The FT Updates Ranking of European Business Schools for 2015

LBS, HEC Paris, and Insead take the top three spots; Bradford, Edinburgh, and Cambridge make big gains

The Financial Times has updated its ranking of European business schools for 2015. The ranking lists business schools in Europe and the UK by the combined strengths of their various MBA and business master's programs.

For the second straight year, London Business School takes the top stop in the ranking. Its full-time MBA program is ranked at the top of the FT's 2015 Global MBA Ranking, while the joint Executive MBA program it runs with Columbia Business School is ranked number four in the publication's EMBA ranking.

Also for the second year in a row, HEC Paris is at position number two. Its full-time MBA program is ranked number six in the Global MBA Ranking; the Trium program, which the school runs with LSE and NYU - Stern, is ranked number two in the EMBA ranking.

Insead has risen two spots to take position number three, while Switzerland's University of St. Gallen climbs two spots to position number four.

Two Spanish business schools, IE Business School and ESADE Business School, are tied for spot number five.

Italy's SDA Bocconi is ranked number seven, while IESE Business School is at position number eight. IMD Business School and the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School round out the top ten.

Big gains by UK business schools

The largest gains this year were made by business schools in the UK. The University of Cambridge's Judge School of Business rose 15 spots to take position number 14. The University of Bradford's School of Management rose 16 spots to land at position number 42, while the University of Edinburgh Business School's also rose 16 spots to land at number 55. 

Additionally, Nottingham University Business School makes its first appearance in the European Business School ranking since 2012. It's now ranked 76.

Other big movers included France's Toulouse Business School, which rose 14 positions to take spot 49; and Copenhagen Business School, which rose 11 positions to take spot number 34. Germany's Frankfurt School of Finance & Management debuted on the ranking this year at position number 60.

Only schools that are eligible to participate in the FT's four main program rankings—the Global MBA Ranking, the Executive MBA Ranking, the Master's in Management Ranking, and the Executive Education Ranking—can take part in the European Business School Ranking.

Here are the top 20 schools in this year's 2015 European Business School Ranking:

Ranking School Country/Region Change from 2014
1 LBS UK -
2 HEC Paris France -
3 Insead France +2
4 St. Gallen Switzerland +2
5 (tie) IE Business School Spain -2
5 (tie) ESADE Business School Spain -1
7 SDA Bocconi Italy +1
8 IESE Business School Spain -1
9 IMD Business School Switzerland -
10 Oxford - Saïd UK -
11 ESCP Europe France/UK/Spain/Germany/Italy +1
12 Imperial College Business School UK +1
13 Rotterdam School of Management Netherlands -2
14 Cambridge - Judge UK +15
15 Vlerick Business School Belgium +1
16 (tie) ESMT Germany +5
16 (tie) ESSEC Business School France -1
18 Mannheim Business School Germany -
19 Warwick Business School UK -
20 Grenoble Graduate School of Business France +6

See FIND MBA's list of the most popular business schools in Europe.

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