Premiership 2011 – Europe

MBA50 Premiership 2011-Europe

Check out the Premiership results for 2011.

How did the top business schools in Europe perform when you combined the results from 12 months of media rankings?

#InstitutionCountryFinancial Times 2011*Business Week (2010)Forbes 2011Economist 2011*
1London Business SchoolU.K.1413
4Iese Business SchoolSpain4732
5IE Business SchoolSpain3239
6Esade Business SchoolSpain7345
7HEC ParisFrance6954
8Univ of Cambridge - JudgeU.K.86510
9Manchester Business SchoolU.K.11112
10Cranfield School of MgmtU.K.138108
11Univ of Oxford - Sa•dU.K.910618
11City Univ - CassU.K.12-911
13SDA BocconiItaly1012422
14Warwick Business SchoolU.K.19-817
15Vlerick Leuven GentBelgium17--13
16Univ College Dublin - SmurfitIreland22--12
17EM Lyon Business SchoolFrance28-1115
17Rotterdam School of MgmtNetherlands14--22
19Lancaster Univ Mgmt SchoolU.K.16-734
20Birmingham Business SchoolU.K.20--23
21Durham Business SchoolU.K.17--27
22Univ of Strathclyde Business SchoolU.K.21--24
23Univ of Edinburgh Business SchoolU.K.24--30
*Ranking figure above is relative to other European b-schools


Very few of the European business schools are ranked by four of the major media rankings. BusinessWeek assesses only a limited number of non-U.S. business schools, and Forbes produces two separate lists, both very short, for one year and two year programmes. US News does not consider business schools from Europe at all. has calculated overall performance by looking at each ranking position compared to other European schools. In the case of the FT and Economist rankings, if a European business school ranked #41 in the overall FT ranking and #33 in the overall Economist ranking, but among European business schools was #14 in the FT and #10 in The Economist, then the relative European regional figure was used for the calculation, and added where appropriate to those of BusinessWeek and Forbes, before dividing the results by the number of rankings in which they appear to achieve an average score.

The idea of the Premiership is to compare the performance of schools in multiple rankings, and therefore does not include the many good European business schools that appear in fewer than two rankings. This means that, for example, Imperial College in London – an outstanding business school as recognised by it’s position at #37 in the Financial Times ranking – has not been included for 2011.

Candidates should remember that this is not scientific approach, and there is no attempt to weight any one ranking greater than the others. As stated before, each ranking uses a different methodology and measures different things with the inherent limitations of each assessment, so doing particularly well in one ranking and less well in another is reflected in the overall average score.

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