The 11 toughest UK business schools to get into

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LONDON – Getting a degree in business can be a springboard into a lucrative career in banking or finance.

Certain names carry more weight than others when it comes to advertising your achievements to potential employers. As a result, many of the top business schools in the UK are heavily oversubscribed for places.

This week, the Sunday Times published its annual ranking of the UK’s best universities, which ranks establishments according to a number of factors including course satisfaction, student to staff ratio, and career prospects.

Business Insider took a look at the Business Studies subindex and ranked the constituents by the average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the system. The higher the average, the tougher it is to get into that school.

See which faculties make the list below:


11. Bristol — Business studies requires an average of 181 UCAS points for entrants at Bristol. It was only good enough for 46th overall in the ranking for the subject, however.

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10. Edinburgh — Edinburgh was 36th overall in the Times’ business studies degree ranking, but much higher in terms of entry standards. Students had an average entry tariff of 182 UCAS points.

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9. Warwick — With alumni including the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane, it’s no surprise that doing a business degree at Warwick is no easy feat. Entrants required an average of 187 UCAS points this year.

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T= 7. Glasgow — The average entry tariff for business studies at Glasgow is 188 points, tied with the prestigious London School of Economics. The Scottish university ranks 20th in the overall subindex.

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T= 7. London School of Economics — LSE is ranked as the 12th best university on the Business Studies subindex. Entrants require an average of 188 entry points.

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T= 5. King’s College London — KCL students needed an average of 189 UCAS points to get a place on a business studies course, making it London’s second most difficult business school to get into.

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T= 5. Bath — Another university in the south-west, Bath is the third best UK business school for undergrads but only the fifth toughest in terms of entry requirements. Average entrants require 189 points, slightly above nearby Bristol University.

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4. University College London — UCL fell just short of the 200 point mark when it comes to UCAS points needed to get into its business school, with 193 required on average. That makes its the hardest business school to get into in London.

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3. Strathclyde — Strathclyde is the second hardest university in Scotland to study business, with a huge 206 UCAS points clocking in as the average entry standard.


2. St Andrews — Not only is St. Andrews the hardest business school in the Scotland to get into (average entrants require an average of 226 UCAS points) it is also Scotland’s best — and the second best in the UK.

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1. Oxford — One of the oldest universities in the world, Oxford only offers one straight business course: a BA (hons) in economics & management. Like all of its courses, Oxford’s entry requirements are very stringent: The average UCAS entry tariff is 237 points.

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