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International recognition and rankings

Kingston Business School is among the most successful business schools in the United Kingdom and is consistently rated among the top business schools in London. On this page you will find information about our league table rankings and  our key achievements in London and beyond.

International and national recognition

Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditedAMBA logo
One of the first business schools with triple Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation (MBA, Masters in International Business Management and DBA).
Visit our accreditations webpage for information on our professional body accreditations.

EPAS accredited

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We are one of  8 universities in the UK and one of 63 institutions worldwide with EPAS programme accreditation from EFMD.

We are the only Business School in the world with EPAS accreditation at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

Visit our accreditations webpage for information on our professional body accreditations.

Small Business Charter

In 2015, once again Kingston Business School secured the prestigious Silver Small Business Charter Award in recognition of the role it has played in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

Already we have helped 4,700 students to find work placements in Britain's important micro-business and start-up sector.


Kingston Business School has been accepted as a participant in PRME – Principles for Responsible Management Education, a UN initiative.

The PRME initiative serves as a framework for gradual, systemic change in business schools and management-related institutions. PRME provides an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility through incorporating universal values into curricula and research.

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League table rankings

Number 2 for graduate start ups



Kingston University including Kingston Business School is paving the way when it comes to entrepreneurial graduates, according to the latest higher education-business and community interaction survey.

The annual survey shows that Kingston has one of the highest number of graduate start-up companies of any Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the UK for 2013/14.

Kingston MBA ranked in the top 50 in Europe


Kingston Business School’s MBA was ranked 19th in the UK by the QS full time MBA rankings and 43 out of 200 in Europe. 

Kingston’s MBA ranked higher than many of our nearest competitors and ahead of several highly ranked Business Schools.

Kingston MBA ranks amongst the top MBAs in Russia


Kingston Business School’s MBA course in Moscow has been named amongst the best MBAs in Russia in a prestigious league table.

Kingston’s MBA in Moscow has been ranked the number 1 MBA  by the Russian newspaper ‘Izvestia’, and by the business journal ‘Company Secrets’.

Highest-value University

Kingston University including Kingston Business School were named in a league table of the 30 "highest-value" universities, following research compiled by international consultants The Parthenon Group.

The research suggests that elite institutions do not necessarily attain the best outcome in terms of graduate salaries. In fact, some modern universities are better than a number of research-intensive institutions at 'adding value' for students by consistently helping them to get well-paid jobs. Outside of the 15-or-so most elite institutions in the country, a university's location and subject mix have more of an influence on starting salaries than perceived prestige.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Kingston Business School 12th out other universities in London and the South East.

Almost 90 per cent of submissions identified as being of world leading or internationally excellent.

The REF or Research Excellence Framework is an exercise undertaken approximately every five years. It evaluates the quality of research in universities in the UK. It is the only Government-sponsored ranking of research quality in UK universities.

View more information on our REF results

Our masters courses rank amongst the best in the world

Eduniversal best masters logo 2016

Eduniversal has included four Kingston Business School masters courses in their latest best masters ranking. The courses are:


The Complete University Guide Rankings 2014

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The Complete University Guide Rankings 2014 ranks Kingston Business School 2nd among the modern university business schools in London for Business Studies.

The Complete University Guide is an independently published ranking produced in association with The Independent newspaper. It uses nine criteria and statistical techniques to give a total score for each university.

The criteria include: student satisfaction, research assessment/quality, entry standards, ratio of students to staff, spending on academic services, spending on facilities, the number of good honours awarded, graduate prospects and completion rate of degrees.

The Guardian University Guide 2014

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The Guardian University Guide 2014 ranks Kingston Business School 11th out of 19 in London for business and management studies..

The Guardian University Guide ranks all of Britain’s universities according to eight statistical measures. Measures focus on both input, eg expenditure by the university on its students, and output, eg a graduate's probability of finding a graduate-level job.

Eduniversal  Ranking

Eduniversal gives Kingston Business School a 3 Palmes (Excellent Business School) rating in its annual ranking of business schools and universities in 154 countries. 

The rankings were determined from the responses of the Deans and Directors from the 250 most prestigious and best Business Schools.

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