accreditation from the three major management international accrediting bodies. 

The Association of MBAs (AMBA) fully accredits all learning modes of Aston’s MBA: full-time, executive (part-time) and distance-learning. They describe their accreditation as ‘giving international credibility to a school’s MBA programme as well as giving students reassurance of the value of an accredited school’s MBA in a market consisting of many hundreds of MBA programmes worldwide.’  

Aston was the first full range business school in the UK to receive EQUIS accreditation, awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The EQUIS scheme aims ‘to raise the standard of management education worldwide’ by means of ‘standard setting, benchmarking, mutual learning and the dissemination across borders of good practice.’  

In April 2003 Aston joined some of the other leading business schools in the world when we were awarded accreditation from the North American based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The AACSB comments that business schools granted their seal of approval represent ‘the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.’


Aston and its MBA Programmes have attracted excellent ratings from some of the leading business education rankings year after year. 

Economist Which MBA Ranking 2013

  • 11th in the UK
  • 28th in Europe
  • 82nd in the World

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Economist Which MBA Ranking 2012

  • 14th in the UK
  • 31st in Europe
  • 88th in the world 
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Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2012

  • 12th in the UK
  • 22nd in Europe
  • 91st in the world
  • 16th in the world for value for money  

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The FT Global MBA Rankings 2010 placed Aston's full-time MBA:

  • 11th in the UK
  • 19th in Europe
  • 73rd in the World
  • 1st in the UK and 5th in the World for Career Progression  

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The FT European Business School Ranking 2010 placed Aston Business School:

  • 11th in the UK
  • 35th in Europe

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Financial Times Online MBA Listing 2011
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The Economist Distance-Learning MBA Report 2010 rates Aston's DLMBA content as Good: 
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Bloomsberg Businessweek Full-Time and Part-Time MBA Profile 2010
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Eduniversal Worldwide Business Schools Ranking 2011

  • 4 Palmes - Top Business School

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QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2012

  • 27th in Europe

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Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) ratings:

  • Teaching Quality Assessment - maximum 24 out of 24
  • Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) -  Our research is of ‘international importance’ with a rating of 5, just short of the maximum score.  

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