Excellent ranking results

Ranked #20 for EMBA in Europe. Ranked #25 in the world for executive education.

We know that quality of faculty, networking opportunities, potential to increase your salary and personal development are vital to you in selecting your MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA) or executive education provider.

There are thousands of business schools and MBA programmes in the world, but only few of them are ranked high on a regular basis. In the Nordic region, there is no other school than Henley Business School to break its way into high places in global rankings with so many management education programmes.

Henley Business School has once again achieved excellent results in the following categories and been awarded world-class rankings.

Executive MBA

Financial Times Executive MBA ranking 2017

World top 25 for academic expertise and career prospects

In an increasingly competitive market, Henley has achieved strong world, UK and European positions in the 2017 Financial Times Executive MBA ranking, most notably achieving world top 25 for a number of criteria relating to career prospects and academic expertise. We are proud to be consistently ranked amongst the top 10 business schools in the UK, and top 20 in Europe.

The Financial Times ranking is a comprehensive guide for prospective MBA students that lists the world’s top 100 business schools. It covers a range of criteria on careers progress, teaching and content quality to enable comparison of potential institutions and courses.

Alongside learning the foundations of managing a business, dealing with change and further developing leadership skills, personal and professional development is a key area of focus on our MBA programme and continues as a theme throughout the length of study. Our investment and support for students in this area is reflected in these results:

  • Careers progress: 7th in the UK, 14th in Europe & world no. 24
  • Aims achieved: 6th in the UK, 11th in Europe & world no. 20
  • Percentage salary increase: 5th in the UK, 13th in Europe & world no. 32
  • Salary increase (pre-MBA to 3 years post-study): Average 58%

Our deliberately small class sizes enable programme members to share their own work experience, challenges and learning which provides a more relevant study experience to each individual. In addition, different assignments focus on developing current organisational issues and challenges, allowing students to take away contextually relevant knowledge and solutions.

As champions of diversity and helping women to develop their leadership potential, we are also particularly proud to see strong results in this area:

  • Percentage of female faculty: No. 1 in the UK, no. 2 in the World and Europe
  • Percentage of women students: No. 3 in the UK & no. 20 in Europe

We are renowned for our academic and student diversity, which provides our learners with access to a range of insights and knowledge from across the world, different cultures and genders, and adds to the quality of their overall learning experience.

Further details on the 2017 Financial Times rankings.

Financial Times - EMBA ranking

Economist EMBA ranking 2015

The Economist places Henley Business School number 36 in the world, top 10 in Europe and number 4 in UK for its EMBA programmes.

Henley scores impressively well in the following criteria used by the Economist to compare schools:

Top 5 in the world for student quality

The quality of learning at Henley is enhanced through a diverse group of students sharing their considerable and varied experiences and cultural differences.

Number 12 in the world for strength of network

Henley’s alumni network now numbers in excess of 60,000 in 150 countries and has been developed over its 70 year history.

World 17 for percentage increase in salaries

Salary increase is now positioned at number 17 in the world for percentage increase in salary on graduation.

Top 20 in the world for quality of programme

The quality of programme content is placed in the world’s top 20.

Further details on The Economist rankings

Economist - EMBA ranking

Executive Education

Henley Business School remains one of the leading Executive Education providers located in the Nordics

At a time of increased competition in the leadership development market, today’s Financial Times Executive Education ranking evidences the rigour and relevance of Henley Business School’s expertise and programmes.

Henley Business School remains one of the leading Executive Education providers located in the Nordics. Our courses are placed in top 20 and top 25 positions for Europe and the world in the combined ranking of open and custom programmes, with particular success for our open programmes highlighted in Europe (no.8) and the Nordics (no.1).

Launched nearly 20 years ago, the ranking is largely determined by clients’ ratings and is a useful resource for businesses and professionals who are looking to develop management skills and improve corporate performance.

Open programmes

With expert academics and practitioners from across the private, public and third sectors, we pride ourselves in ensuring our teaching is of high quality and relevant to the current business world. Our programmes’ success is shown by strong positions for course design, new skills and learning, and teaching methods and materials:

  • Course design: No.4 in Europe and no.11 in the world
  • New skills and learning: No.5 in Europe and no.10 in the world
  • Teaching methods and materials: No.5 in Europe and no.14 in the world

The excellence of our programmes is further demonstrated by our top 10 positions for faculty rank: no.4 in Europe and no.10 in the world.

We are also pleased to see that we are ranked no.7 in Europe and no.15 in the world for participants’ aims achieved. Our focus on individuals and their businesses through relevant content and executive coaching ensures that our programme members go away with enhanced knowledge to contribute to organisational success.

Custom programmes

We work closely with our clients to understand their organisation, opportunities and challenges and co-create programmes to meet their specific needs and are pleased to have maintained a top 25 and top 50 position in Europe and the world.

Henley is an international institution with campuses, offices and partnerships around the world and more than 74,000 alumni in 170 countries, and our global reputation is reflected by our positions as no.4 in Europe and no.5 in the world for international clients.

The full ranking results can be seen on the Financial Times website.

Financial Times - EMBA ranking


In addition to above rankings, Henley Business School and University of Reading are placed in numerous other ranking concerning the business school, university and many other degree programmes. Read more about our global reputation and rankings on our UK website

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