business schools in Europe
Source: ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics and Management

There are plenty of business schools in Europe. To graduate industry-ready, however, you’ll need to pick the right one to go to.

According to the recent “Global Skills Gap” report by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), employers are looking for these top three skills: problem solving, resilience, and communication.

The report draws on data and insights from the QS Global Employer Survey 2019 and the QS Applicant Survey 2019 and reveals the key graduate skills gaps that are plaguing employers around the world.

The right business schools in Europe probably already know this and have tailored courses to help students gain these three employable assets during their degree. Curricula would integrate industry opportunities and real-world projects. Professors would ensure soft skills — from communication and problem-solving to resilience — are effectively coached into every student.

To graduate from these business schools is to be ready to take on the future of work.

Here are three business schools in Europe that do just that:


The ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon produces innovative business leaders of today and tomorrow.

business schools in Europe

Source: ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics and Finance

The School has over one hundred years of history and was the first School of Economics and Management founded in Portugal.

Now, ISEG’s world-class reputation flows through its industry-oriented Master’s degrees, which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

One such postgraduate degree is the Master of Finance. This programme recently received international recognition in the Financial Times (FT) 2020 rankings by scoring 31st place.

Dean of ISEG Clara Raposo said: “This (FT ranking) is a moment of celebration for a school that is founded on innovative and plural free thinking, with a profound and genuine social concern for the present and the future.”

ISEG’s suite of forward-thinking and interdisciplinary Master’s degrees also includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA) that teaches you the core principles of management, technology, innovation, design, ethics, and sustainability.

There’s even a new Master of Accounting degree which sharpens your financial accounting, managerial accounting as well as consulting and auditing skills.

Ready to take your industry experience forward with one of these Master’s degrees?

Find out more here.


Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is one of the most forward-thinking business schools in Europe.

You’ll find a similar statement in the latest Financial Times (FT) rankings, where SSE is labelled one of the best in Europe and the top business school in the Nordics.

business schools in Europe

Source: Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)

Powered by a culture of respect and innovation, this school collaborates with leading players in the global business sphere.

Here you will find Master’s degrees that inspire you to become a sustainable business leader.

For instance, the SSE Master in Finance combines a rigorous, research-based curriculum with extensive real-world applications and operational skill-building.

The Master in Business and Management programme where you’ll work with real challenges faced by real stakeholders, who expect nothing less than sound analyses and actionable solutions.

Whichever SSE degree you choose, you will surely become industry-ready and confident to take on your future business role.


Effective leaders learn on their feet, applying a combination of analytical and creative skills to achieve goals both big and small.

This is what students from Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) become after completing their year-long, business-focused Masters of Science (MSc) courses.

Source: Lancaster University Business School

The quadruple-accredited world-ranked business school offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. For the latter, there are two MSc programmes that stand out for their powerful combination of contemporary theory and insightful real-world lessons.

The first is the MSc Management programme. Graduates of this course have gone on to join multinational consultancy firms, take over family businesses, or embark on their own ventures. The second is the MSc Strategy programme, which prepares students for a career in consultancy, project management, or any other field that requires leaders with a solid game-plan.

Yet whichever course you choose, business leadership starts at Lancaster University Management School.


The Paris School of Business is one of many business schools in Europe that inspires students to become effective decision-makers and responsible leaders.

business schools in Europe

Source: Paris School of Business

What makes this school stand out is their international campus. Currently, there are over 103 nationalities on campus which means you’ll study your business degree alongside a global, diverse cohort.

The business school also provides a suite of postgraduate programmes to cater to its international community.

One such degree is the Master of Science in Business Consulting and Digital Transformation. Through its curricula, you’ll master effective concepts, methodologies and tools to become a tech-savvy consultant ready to serve an assortment of clients.

Core courses of this degree include: Marketing Management, Strategic Management, International Business, Human Resources Management and Digital Business. Expect a curriculum that balances both theory and practice, as well as decision-making tactics and data analysis.

*Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of Study International

Like this? Then you’ll love… 

4 live webinars that every business student should watch

Quiz: University students – how financially savvy are you?