How to Get Into Bayes Business School

‘How do I get into Bayes Business School’ is a question I get asked very often! Luckily, I know exactly how to answer it. That’s why, here at The Profs, 95% of our students applying to their first and second choice universities get in. Bayes Business School, formerly known as Cass Business School, is a leading business school situated in central London and in this article, I’ll provide you with insider advice on how to stand out amongst the crowd of applicants.

Bayes is the third most popular university that The Profs support applicants with. That’s what makes our admissions experts perfectly placed to guide you through the process and help you create the best possible application. Using expert tips from The Profs’ Head of Consulting, Joseph Robbins, as well as the latest data and information on admissions, this is your one-stop-shop to getting into Bayes Business School.

Our expert team has worked in admissions for top-tier universities. So, if anyone knows how to make your application as perfect as possible, it’s us. In our experience, we’ve seen that very few students know how to write an undergraduate university application that targets Bayes Business Schools’ unique admissions criteria. Thankfully, we offer the right support and preparation to aid you in submitting an application that stands out and maximises your chances of an offer.

Keep reading for expert advice on how to get into Bayes Business School.


Is Bayes Business School good?

Bayes Business School is one of the best places in the UK to study Business and Management. It ranks as the 2nd best business school in London, 5th in the UK, and 27th in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business School ranking (2023). Its research is also consistently rated as world-leading – in 2021, Bayes was rated 5th in the UK for Business and Management research, with a total of 92% of its research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Bayes also offers a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including BSc Accounting and Finance, BSc International Business, MSc Management (MiM), and both an MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA). 

Bayes is known globally for providing outstanding business education and has a reputation for conducting top-quality research. It’s therefore no surprise that top students from around the world apply to Bayes Business School every year, causing admission to courses to be extremely competitive. 

Get in touch with our expert admissions team to maximise your chances of getting an offer from Bayes Business School!.

What is Bayes Business School acceptance rate?

On average, Bayes Business School has an acceptance rate of 14%, which is significantly lower than business degrees at other universities. For example, Kingston Business School has an acceptance rate of 20-30%, and Brunel Business school has a significantly higher acceptance rate of 65-70%. Therefore, it is important to make your application stand out as much as possible, given the selectivity of Bayes Business School’s admissions process.

With the help of The Profs’ expert business school admissions tutors, more than 90% of students receive an offer from their first or second choice universities. Our students regularly get into Bayes Business School as well as London Business School, Oxbridge, and more. Get in touch with our team to maximise your chances of receiving an offer.

What are Bayes Business School’s entry requirements?

Bayes Business School accepts a range of qualifications, including A levels, International Baccalaureate (IB), European Baccalaureate, and more. The table below shows the entry requirements for A levels and the IB – if you are studying for another qualification, check Bayes’ international entry requirements for more information.

Entry requirements for undergraduate courses:

CourseEntry requirements (A levels)Entry requirements (International Baccalaureate)
BSc Accounting and FinanceAAA35 points overall with at least 18 points across three Higher Level subjects.
BSc Actuarial ScienceAAA (Including Mathematics)35 points overall with at least 18 points across three Higher Level subjects, with minimum 6 in Higher Level Maths.
BSc Data Analytics and Actuarial Science

BSc Finance with Actuarial Science

AAA (Including Mathematics)35 points overall with at least 18 points across three Higher Level subjects, including either HL4 or SL5 in both Mathematics and English.
BSc Banking and International Finance

BSc Business Management

BSc Business Management with Social Purpose

BSc Business Management, Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BSc Business with Finance

BSc Business with Marketing

BSc Finance

BSc International Business

BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management

AAA35 points overall with at least 18 points across three Higher Level subjects, including either HL4 or SL5 in both Mathematics and English.

Make sure that you review the subject-specific pages on the Bayes website for detailed information on the entry requirements before applying. If you require support getting the grades for Bayes, whether you’re an international or UK student, our A level tutors and IB tutors can help you meet the entry requirements and secure an offer. 

Entry requirements for postgraduate courses:

Course(s)Degree requirementsWork experience requirementsAdmissions test requirements
MSc coursesTypically require a UK 2:1 degree or above (or the equivalent from an overseas institution) in a related subject.Not typically a requirement.Not required for some courses, however others highly recommend applicants sit the GMAT (see GMAT section below).
MBA (Full-time)A good university degree (2:1 or above) or appropriate professional qualification.

Alternatively, at least six years’ relevant business experience if you do not have a degree.

A minimum of three years’ full-time professional experience, gained after graduation.

Alternatively, at least six years’ relevant business experience if you do not have a degree.

All applicants are required to take either GMAT or GRE. You should aim for a well-balanced minimum GMAT score of 600 or for an equivalent minimum score in GRE.
Executive MBA (EMBA)A good university degree (2:1 or above) or appropriate professional qualification.  Alternatively, at least six years’ relevant business experience if you do not have a degree.A minimum of five years’ full-time work experience, gained after graduation.

Alternatively, at least six years’ relevant business experience if you do not have a degree.

Not typically required.

Always check on the individual course pages or with Bayes Business School directly if you’re unsure of the entry requirements or have any questions about the postgraduate admissions process before applying.

7 tips for getting into Bayes Business School

1. Is your academic record as polished as possible?

The entry requirements for Bayes Business School differ amongst both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For example, all undergraduate courses at Bayes require AAA at A level, but some (Actuarial Science, Data Analytics and Actuarial Science, and Finance with Actuarial Science) require you to have Mathematics A level. It’s so important to check for specific requirements like these before you apply to make sure you are eligible and your application will be considered.

If you’re applying to Bayes and need some help meeting the AAA entry requirements, our A level tutors can help. In 2023, 75% of our students achieved a higher school grade than predicted when working with us, so reach out to The Profs for support if you need it.

Joe’s tip: If you are not predicted to reach the high grades required by Bayes Business School or are looking for a ‘safer’ option, it is worth browsing the requirements of similar courses at City, University of London, of which Bayes belongs to. For example, Bayes’ BSc Business Management requires applicants to achieve AAA at A level (or equivalent), however City’s BSc Economics only requires BBB at A level, despite Economics degrees typically having higher entry requirements than Business Management.

At postgraduate-level, courses vary greatly both in their specific contents and their entry requirements, so again, it’s important to check the requirements of the course you’re applying for. For example, most MSc programmes at Bayes do not require any work experience, however an MBA requires at least three years’ professional work experience and an EMBA requires at least five years’. Some courses also require applicants to attend an interview and/or take the GMAT, which you’ll need to score at least 600 in to be considered competitive, according to Bayes. 

Our network of interview trainers and GMAT tutors have helped thousands of students achieve high scores in the GMAT exam and secure places at Bayes Business School, Oxbridge, London Business School, and other top universities for Masters in Business.

Get in touch with our GMAT team today for personalised advice and top-quality tuition. Also check out ‘How to prepare for the GMAT.’

Insider tip: Understanding the significance of your academic record is crucial, especially given that Bayes Business School ranks very highly amongst other business schools. Prioritise your grades strategically to enhance your chances in this competitive application process. Reach out to our tutors to receive one-to-one support with your GCSEs, A-levels, IBs, or resits sooner rather than later to maximise your potential.

2. Talk to them!

Bayes Business School is one of the only top business schools to include their admissions team’s contact information on almost every course page – so make good use of it! If you have a particular concern, such as a lack of work experience or a weaker grade that needs an explanation, Bayes is one of the best admissions departments to listen to your story. 

The Profs has helped many students arrange one-to-one meetings with Bayes’ admissions team and advised them on how best to frame their concerns whilst also showing their key strengths. As a result of these meetings, we have frequently had our applicants to Bayes receive a same-day offer! Get in touch with the expert admissions team today to ensure you make your application stand out amongst the competition.

Insider tip: By reaching out to Bayes admissions department, you can receive specific advice that other applicants may not be aware about and have any of your outstanding questions answered to ease the stress of the process! Use the opportunity to gather as much information from various people within the team before you start your application process. Reach out to The Profs to receive support in arranging meetings with the Bayes admission team!

3. How to actually go beyond your school syllabus

If you’re applying for an undergraduate-level Business course, most students will never have studied Business before – and that’s absolutely fine. Bayes won’t be expecting undergraduate applicants to have experience studying Business or in a professional business environment. However, what they will expect to see is evidence of your passion for the subject and your drive to learn and succeed professionally.

In your personal statement, it’s important that you show you’ve gone beyond the confines of school-level study to deepen your interest and understanding of the world of business. This could be through wider reading, listening to podcasts and TED talks, taking an online course, attending conferences, gaining work experience or volunteering, and more. Check out ‘How to write a winning personal statement!’

Joe’s tip: The world of business is incredibly broad and encompasses many different specialisms, from business ethics to marketing to economics and accounts. Rather than attempting to mention all of these areas in your personal statement, we recommend focusing on just one or two that particularly interest you. This way, you can go into greater depth as to why you want to attend business school and write a more convincing personal statement.

At postgraduate-level, you should go into detail about the specific modules and independent study you have done at undergraduate-level that have prepared you for a Master’s at Bayes Business School. For example, if you’re applying to MSc Charity Marketing and Fundraising, did you do your dissertation on the UK charity sector and, if so, what did you conclude? Perhaps you have gained some work experience for a national or local charity – if so, what did you learn about the industry and how did it motivate you to pursue the subject at Master’s level?

The Profs’ experienced personal statement tutors can provide further guidance on how you can write a stand-out Master’s personal statement that enhances your application to Bayes Business School. We’ve helped hundreds of students achieve places there, so we know exactly what admissions officers will be looking for.

4. Lay the ‘groundwork’ for acceptance

Business schools, including Bayes, will want to see evidence of your business mindset and entrepreneurial spirit, so it’s important to gain some experience or have examples that show this. There are many ways you can demonstrate these types of skills, such as by finding work experience in a field you’re particularly interested in. For example, if you’re interested in the financial and accounting aspects of business management, you could gain work experience at a financial services or accounting firm.

Joe’s tip: Bayes Business School is known for its excellent industry ties and employment prospects after graduation. 90% of its students are in employment or go on to further study within the six months after they graduate and leading global companies such as Goldman Sachs and IBM regularly recruit from Bayes. 

Therefore, its admissions team will be particularly drawn to applicants who they confidently feel will land a job and succeed in the industry after university. When you’re writing your personal statement (especially a Master’s personal statement), it’s a good idea to include a five-year career plan to demonstrate this. Read our guide to writing a Master’s personal statement for more tips on how to come up with a plan and incorporate it effectively in your statement.

If you’re not sure what you can include as evidence of your business mindset in your personal statement, then get in touch with our expert Business personal statement tutors. We can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to developing a strong personal statement that will appeal to Bayes Business School’s admissions team.

Insider tip: Remember, you can prove your passion for business and demonstrate your entrepreneurial spirit through alternative means to traditional work experience. For instance, if you’ve set up a side hustle alongside school, such as freelance writing or graphic design or running a Depop shop, then this suggests you have the ‘spark’ required for success in business.

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

5. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

Getting into Bayes Business school is a great goal to have, but it’s also important to think about the long-term plan. Like Oxbridge, Warwick, Imperial College Business School, and other top UK universities, Bayes Business School will not only want to see a genuine passion and commitment to studying your chosen course, but also a plan of how the skills and knowledge you will develop on the course will help you achieve long-term goals. Bayes Business School have said they use this section of your personal statement to assess whether the course you have applied for is the right one for you. So, make sure you tailor it to make yourself stand out.

Remember, Bayes Business School won’t expect you to be super detailed or stick to your plan at this stage, but it’s good to show that you are motivated. It is important to look into the future, for example if you are an undergraduate it may be useful to mention the MBA you wish to complete after your degree; focus on your motivations for completing the degree.

For more support on coming up with a career plan or simply tailoring your personal statement to a university like Bayes Business School, get in touch with our expert admissions team.

Insider tip: A good way to incorporate your future goals and plans is to explore the modules of the course you intend to apply for. Highlight how these particular modules give you an advantage in the career sector you wish to enter after graduating.

6. Don’t trip on GMAT/GRE tests

Undergraduate courses at Bayes will not require a GMAT/GRE result. However, for postgraduate courses, specifically for an MA course a GMAT is required. For an MBA, Bayes accept either the GMAT or the GRE, but it is important to be aware that some employers may specifically ask for a GMAT score, so bear this in mind when deciding which test to take.

The GMAT or the GRE is highly recommended for some competitive courses at Bayes Business School in order to strengthen your application. These courses include: 

  • MSc Banking and International Finance
  • MSc Corporate Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc International Accounting and Finance
  • MSc International Business
  • MSc Investment Management
  • MSc Management (MiM)
  • MSc Marketing Strategy and Innovation
  • MSc Real Estate Investment

Check out the full list of courses on the Bayes website to get more detailed information on their specific requirements.

If you take the GMAT, Bayes says you should be looking to achieve a well-balanced score in the range of 600-800. The average GMAT score of Bayes’ MBA students is 650, so you should be aiming for that as a minimum when you’re preparing for the exam. The minimum score that Bayes look for in the GMAT is 600 and for the GRE is 555, so make sure you are well prepared to maximise your score in either tests!

These tests can be difficult to prepare for without the guidance and support of an experienced expert. That’s why we recommend being coached by our professional GMAT or GRE tutors, all of whom have extensive knowledge of the exams and many of whom are ex-exam officers with insider knowledge on the process. Get in touch with our team to get started with your GMAT or GRE preparation today.

It is important to bear in mind that starting February 1st, 2024 the only version available for applicants to take will be the updated GMAT Focus Edition. In contrast to the traditional GMAT, the updated GMAT Focus eliminates grammar, a significant portion of geometry, and the essay section. Additionally, the GMAT Focus places greater emphasis on evaluating data analysis skills for scoring. Essentially, the GMAT Focus will test your analytical and quantitative reasoning within a time-constrained format.

Check out ‘How to prepare for the new GMAT Focus Edition.’

Insider tip: Before you undertake the actual GMAT or GRE test, complete some practice tests online beforehand to familiarise yourself with the concept of it in order to maximise your score. Bayes offer a free GMAT test in order to get familiar with the style of questions you will be asked. 

7. Remember the purpose of your interview

Bayes Business School holds interviews for some of its most competitive and demanding postgraduate courses as part of the admissions process. These courses include:

  • MSc Energy, Trade and Finance
  • MSc Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Management
  • MSc Marketing Strategy and Innovation
  • MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance
  • MBA (Full-time)
  • Executive MBA (EMBA)

It is crucial to familiarise yourself with the interview style beforehand to maximise your potential in an interview and the time you have during the interview. Some interviews with Bayes may take place in person, or they may opt for a virtual interview. Preparing for a virtual interview is essential just as you would for an in-person one. Virtual interviews can take place in two formats:

Pre-recorded interviews

  • In this style, you will be presented with various questions, and your answers will be timed, usually lasting 1–2 minutes. You may be allowed to practice 1–2 questions before you begin the interview to familiarise yourself with the style. 

Live virtual interviews

  • This interview style takes place on platforms such as Zoom, Teams, or Skype and is face-to-face with one or two interviewers.

It’s important that you prepare for these interviews thoroughly, ensuring you know what type of interview you’ll face and considering what questions you could be asked. The Profs’ admissions tutors have helped many students successfully pass the interview stage at Bayes and can increase your chances of getting in, too. Reach out to our team to find out more about our interview training services. 

Check out our article on how to smash an online interview for university!

For more tips on how to prepare for a postgraduate interview, you can also read our helpful guide: How to prepare for a postgraduate interview.

Insider tip: If you are preparing for a virtual interview, make sure you do not forget about common ways that students often trip up. For example, make sure you pre-test the device that you will use for the interview to ensure that you do not face any technical difficulties during your interview. Also ensure that you perfect your virtual interview attire; just because the interview is not taking place in person, does not mean you can wear whatever you like. Bayes typically recommends choosing professional business clothes that you would also wear in a face-to-face interview!

Get in touch with The Profs’ expert interview coaches in order to get your interview approach to the highest standard!

Get 1-1 expert guidance from an expert admissions tutor

At The Profs, we have many admissions consultants who can guide you through the process of applying to Bayes Business School, as well as London Business School, Oxford, Cambridge, and other top universities for Business and Management. In fact, over 95% of our undergraduate and postgraduate applicants receive an offer from their first or second choice universities. 

We can even support you in your wider degree-level education, using our many years of experience to guide you through everything from writing your dissertation to applying for the most competitive postgraduate courses. Get in touch with our experienced team today to get started.

We have expert tutors for:

To maximise your potential of receiving an offer contact our team for bespoke support.


Does Bayes Business School require the IELTS?

Bayes Business School requires all students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to have an excellent command of the English language to study its courses. Therefore, if English is not your first language, you may be required to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Bayes requires applicants to achieve a well balanced score of at least 7.0 in IELTS Academic, with no less than 6.5 in each individual section. Bayes also accepts the IELTS Indicator test with the same minimum scores.

In some cases, the IELTS requirement can be waived (for example, if you have worked or studied in an English-speaking country for over a year). For more information on IELTS waivers, contact Bayes’ admissions team.

For more information on the IELTS and how to prepare for it, read our helpful guides by clicking on the button below. For more tailored, one-to-one support, our highly qualified and experienced IELTS tutors can help. Our experts have in-depth knowledge of the test and the level your English vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and speaking needs to be at in order to pass successfully. Get in touch with our team for more details.

Where is Bayes Business School?

Bayes Business School is part of City, University of London. It is located on the east side of central London near the bustling hubs of Shoreditch and Finsbury. 

Is City, University of London a Russell Group university?

Unlike many other universities belonging to the University of London (including UCL, LSE and Queen Mary), City is not a Russell Group university. However, it’s worth noting that though belonging to the Russell Group is one marker of a great university, it is by no means the only significant indicator. Several other of the UK’s top universities are not Russell Group universities, including University of St Andrews, Loughborough University, University of Bath and Lancaster University, all of which consistently rank within the top 15 in national league tables. City is also world-renowned for its business school, Bayes, and known in the UK for its consistently high student satisfaction rates.

Does Bayes Business School require GMAT?

Bayes Business School requires applicants take the GMAT or the GRE for some competitive courses, including MSc Banking and International Finance, MSc International Business, and MSc Management (MiM). For MA Bayes ask for GMAT and for MBA they ask for GMAT or GRE.

If you take the GMAT, Bayes says you should be looking to achieve a well-balanced score in the range of 600-800. The average GMAT score of Bayes’ MBA students is 650, so you should be aiming for that as a minimum when you’re preparing for the exam. If you take the GRE the minimum score you need to attain is 555

The GMAT and GRE can be difficult to prepare for without the guidance and support of an experienced expert. That’s why we recommend using our professional GMAT and GRE tutors, all of whom have extensive knowledge of the GMAT and GRE exam and many of whom are ex-exam officers with insider knowledge on the process. 

Also, it is important to remember that starting February 1st, 2024 the only version available for applicants to take will be the updated GMAT Focus Edition.

Get in touch with our team to get started with your GMAT and GRE preparation today.