Accreditations and rankings

Sheffield University Management School is nationally and internationally ranked as a leading institution, as well as being accredited by numerous professional bodies.



QS Business Masters Rankings 2022

  • MSc Finance & Accounting — 16th in the UK and 91st globally
  • MSc Management — 22nd in the UK and 101-110th globally
  • MSc Marketing Management Practice — 16th in the UK and 51-60th globally
  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management — 7th in the UK and 45th globally

Research Excellence Framework

90 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the REF 2021, meaning it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our impact submission is rated 8th nationally, showing our research is instrumental in tackling the greatest challenges of our time and making a real-world difference to organisations and societies around the world.

CEO rankings for MBA

Our MBA programme is ranked within Tier One in the European MBA rankings.

University rankings

Find out where the University ranks nationally and globally on the Rankings page.


We are incredibly proud of our Triple Crown accreditation which we achieved in 2012 from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. It is a mark of quality for the excellent teaching, outstanding research, support for students and alumni, and links with industry that we deliver at Sheffield University Management School.

Our Triple Crown accreditation places us within the global elite of business schools. Of around 15,000 business and management schools worldwide granting business degrees, fewer than 100 have received the Triple Crown accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, the three largest and most influential business school accreditation bodies.

Triple Crown accreditation

AACSB Accredited

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,300 educational institutions, businesses and other organisations in 83 countries and territories.

AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, Masters and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts conferences and seminar programmes at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia headquarters is located in Singapore.

EQUIS Accredited

EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System) is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. In its evaluation, EQUIS considers all programmes offered by an institution from the first degree up to the PhD.

EQUIS accreditation is an indicator of high quality in all dimensions of a school’s activities with a specific focus on internationalisation, academic quality and effective interaction with the corporate world. EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment which successfully fosters managerial skills, entrepreneurial skills and global responsibility. It also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy.

AMBA Accredited

The Association of MBAs (AMBA) assesses and benchmarks the quality of MBA programmes around the world. Accreditation is awarded after an in-depth analysis of the school, its programmes and staff. It incorporates the views of current students, alumni, corporate clients and employers.

Our school has AMBA accreditation for its full-time MBA and MSc Management programmes. The accreditation means that potential students can feel confident that they will receive high quality provision and that their qualification will have international recognition and value.

Professional Association accreditations

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. The University of Sheffield has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

The CIM accredits the following programmes: MSc International Management and Marketing; MSc Marketing Management Practice; and MSc Global Marketing Management.

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Our MSc Logistics & Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Graduates of this Masters programme can work towards becoming a Chartered Member of this established professional body.

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

Our MSc Logistics & Supply Chain Managemenalso has accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). CIPS is the premier global organisation serving the procurement and supply profession. Graduates from our programme are eligible for full membership of the Institute after they have gained three years’ relevant professional experience.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Our MSc Human Resource Management has approval from CIPD, the premier professional HR body in the UK. This enables students to apply for Associate member status or Chartered member status on completion of their degree. Membership also gives students access to the networking opportunities and key contacts which will benefit their future careers.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Our undergraduate BA Accounting and Financial Management course is also accredited by the three major professional bodies, CIMAACCA and ICAEW.

All students who complete their programmes are eligible for exemptions for all foundation courses. Membership of a professional body is essential to a career in accounting and finance.

We are recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.

CPA Australia

Our BA Accounting & Financial Management (including relevant duals) is accredited by CPA Australia. The CPA Australia Program focuses on strategy, leadership and international business and prepares a student for a variety of roles – not just ones in accounting or finance. The CPA designation is a ticket to careers worldwide from business analyst to CFO, from banking to manufacturing.

CPA Australia accreditation provides access to a vast international network of over 139,000 accounting professionals in more than 114 countries in some of the world's leading economic hubs including Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Dubai and New York.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Our MSc Occupational Psychology is accredited by the BPS which enables students to proceed towards chartered occupational psychologist status. It is also recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as fulfilling their requirement for the first year of their 1 + 3 doctoral training.

Accreditation from Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Our MBA, MSc Management, MSc International Management and MSc Management (International Business) are accredited by CMI. While students are on campus they are entitled to student membership as well as additional support via study materials, the biggest management library in Europe, easy access to research and industry experts, an extensive specialised job board and the CMI magazine.

Membership of Industry Associations

Member of the Association of Business Schools (ABS)

The Association of Business Schools is the professional body which represents all leading business schools within the UK. Our close working relationship with ABS means that we are part of an interactive community working to define and develop the highest standards in quality of provision.

Small Business Charter - Silver Award

Founded with the aim to help create a new era of growth, success and opportunity – one that benefits business schools, small businesses and students – Sheffield University Management School has been awarded a Silver award from the Small Business Charter. Delivered in partnership with the Association of Business Schools, and with the support of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the awards offer a springboard to unlocking support and investment for students, start-ups and small businesses.

The University of Sheffield is Patron of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

PRME initiative

Sheffield University Management School is part of the PRME initiative, the first organised relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with the PRME Secretariat housed in the UN Global Compact Office. As a response to our commitment as a signatory to PRME initiative, we have carried out a detailed audit of activities reflecting the PRME activities within the School. You can read our PRME report here (PDF).

A world top-100 university

We're a world top-100 university renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching.