EPAS Club Network

EPAS Club Network

EPAS is not only a quality improvement process and an international excellence benchmark, but also an active peer learning community for the representatives of EPAS accredited programmes, who are invited to join a dedicated LinkedIn group especially created to let this community interact, share updates and collaboration opportunities.

You can request an access to the group via the following link or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.



EPAS - EFMD Programme Accreditation System

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What is EPAS?

EPAS is an international programme accreditation system operated by EFMD. It aims to evaluate the quality of any business and/or management programme that has an international perspective and, where of an appropriately high quality, to accredit it.

The process involves a review in depth of individual programmes through international comparison and benchmarking. The process considers a wide range of programme aspects including:
  • The market positioning of the programme nationally and internationally
  • The strategic position of the programme within its institution
  • The design process including assessment of stakeholder requirements – particularly students and employers
  • The programme objectives and intended learning outcomes
  • The curriculum content and delivery system
  • The extent to which the programme has an international focus and a balance between academic and managerial dimensions
  • The depth and rigour of the assessment processes (relative to the degree level of the programme)
  • The quality of the student body and of the programme’s graduates
  • The institution’s resources allocated to support the programme
  • The appropriateness of the faculty that deliver the programme
  • The quality of the alumni and their career progression
The evaluation report also includes the provision of strategic advice on how the programme may be improved so as to compete more effectively in international markets. Where appropriate, focus may be put on the programme’s compatibility and / or conformance with the Bologna structure.

Programme Scope

A maximum of 2 programme suites may be assessed in any one review cycle. Programme suites in any of the following categories may be offered for evaluation:
  • Bachelors degrees or Licence (3 or 4 years)
  • Masters degrees (1 or 2 years, often based on the Bologna model)
    - Generalist (eg MSc in Management)
    - Specialist (eg MSc in Marketing or in Finance)
  • Masters degrees pre-Bologna (5 or more years)
  • Master of Business Administration – MBA (post-experience)
  • Doctorates (eg PhD or DBA)

EPAS is a service for EFMD members and is based on the same process as EQUIS and covers the full range of academic programmes from the Bachelor to the Doctoral level. EFMD members may apply for stand-alone programmes, programme suites or joint programmes. The EPAS Standards and Criteria cover all facets of programme provision: (1) the institutional, national and international environment, (2) programme design, (3) programme delivery, (4) programme outcomes, and (5) quality assurance. They particularly emphasize achievements in the areas of academic rigour, practical relevance and internationalization.

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EPAS Accredited Programmes

EPAS Accredited Programmes (as of 13 June 2018)

The following Institutions have gained EPAS accreditation for 3 or 5 years for the programmes listed below (107 programmes from 80 institutions):































  • ESIC Business and Marketing School
    International MBA (3 years) **
    Master in Marketing Management (3 years)

    ** jointly delivered with Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), China






  • Bristol Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England
    BA (Hons) International Business (3 years)
  • Coventry Business School, Coventry University
    BA (Hons) Business Management (3 years)
  • Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University for its programmes:
    BA Business and Management Programme Set (5 years):
    • BA (Hons) Business and Management
    • BA (Hons) International Business Management
    MBA Programme (5 years)
  • Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University for its programmes:
    BA (Hons) Business Programme Set (3 years):
    • BA (Hons) International Business
    • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • MSc International Fashion Marketing Programme (3 years)
  • Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire for its programme set:
    BA (Honours) International Business Programme Set (5 years)
    • BA (Honours) International Business
    • BA (Honours) International Business with French
    • BA (Honours) International Business with German
    • BA (Honours) International Business with Japanese
    • BA (Honours) International Business with Mandarin
    • BA (Honours) International Business with Spanish
  • Kingston Business School, Kingston University for its programmes:
    BSc (Hons) International Business with Business Experience (5 years)
    MSc in International Business Management (5 years)
  • Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University for its programmes:
    Undergraduate Framework, Business and Management (3 years):
    • BA (Hons) Business Management
    • BA (Hons) Business with Accounting
    • BA (Hons) Business Studies
    • BA (Hons) Business with Economics
    • BA (Hons) Business with Entrepreneurship
    • BA (Hons) Business with Finance Management / BA (Hons) Business with Financial Management
    • BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management
    • BA (Hons) Business with International Management
    • BA (Hons) Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • BA (Hons) Business with Marketing Management
    • BA (Hons) Business with Management
    • BA (Hons) Business with Tourism Management
    • BA (Hons) Finance and Investment Management
    • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
    • BA (Hons) International Business Management
    • BA (Hons) International Business Management with French
    • BA (Hons) International Business Management with Spanish
    • BA (Hons) Marketing Management
    • BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management / BA (Hons) Tourism and Events Management
  • Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University for its programme set:
    BA International Business Suite (5 years):
    • BA (Hons) International Business
    • BA (Hons) International Business (with French)
    • BA (Hons) International Business (with Spanish)
  • Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth for its programmes:
    BA (Hons) Business Suite (5 years):
    • BA (Hons) Business and Management
    • BA (Hons) International Business
    • BA (Hons) Economics and Management
    • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
    • BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship
    • BA (Hons) Marketing
    MSc Business and Management (3 years)
  • Salford Business School, University of Salford for its programme sets:
    MSc Management Suite (3 years):
    • MSc Global Management
    • MSc Human Resource Management and Development
    • MSc Information Systems Management
    • MSc International Events Management
    • MSc International Business with Law
    • MSc Management
    • MSc Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain Management
    • MSc Project Management
    MSc Finance Suite (3 years):
    • MSc Accounting and Finance
    • MSc Financial Services Management
    • MSc International Banking and Finance
    • MSc International Corporate Finance
    • MSc Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University for its programmes:
    MSc International Business Management (3 years)
    BSc Programme Set (5 years):
    • BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Business Management
    • BSc (Hons) International Hotel and Resort Management
    • BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management



NB: in EPAS terms a programme set is defined as a suite/group of related programmes with a common structure.