The 31 best MBA programmes in Europe, according to the Financial Times

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Every year, the Financial Times releases a list of the top business schools in the world for studying an MBA

The FT’s Global MBA ranking for 2018 took data from business schools, including average salaries, the average increase in salary graduates experience three years after finishing their degree, and the percentage of grads in work three months after finishing school.

It then collated that data to create a list of the 100 best business schools in the world for doing an MBA.

Many of the top schools are in the US, but Business Insider UK picked out the best schools in Europe.

We’ve included the average “weighted salary” of graduates, which determines an average salary for MBA holders three years after finishing. Salaries do not necessarily relate to the quality of the school, although the top school, Stanford, in California, does happen to also have the highest average salary.

Some schools are tied in the FT ranking. For example, Mannheim Business School and Cranfield School of Management are both considered to be the 16th best school in Europe. Such ties are indicated with a T= sign before their ranking. e.g. T=16.

Check out the top European schools below and see the whole ranking at the FT’s website. Numbers in brackets are the school’s ranking in the FT’s global top 100.


T=30 (T=100 out of 100). University of Bath School of Management, UK — $93,461

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T=30 (T=100). Copenhagen Business School, Denmark — $91,807

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29 (99). EM Lyon Business School, France — $92,517

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28 (98). University of Strathclyde Business School, UK — $91,814


27 (96). Essec Business School, France — $102,201

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T=25 (T=94). University College Dublin, Smurfit Business School, Ireland — $102,643

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T=25 (T=94). WHU Beisheim, Germany — $112,794

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24 (92). Leeds University Business School, UK — $100,049

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23 (88). ESMT Berlin, Germany — $106,581

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22 (80). The Lisbon MBA, Portugal — $113,470

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21 (75). Edhec Business School, France — $107,505

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20 (73). University of Edinburgh Business School, UK — $113,420

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Edinburgh University
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19 (70). Lancaster University Management School, UK — $104,106

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18 (64). Durham University Business School, UK — $104,306

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T=16 (T=61). Cranfield School of Management, UK — $121,580

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T=16 (T=61). Mannheim Business School, Germany — $118,260

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15 (60). University of St Gallen, Switzerland — $115,879

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14 (51). Imperial College Business School, UK — $118,324

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13 (46). City, University of London, Cass Business School, UK — $121,964

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12 (41). Warwick Business School, UK — $110,264

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11 (37). Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands — $121,538

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10 (36). Alliance Manchester Business School, UK — $125,243

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9 (29). SDA Bocconi, Italy — $120,151

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8 (27). University of Oxford, Said Business School, UK — $145,537

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7 (24). International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland — $156,908

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6 (21). HEC Paris, France — $135,858

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5 (20). Esade Business School, Spain — $143,542

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4 (13). Cambridge University, Judge Business School, UK — $162,143

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3 (11). Iese Business School, Spain — $148,480

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2 (4). London Business School, UK — $167,897

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1 (2). Insead, France — $177,157

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