Published on 21/04/2021
QS Rankings Top 30
  • Aston University is ranked 7th in the UK in the QS Online MBA World Ranking
  • Results based on teaching, employability, and class profile
  • Online MBA programme includes a unique personal development programme

The Aston University Online MBA has been ranked in the global top 30 by the QS Online  MBA World Rankings 2021, moving up two places to 26th in the world.

The QS Online MBA World Rankings are based on four main criteria: faculty and teaching, class profile, employability and class experience.

The Aston University Online MBA is distinctive in including a personal and professional development programme based on the latest thinking in behavioural science.

The Aston Edge programme delivered alongside the core curriculum helps students to develop a skills portfolio to help them become a better performer, achieve their career goals and equip them to deal with the major challenges facing business leaders.

Professor Pawan Budhwar, head of Aston Business School said:

“It is an honour to be recognised by QS for the quality of our Online MBA programme. Our Online MBA attracts senior business professionals from all over the world, providing students with a truly international experience. This accolade is a reflection of the hard work undertaken by our staff, and our students who are balancing their studies alongside busy work and family lives.”

This latest success follows Aston University featuring in the world top 100 for business and management in the recent QS World University Rankings.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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