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Warwick Business School

Warwick's School of Industrial and Business Studies (SIBS) was founded in 1967, with Brian Houlden as Chair, a total of five academic staff and 24 students across three programmes (MSc Management & Business Studies, MSc Management Science & Operational Research, Doctoral programme). It quickly gained a reputation for excellent research, particularly in the field of industrial relations. The Industrial Relations Research Unit, founded by Hugh Clegg in 1970 focused on achieving a better understanding of workplace industrial relations in general and workplace trade unionism in particular, in a time when the UK was perceived to suffer greatly from industrial strife and poor economic performance.

In 1981, the MSc in Management was renamed the Warwick MBA. At its 20th anniversary in 1987, SIBS was renamed Warwick Business School. The department had grown to over 100 staff, 815 students and 11 programs. In 1997, following expansion of the distance learning MBA in particular, the staff tally was over 260, with 3,160 students across 17 programs.

In 2000, a new Executive MBA teaching centre was opened, the first of four phases of development of new premises for WBS. Further phases opened in 2001 and 2006, increasing the teaching capacity of WBS dramatically. This was followed by aggressive recruitment of academic faculty. In 2006, there were a total of 319 staff and 7,539 students across 25 degree programs, from over 100 countries worldwide.

In September 2014, WBS opened a second campus in The Shard Tower in London to teach its MSc Finance, MSc Human Resource Management and Employment Relations along with its Executive MBA courses.

In August 2015, WBS opened Phase 3b of its Scarman Road building on The University of Warwick campus. The £30m extension houses a 292-seat lecture theatre with a removable stage, a 120-seat lecture theatre which contains swivel chairs to allow for group work, a Behavioural Science Laboratory, a 150-seater café, nine seminar rooms, undergraduate and post-graduate learning spaces and four open plan offices for management and support staff plus a new reception.

Warwick Business School (WBS) is an academic department of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Warwick University, originally established in 1967 as the School of Industrial and Business Studies. It is one of the most prestigious and highly selective business schools in the world. The school has always had an international outlook, and its alumni hold leadership positions in corporate, governmental and academic institutions worldwide.

The Business School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD degree programs, and non-degree executive education for individuals and companies. The Warwick MBA is offered as a one-year full-time program, an Executive MBA and by distance learning (blended learning).

WBS University of Warwick campus is on the border of the city of Coventry and the county of Warwickshire in a semi-rural green belt location. WBS London campus is located in The Shard Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the European Union.

Important Facts

What makes WBS different?
Just what is it that makes Warwick Business School so different to anywhere else?

We welcome Change Makers
At WBS, we welcome students, faculty, staff and corporate partners who embody our Change Maker values, and have a passionate drive to make a positive difference in the world of business and beyond.

Personal transformation
At the forefront of everything we do are our students. We are here to support and motivate every student to unlock their full potential, and achieve their ambitions. But we’re not here to hold hands; we’ll push, critique, and challenge you to bring out your inner Change Maker.

Studying at WBS means being open to new ideas, viewpoints and new voices, helping you take on new perspectives and challenge your thinking. 

Diversity matters
Being a Change Maker isn’t about where you’re from, it’s about where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. At WBS we want to bring people together from across the globe, from different backgrounds, who are restless to change the world and want to use business as a power for good. We don’t see what makes people different as a negative, we see it as the opportunity to share new voices, new viewpoints and new ideas.


Thought Leadership
Our faculty of research and teaching academics are constantly striving for excellence in everything they do, from the latest ground-breaking research to inspiring our students.

We love collaborating with policy-makers, the healthcare sector, and disability rights charities (to name just a few), to ensure organisations are embracing the future of change and creating a fairer world.

We love sharing the latest ground-breaking research with our students, alumni and the wider public, which is why we produce our annual thought leadership magazine CORE and our CORE Insights Series, showcasing the latest theories and opinions from our faculty.

Inspirational and applied learning environment
For our students, learning isn’t confined by physical walls. They are constantly curious, embrace independent learning, and have a thirst for knowledge that drives them to find solutions. Through my.wbs our students can take the classroom with them anywhere, and connect with classmates and lecturers from anywhere in the world.

Our rebellious streak has led us to leave the chalkboard behind, and give our students practical experiences in order to apply their learning. Our Marketing Insights Series and Case Study Competitions place our students at the forefront of real business challenges, expanding their minds and putting their theoretical knowledge to the test.

Ranking / Awards

Ranks our Full-time MBA 43rd in the world and 4th in the UK, Global MBA Ranking 2020
Ranks our Distance learning MBA 1st in the world, Online MBA Ranking 2020
Ranks our Executive MBA 22nd in the world, and 3rd in the UK for stand-alone Executive MBAs, Executive MBA Ranking 2020
Ranks our MSc in Finance 11th in the world and 3rd in the UK, Masters in Finance Pre-experience Ranking 2020
Ranks our MSc in Management 16th in the world and 3rd in the UK, Masters in Management Ranking 2020
Ranks our Executive Education Custom Programmes 62nd in the world, Executive Education Customised Ranking 2020.


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  • Type of Accommodation: On Campus


Annual Cost of living 9207 GBP /year
Average Annual UG Fee N/A
Average Annual PG Fee 30000 GBP
Application Fee 80 GBP

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Programs Offered


MSc Business with Marketing

  • Length 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 34550 GBP
  • Application Fee 80 GBP
  • Average processing time 20 days
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MSc Management

  • Length 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 33800 GBP
  • Application Fee 80 GBP
  • Average processing time 15 days
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MSc Management for Business Excellence (MBE)

  • Length 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 30700 GBP
  • Application Fee 80 GBP
  • Average processing time 20 days
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MSc Marketing & Strategy

  • Length 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 30000 GBP
  • Application Fee 80 GBP
  • Average processing time 28 days
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