About the Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Two female students using the Bloomberg lab facilities on our Chelmsford campus

Our courses

Our courses are linked to the real world of business, blending academic theory with management practice, gaining recognition by professional organisations, such as the Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, CIM, ABTA and ACCA. This solid foundation taught using a range of advanced learning technologies, is designed to enhance your employability, ensuring you graduate with the key skills needed to progress your chosen career.

To make sure that we remain at the cutting edge of management practice, and relevant to the contemporary world of commerce, we maintain close links with the business community and enter into partnerships or provide consultancy services to a wide variety of businesses and public-service organisations. We partner with global brands such as Barclays, UPS, Harrods, Wilmott Dixon.


As a full-time, undergraduate student, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement year as part of your degree, which gives invaluable business experience. You'll gain confidence and motivation, and potentially come back with ideas for your dissertation. It can also help you achieve a better class of degree in your final year. You'll receive a reference and can start making business contacts and networks which can help you get ahead of the competition in the graduate market.

Some of our placement students have been offered graduate roles with their placement companies when they leave. Previous students have worked for a broad range of large multinational organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises, across the UK and internationally, including Airbus, Disney, Pepsico, Rolls Royce, Proctor and Gamble and Tesco. Find out more here.

Intern programme

Around 40 enthusiastic and eager Business School students are offered a place on our Internship Programme, from a mixture of courses, levels and backgrounds. For more information about this, please visit our Intern Programme web pages.

Modern campuses

You'll study in either our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford or our modern buildings in Cambridge, both offering the most advanced learning technologies. In Chelmsford we have a Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab – a bespoke financial trading platform providing live financial information about companies trading on global stock exchanges and used within the curriculum to enhance your learning, professional development and employability.

London can be reached from both campuses within the hour, and routes to Europe and the rest of the world are easily accessible from nearby London Stansted Airport.

I have really enjoyed interacting and working with students from around the world.

Jessica Cockram, BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management.

Global partnerships

We work in partnership with other academic institutions, both at home and overseas, to identify and offer programmes which align with their market needs. We have approximate 6,000 students globally, with an equal amount of students studying off campus as on-campus, and operate in countries including: Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, Switzerland, Malta, Colombo, Armenia and the Netherlands.

Our growth and strong performance is delivered through these partnerships, reinforcing our position as a truly international business school.

World-class research

We have a research active international teaching staff, all experts in their field of study, and renowned for their global expertise in research both in the UK and worldwide.

Our world-class research, which underpins and enhances your teaching, helps drive the excellence of the business school.

The REF assessment exercise also scored us highly for the economic, social and practical impact that our research has, scoring 80% at world leading or internationally excellent.

It’s an exciting time to be at our business school where we are doing research that really counts and helps you, our students.

Any questions?

We're here to help, if you want to know anything about our faculty, please get in touch.