The London Business School (LBS), founded in 1964, is an international business school and a constituent college of the federal University of London. LBS is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world; the school was ranked 1st in Europe (2015 Rankings) by the Financial Times and 2nd in the world (for Business and Management Studies; 2016) by the QS ranking. In 2013, LBS was reported to have among the most wanted MBAs in the world by recruiters, comparable to those of Harvard, Stanford and Insead.
LBS awards only post-graduate degrees (Masters, MBA, and PhD) and is one of the few schools in the world to have the triple crown accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA). LBS also has several programmes for Executives.
The main campus is located in London next to Regent’s Park in the Sussex Palace, built by the architect John Nash. Unlike most other business schools, LBS organises courses in listed buildings in London instead of new buildings with a modern architecture. In 2015, the school acquired the Marylebone Town Hall and spent £60 million to refurbish it with the objective to expand its teaching facilities by 70 per cent. LBS also has a secondary campus in Dubai that is dedicated to Executive Education.
LSB offers courses in different areas such as:
- Master in Business Administration (MBA)
- Executive MBA
- Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy
- Masters in Finance
- Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA)
- Masters in Management (MIM)
- Global Masters in Management
- Executive Education
The recruitment process is extremely competitive. Students from all over the world apply, making the competition international. All candidates have to take international exams related to their English abilities (TOEFL) and mathematic/logic skills (GMAT or GRE). Only scores that are among the world top 10% are considered. Candidates are also asked to write several essays (topics are related to the envisaged programmes). The recruitment process has two steps. The first one consist of sending an application some information and once the application has been accepted, an examination is made by the selection committee. If the candidates meet the criteria of the school, they will be invited for an interview on campus in London. If this latest step is a success, the candidate receives an offer from LBS
Studying at the School provides access to an unmatched diversity of thought. With a presence in four international cities – London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai – the School is well positioned to equip students from more than 130 countries with the capabilities needed to operate in today’s business environment. Students further benefit from their 28,000 alumni who provide a wealth of knowledge, business experience and worldwide networking opportunities.
The faculty works at the forefront of innovative business thinking, influencing business leaders, managers and policy-makers across the globe, creating world-class research that explores the key practical and academic issues facing the business world.
The LSB has a Career Centre that support the students in every step giving the best chance to make their ambitions a reality. The Career Centre markets them to top global recruiters, and works with them to make the most of their new network and access to employers. The Career coaches to help define the career goals and guide them through the job search.The sector recruitment specialists can offer insights and advice into specific sectors and companies. They support with CVs and cover letters. They have interview training including mock interviews, technical interviewing and problem solving skills.