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.
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 co-curricular toolkit to tackle financial problems ranging from valuations to leveraged buyouts, to M&A transactions and more.
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.
The Business School's 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 depends on your goals, ambitions and previous experiences as well. The Career Development Centre is there to help and offer guidance, support and inspiration every step of the way.
Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Team
The Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network is the official alumni network of Saïd Business School University of Oxford. Overseen by Oxford's Alumni Relations Team, the network was established in 1997 to provide a focus for Oxonians who share a common interest in business, ensuring an active network of emotionally and intellectually engaged alumni.
There are more than 20,500 OBA members living in over 149 countries from across both the school's programmes and the wider University. As part of this network there are 22 chapters and 60 regional ambassadors across six continents, all offering an exciting variety of events from social gatherings to business-focused networking sessions.
Changes to this course and your supervision
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. In certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to course requirements for international study.
Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.
For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
Other courses you may wish to consider
If you're thinking about applying for this course, you may also wish to consider the courses listed below. These courses may have been suggested due to their similarity with this course, or because they are offered by the same department or faculty.
All graduate courses offered by the Saïd Business School
Entry requirements for entry in 2020-21
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 or partial graduate scholarships available across the University. You will be automatically considered for over two thirds of Oxford scholarships, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant January deadline, with most scholarships awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. To help identify those scholarships where you will be required to submit an additional application, use the Fees, funding and scholarships search and visit individual college websites using the links provided on our college pages.
Annual fees for entry in 2020-21
Annual Course fees
|Home/EU (including Islands)||£45,000|
Course 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 course fees). 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.
Course fees cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.
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
|£6,750||Approximately 30 days after an offer is made|
The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.
For more information about course 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 course fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.
For the 2020-21 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,135 and £1,650 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. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2020-21, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 3% each year.
The following colleges accept students on the MSc in Financial Economics:
How to apply
Admission to the MSc in Financial Economics is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. For further details about the course, its requirements, its deadlines and how to apply, please see the course page on the Saïd Business School website (details can be found under Further information and enquiries).