UCL School of Management

6 September 2021

UCL School of Management earns AMBA accreditation

Students look out across the City of London from the UCL School of Management’s home on Level 50, One Canada Square (Photo: UCL School of Management)

UCL School of Management has confirmed itself in the top 2% of Business Schools globally after receiving AMBA accreditation.

The School has officially received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA and MBM students and recent MBA and MBM alumni of UCL School of Management in London are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 57,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries on a free basis, for networking, thought leadership, career development, and a variety of benefits.

Accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. Its rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation.

UCL School of Management was created in 2015 based on the UCL Department of Management Science and Innovation. The business school develops its teaching programmes around key drivers of the future of business; technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and analytics, with the aim to create disruptive research and entrepreneurial leaders for the complex, interconnected world of the future.

While the main campus is located in Bloomsbury and is reserved for undergraduate programmes, there is a postgraduate programmes campus in Canary Wharf, where the school has just expanded into Level 50 with a hybrid lecture allowing students to join lectures remotely and in person. AMBA accredits The UCL MBA, The UCL MBA with Peking University and the MSc in Management at the School.

Members of AMBA’s accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA-accredited Business Schools globally, commended the university’s global reputation and the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within a comprehensive university with 11 faculties.

The panel also noted the facilities in Canary Wharf (Levels 38 and 50 of One Canada Square), as being beneficial because the campus is within the financial centre of London and in close proximity to entrepreneurial hubs.

The panel was impressed with the quantitative/STEM strengths of the programmes and the strong research performance of the faculty body.

Professor Davide Ravasi, Director of the UCL School of Management, said

“We are thrilled to now be accredited by AMBA to be joining their network of leading global business schools.

“The accreditation is a clear demonstration of the quality of our interdisciplinary and innovative approach to teaching, informed by our world-leading research.”

Professor Paolo Taticchi, Deputy Director (MBA & Global Engagement) at UCL School of Management added

“This accreditation reflects our innovation efforts in the MBA market, with a cutting-edge fully online programme and with a unique proposition in China. The STEM DNA of UCL School of Management is at the core of these innovative programmes”.

AMBA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education. Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation, and demanding Business Schools to perform at the highest level continually.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (BGA) said: ‘I am delighted that the UCL School of Management in London has been accredited by the Association of MBAs. AMBA only accredits the top 2% of Business Schools globally and it is therefore fitting that this School has been accredited.

‘I would like to congratulate everyone at the School who worked towards this accreditation and I am looking forward to working with the School in the future.’

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About UCL School of Management

The UCL School of Management is the business school of University College London, one of the world’s leading universities, consistently ranked in the global top 20 for its academic excellence and research. The School offers innovative undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and executive programmes in Management, Entrepreneurship, Business Analytics, Business Information Systems, and Finance, designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the next generation of innovation-intensive organisations.

Find a list of all AMBA accredited Schools here.

About AMBA & BGA

Spearheading excellence and trailblazing innovation, for more than 50 years the Association of MBAs (AMBA) has been the impartial authority on post-graduate management education. AMBA established that vision in 1967 and, in a volatile, uncertain world, it’s as relevant today as it was then. We are committed to raising the profile and quality standards of business education internationally, for the benefit of Business Schools, students and alumni, employers, communities and society.

  • Our accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and master’s degrees, currently accrediting programmes from the top 2% of Business Schools in more than 75 countries.
  • Our Research and Insight Centre produces a rich body of reports exploring global trends in the business education sector. This drives our global thought leadership and public affairs campaigns.
  • We are the only professional membership association that connects MBA students and graduates, accredited Business Schools and MBA employers throughout the world.
  • Through our members, AMBA is building an international force for good, championing best practice, responsible management and sustainability. Membership to AMBA means being part of an international community of peers with access to business strategy thought leadership, career advice and knowledge, and an MBA jobs portal.
  • Our multi-award-winning events offer networking opportunities online and in person across all continents in association with international corporate partners and thought leaders exclusively for our members and accredited Business Schools.

The Business Graduates Association (BGA) is an international membership and accreditation body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools that share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and that are looking to provide a positive impact on their students, communities and the economy as a whole. We offer:

  • Quality assurance services to Business Schools and similar institutions, aimed at continuous improvement and positive impact to increase a Business School’s credibility and influence.
  • Consultation and mentorship services to Business Schools to improve their marketing and admissions, programme design, alumni interaction, teaching methods, and career development services.
  • Award-winning international events for Business School professionals, focused on continuous learning.
  • Student and graduate membership, which includes social networking events worldwide, professional development tools, a Career Development Centre, and much more.
  • Leading and award-winning content on responsible management, professional and personal growth, and influence via the Business Impact content hub.
Last updated Monday, 6 September 2021