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Saïd Business School – University of Oxford - Masters in Financial Economics

Oxford MSc Financial Economics Program Structure

The Oxford MSc Financial Economics is a full-time nine-month program. The program features pre-course training that includes a three-day international module, four core courses in asset pricing, economics, corporate finance and financial econometrics, five electives to develop individual skills and specializations and a series of practitioner lectures in finance to provide students with insights into how the financial services sector is being shaped.

The program is run jointly between the school of business and the Department of Economics. The program is taught with an emphasis on the links between financial economics theories and key finance activities.


All students are given reading material to aid in pre-course training. This is helpful for those students who do not have a background in finance. All students are required to take part in pre-course classes in math, Matlab and accounting.

Students must take part in four core courses that cover the topics of corporate finance, asset pricing, financial econometrics and economics. Students must also take at least five elective courses. These courses cover topics ranging from corporate valuation to private equity. Electives are created to allow students to specialize in a specific area of interest.

Students have the option to pursue an additional Research track with their MFE degree. This opportunity is geared towards those students who plan to continue their education with doctoral research in financial economics.

Class Profile

The Oxford MSc Financial Economics is a highly diverse group with 96 percent of students coming from other countries. The average class size is around 80. About 22 percent of the most recent class identified as female and the average GMAT score was 733.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The course fees and tuition for the Oxford University MSc Financial Economics program are £45,000.

Applicants who are offered and accept a place in the program are asked to pay a 15 percent non-refundable deposit, which is offset against their fees. The deposit is due 30 days after notification of acceptance.

Several scholarships are available for those students who qualify. In order to receive a scholarship, the admissions office asks applicants to please remember to check the scholarship box on the application form.


Oxford University MSc Financial Economics applicants must have an accredited undergraduate degree with a 2.1 (3.5 GPA) or its equivalent. In addition, applicants must submit GMAT/GRE scores, two references (academic or professional), and a 500-word essay on the following topic: “How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will the MSc in Financial Economics assist you in the development of these ambitions?”

Select applicants may need to provide proof of English-speaking proficiency. Work experience is suggested but not required.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round Two – Nov. 1, 2019
Round Three – Jan. 10, 2020
Round Four – March 13, 2020

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