Rankings

The University of Glasgow has been a leader in the university sector for many years. As one of the oldest universities in Scotland, we have a long-standing international reputation for research, education and innovation. We have consistently occupied a place at the top of the world university rankings and are considered to be amongst the top 30 in the UK.

University rankings are based on several different factors ranging from class diversity to average salary after graduating. Here at the Adam Smith Business School, we pride ourselves on our exceptional performance in many of those areas.

University of Glasgow

As a University we have consistently scored in the top 30 in the UK and top 100 in the world.

  • 26th in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2024)
  • 12th in the UK (The Times Good University Guide, 2024)
  • 13th in the UK (Guardian University Rankings, 2024)
  • =76th in the world (QS, 2024)
  • 20th in the world (QS World University Rankings: Sustainability, 2024)
  • 82nd in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2023)
  • 13th in the world (Times Higher Education World Impact Rankings, 2023)

Adam Smith Business School

As a Business School we are ranked within the top 100 schools in Europe.

  • 77th in Europe (Financial Times, December, 2023)

Postgraduate programmes

Some of our postgraduate programmes are ranked within the top 100 in the UK and worldwide.

Masters in Business Administration (MBA) 

  • 151-200 in the world and 51-60 in Europe for Masters in Business Administration (QS, 2024)

Masters in Management 

  • 96th in the world for Masters in Management (Financial Times, 2023)
  • 101-110 in the world for Masters in Management (QS, 2024)

Masters in Finance 

  • =49th in the world for Masters in Finance (Financial Times, 2023)
  • =92nd in the world for Masters in Finance (QS, 2024)

Masters in Marketing

  • 51-60 in the world for Masters in International Strategic Marketing (QS, 2024)

Master of Global Business

  • 6th in the world for Master of Global Business (QS International Trade Rankings, 2024)

Undergraduate programmes

We are ranked within the top 50 universities in the UK for some of our undergraduate programmes – and our Accounting and Finance course is ranked in the top 5.

  • 4th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide, 2025)
  • 15th in the UK for Economics (Complete University Guide, 2025)
  • 22nd in the UK for Business and Management Studies  (Complete University Guide, 2025)
  • 8th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Good University Guide, 2024)
  • 8th in the UK for Economics (Good University Guide, 2024)
  • 18th in the UK for Business Studies (Good University Guide, 2024)
  • 21st in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Guardian University Ranking, 2024)
  • 12th in the UK for Economics (Guardian University Rankings, 2024)
  • 17th in UK for Business and Management (Guardian University Rankings, 2024)
  • 101-125 in the world for Business and Economics (The Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023)
  • =67th in the world for Accounting and Finance (QS World Subject Rankings 2024)
  • =128th in the world for Economics & Econometrics (QS World Subject Rankings 2024)
  • =135th in the world for Business & Management studies (QS World Subject Rankings 2024)
  • = 6th in the world for Master of Global Business (QS International Trade Rankings, 2024)