London subject guide: Management

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Are you good at overseeing projects, teams and budgets? Then management could be for you.

London is one of the world’s leading business and financial capitals. Find out why and where you should study management in London with this subject guide.

About management

Management studies looks at the theory and practice of management, with a focus on topics relating to business, economics, finance and marketing.

Management degrees are usually studied alongside other subjects covering a wide range of sectors and industries, from hospitality and human resources to politics and technology.

Why London

London management schools are among the best in the world for management degrees. London has more management schools in the top 25 of the FT Masters in Management ranking than any other city.

Choose from hundreds of management courses in London, covering everything from MBAs and international management degrees to strategic thinking and innovation management.

London universities work closely with a wide variety of businesses in the city to give you the best chance of finding management work placements and internships during your studies. Many universities give you the chance to work for a year in the industry as part of your course.

The city’s lecturers, tutors and professors are internationally respected for their management research and many of them are employed as consultants for the world’s top businesses.

London is at the centre of international business and is home to a multitude of multinational companies. The city is bursting with talent and opportunities, making it the perfect place to learn and practice your management skills.

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In today’s economy, managers need a global perspective. Studying in the most diverse city in the world, you will work with lecturers and students from around 200 different countries.

Great London universities for management studies

Many universities in London offer management courses, from undergraduate degrees to postgraduate master’s and PhD programmes. To help you pick the right course and school for you, here are three of the most highly ranked:

London Business School

London Business School is ranked among the top three business schools in the world for its business and management programmes. The school offers a mix of masters and non-masters programmes to suit students and executives at every stage of their careers, from MBA to EMBA-Global, Masters in Management to PhD.

Imperial Business School

Set within Imperial College London, the world’s ninth best university in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, Imperial Business School offers MBA, MSc and Executive Education programmes. The school has access to industry experts and the direct experience of major corporates, consultancies, investors and public sector organisations.

City's Business School

Set within City University London, City's Business School offers undergraduate, MBA, MSc and PhD programmes. The school is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality System (EQUIS).

More courses and university rankings

Many other London universities offer excellent management courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Browse this list to find management courses across the capital.

For the latest UK university rankings for management studies, check out the Complete University Subject Guide and the Guardian University Guide 2020, and find out more about QS World University Subject Rankings.

After university? Stay and work in London!

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As the biggest city in western Europe and one of the most connected capitals in the world, London is an undisputed centre for business and commerce. It’s a hub for finance, technology, the creative industries and professional services that attracts best-in-field leaders across all sectors.

Management skills are widely sought. Recruiters seek applicants with the potential to progress to leadership and managerial roles. London universities have strong links with the thousands of businesses in the city, from multinationals such as Google, Morgan Stanley and GlaxoSmithKline to innovative startups and scale-ups.

If you’re looking to build your own company after you graduate, the financial and governmental support for startups in London is unparalleled, making it one of the best places in the world to start a business.

What’s more, graduates from countries outside the EEA and Switzerland who want to set up a business in the UK can apply for a startup visa.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to kickstart your career in a community of highly skilled global professionals and entrepreneurs, with some of the best arts, culture, sport and entertainment in the world, then choose London for your management degree.

The UK Government’s Graduate immigration route also enables international students to apply for a two-year post-study work visa after they graduate. Find more information on the Study London’s visa page or visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the UK Visa and Immigration websites.