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MSc in Financial Economics

About the course

The MSc in Financial Economics (MFE) is a full-time, nine-month programme that provides outstanding training in the tools of financial economics sought by financial institutions, companies and public organisations. The course combines a rigorous academic core with tailored practical applications, designed in consultation with leading financial recruiters.

The MFE is delivered through the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and is run jointly by the Saïd Business School's finance faculty and the University's Department of Economics. This means that, unlike more conventional graduate courses, the programme features interactive classes, use of case studies, practitioner teaching, and proactive careers support.

Throughout the course, teaching stresses the links between theories in financial economics and key finance activities. Topics are chosen in the economics courses for their relevance to finance. The MFE has been designed in close consultation with a panel of advisers from leading financial institutions. This panel has helped ensure that the choice and content of courses match the needs of employers. The panel continues to play an important role on the MFE, providing up-to-date practitioner advice on course content, supplying adjunct faculty and representing major recruiters.

The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics course offers:

  • pre-course training to become familiar with key concepts and techniques
  • three days of training in financial markets and institutions, which may take place in either Oxford/London, New York or Shanghai
  • four core courses in asset pricing, economics, corporate finance and financial econometrics
  • five electives to choose from a wide range that develop individual skills and specialisations
  • the opportunity to participate in the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, a series of practical workshops on financial modelling involving real-world case studies.

The assessment regime is a flexible combination of examinations, assignments and individual projects.

Graduate destinations

Careers Service

Whether you want to get a top job in banking, consulting or industry, become an entrepreneur, or pursue a career in academia, the Saïd Business School’s careers service can help you achieve your goals.
The careers service provides interview training, helps develop their networking skills, assists in producing excellent CVs, and ensures you are prepared for anything the job market can throw at you.

You will also have access to a select group of sector consultants who have experience of working for leading firms across a broad range of sectors including management consulting, finance, high tech, new ventures, media and communications, and diversified industry.

Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office

The Oxford Business Alumni Network (OBA), the official alumni network of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, was established in 1998 to provide a focus for Oxonians who have a special interest in the world of business. There are more than 12,000 OBA Network members living in 129 countries across the globe. The OBA Network is overseen by the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2017-18

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

SBS MSc in Financial Economics entry requirements


The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art business schools in the world. Facilities include four horseshoe-style lecture theatres where most classes take place and a 300-seat lecture theatre opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 to cater for larger-scale lectures and events.

A key feature of the building is the provision of informal working areas. There are numerous open spaces throughout, including cloistered walkways and a large internal courtyard – all of which help to foster interaction between students, faculty and visitors.

The Sainsbury Library is Saϊd Business School’s own dedicated resource. This state-of-the-art facility is spacious and fully equipped with desk space, wireless and networked computers, printers and copiers. Experienced library staff are available for advice and can help you use advanced search tools to carry out research for course projects and theses.

Specialist research centres at the SBS mirror the knowledge-intensive end of a creative economy. They are helping particular sectors to wrestle with the challenges they face and to discover new directions through research. These centres include the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, amongst many others.


There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.

A number of Research Council awards are available each year from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Annual fees for entry in 2017-18

Fee status

Tuition fee

College fee

Total annual fees

(including Islands)

The fees shown above are the annual tuition and college fees for this course for entry in the stated academic year; for courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

Tuition and college fees are payable each year for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition and college fees).


If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Fee status

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

(including Islands)
£5,400Approximately 30 days after an offer is made

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about tuition fees, college fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details on the impact of the result of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union.

Additional information

There are no compulsory elements of this course that entail additional costs beyond fees and living costs.  However, as part of your course requirements, you may need to choose a dissertation, a project or a thesis topic. Please note that, depending on your choice of topic and the research required to complete it, you may incur additional expenses, such as travel expenses, research expenses, and field trips. You will need to meet these additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses.

Living costs

In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the range of likely living costs is between £1,002 and £1,471 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our Living costs page.

How to apply

Admission to the MSc in Financial Economics is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. To apply and for further details about the course, its requirement and deadline(s), please see the SBS webpage on how to apply for the MSc in Financial Economics.

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