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 programme, 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 Oxford/London and/or Hong Kong
- four core courses in asset pricing, economics, corporate finance and financial econometrics
- five elective courses chosen from a wide range to allow the development of 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.
Careers Development Centre
The Saïd Business School is dedicated to supporting you in defining, articulating and executing your career vision - equipping you with the knowledge, tools and skills to achieve success. It supports students in advancing their careers after the MFE, whether they plan to progress in their current industry or make a transformative career change.
Careers advisors specialise in all major sectors, including finance, consulting, social impact and diversified industries. It supports students seeking a traditional business career and those taking a non-traditional path in a variety of destinations around the world.
Ultimately, what you will gain from your MFE at Oxford depend on your goals, ambitions and previous experiences as well.The Career Development Centre team is there to help and offer guidance, support and inspiration every step of the way.
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 1997 to provide a focus for Oxonians who have a special interest in the world of business. There are more than 16,000 OBA members living in over 140 countries. As part of this network there are 17 chapters and 65 regional ambassadors across six continents – all offering an exciting variety of events from social gatherings to business-focused networking sessions. 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 2018-19
Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:
The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art business schools in the world. Facilities include seven 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.
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 1,100 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).
Further information on scholarships and funding opportunities specific to this course is also provided on the Saïd Business School's MSc in Financial Economics funding webpage.
Annual fees for entry in 2018-19
Total annual fees
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.
Amount of deposit
Date by which deposit must be paid
|£5,700||Approximately 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 of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.
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 choose a project-based elective 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. This course may also run optional pre-course workshops in and outside the UK. Teaching and networking costs will be covered for such workshops, but you would be responsible for your own travel and accommodation costs if you opt to join these workshops. Please note that this course requires that you are primarily taught in Oxford, and you will need to incur travel and accommodation costs to attend the course if you do not live in the Oxford area.
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 2018-19 academic year, the range of likely living costs is between c. £1,015 and £1,555 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.
The following colleges accept students on the MSc in Financial Economics:
- Balliol College
- Campion Hall
- Exeter College
- Green Templeton College
- Harris Manchester College
- Hertford College
- Jesus College
- Keble College
- Kellogg College
- Lady Margaret Hall
- Linacre College
- Lincoln College
- Magdalen College
- Mansfield College
- Oriel College
- Pembroke College
- The Queen's College
- Regent's Park College
- St Anne's College
- St Catherine's College
- St Cross College
- St Edmund Hall
- St Hilda's College
- St Hugh's College
- St Peter's College
- Somerville College
- Wolfson College
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 requirements and deadlines, please see the Saïd Business School webpage on how to apply for the MSc in Financial Economics.