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Oxford MSc Financial Economics

Oxford MSc Financial Economics

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Please note: Applications to the MSc in Financial Economics 2017-18 are now CLOSED. The application form for entry in the academic year 2018-19 and associated application deadline dates, will be available from August 2017.


  Application deadline Interview decision by Final decision by
Stage 1 9 September 2016 23 September 2016 14 October 2016
Stage 2 28 October 2016 18 November 2016 9 December 2016
Stage 3 6 January 2017 27 January 2017 24 February 2017
Stage 4 17 March 2017 7 April 2017 28 April 2017

The deadline for receiving applications will be on the stated date at 23:59 GMT time. Interview and final decisions will be given at 5pm (GMT time) on the above deadline dates.

Important: Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next stage.

Please note: Candidates can only apply once to one of the above stages in any given admissions year. If you would like to re-apply, you are welcome to do so in the following year. 



An undergraduate degree, equivalent to:

  • 1st or 2.1 
  • or GPA of 3.5+ (USA) 

As evidence, we ask applicants to upload their University degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year.

GMAT score or GRE score

We recommend that the quantitative scores are in the 90th percentile, the verbal scores are in the 80th percentile and the analytical writing score is at least 5.

A. Please contact GMAC/GRE directly to arrange to take the test.

B. All sections of the GMAT/GRE must be taken in order to be considered valid

C. Official online scores must be accessible by our admissions department for your application to be considered complete. For GMAC to release your official scores to the Saïd Business School, please give your test centre the following code: Q0G-4B-54. For your official GRE scores to be released, please give your test taking centre the following code: 0807   

D. GMAT/GRE scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the application deadline date. 

Work experience

It is not mandatory to have any full-time work experience prior to applying to the programme.  However if you have any relevant experience, either full-time or via an internship, this will be considered as part of your application for the programme. All candidates are required to upload a one-page (single side) CV as part of their application.


Two academic or professional references submitted via the online application form. If you are in the process of completing a degree programme, one reference should be from your current institution. Once referee details are input onto the application form an email is generated and emailed to the referee, with details for completing the online reference. Please note we require your references to come from a valid institutional or professional email address. We will not accept a reference from a gmail/hotmail (or similar) address. If your proposed referee does not have a work email address please contact admissions for further advice.

Written work

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? Maximum of 500 words

English language test

A test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met (unless eligible for a waiver) if either: 

a. Your first language is not English OR

b. You are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration office, below.*

*List of majority English speaking countries as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration office

Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana

Minimum score
Minimum required on each component:
Listening - 22
Reading - 24
Writing - 24
Speaking - 25
Minimum required on each component:

Waivers for the English language test

The requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency may be waived at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have:

Successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognised institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English. Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ online courses cannot be considered for the waiver.

Evidence of the above must be provided by either: 

a. Uploading to the application form transcripts from your institution, which clearly indicates that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English OR

b. Uploading to the application form an official letter from your institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English

You have completed a degree in a majority English speaking country,* as outlined above, by the UK Visas and Immigration office. 

As evidence, we will review the transcripts you upload to the application form.

More on TOEFL and IELTS 

The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank.

If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test.

TOEFL and IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying. 

Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.

- A completed online application form

Please ensure your application is complete upon submission. The Admissions Committee can only consider a candidate once all supporting documentation has been received.

We conduct spot checks on a regular basis to ensure the authenticity of applicants' references, work experience and academic background. We also reserve the right to ask for supporting evidence if necessary.

Select your college

Select a college

To be a graduate student at the University of Oxford, you must become a member of a college as well as being accepted by Saïd Business School. Colleges are responsible for your well-being while you are at Oxford and they provide meals, common rooms, libraries, sporting and social facilities, as well as pastoral care for students. Some colleges also offer postgraduate accommodation, although it is not always guaranteed.

Each college has a Middle Common Room (MCR) which serves as the focal point for all graduate activity in the college. The MCR often gets involved in the organisation of sporting and social events – which range from video nights to punting parties, and from football to rowing.

Many graduate students find their college membership a rewarding aspect of their life in Oxford, offering opportunities to socialise with graduate students across a range of disciplines, as well as with undergraduates and fellows of the college; and providing access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities. In most colleges there are also a number of staff who are particularly concerned with pastoral support and guidance for graduate students.

All University of Oxford graduate applicants are forwarded to a college for consideration after they have been offered a place on a programme of study.  If you have been offered a place we will contact you and request your college preference at that time.  If you do not have a preferred college, an automated system will assign your application to a college for consideration.

The following colleges consider MSc in Financial Economics students:

  • 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
  • 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 
  • Wolfson College

If you are accepted onto the programme of study to which you have applied, you are guaranteed a place at a college or permanent private hall but you should be aware that this may not necessarily be your first choice. Some colleges are very over subscribed and applicants who have nominated such a college may be allocated a place at another college by the University.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible, as we are unable to guarantee places on the course later in the year. It is also more difficult to secure accommodation in college in the later stages.

Application process

Application process

At Oxford Saïd we expect our applicants to be exceptional. We will look for evidence that you have a genuine passion for finance, and that you have the enthusiasm and motivation to make the most of your time with us. The application is designed to let you showcase yourself to us.


  1. Candidates must apply online. The application fee is £100 and this should be paid via our online store as part of your application - please ensure you pay the application fee for the MFE.
  2. Selected applicants will then be invited to interview. Not all successful applicants to the programme will have an interview. In each stage the Admissions Committee will review all complete applications received by the deadline. Candidates will be advised on the interview decision deadline whether they are being invited for interview, if they are receiving a direct offer, or that their application has been unsuccessful. In-person interviews are only conducted in Oxford. If necessary, we can conduct Skype interviews although our strong preference is for face-to-face interviews.
  3. Candidates who participate in an interview will be notified of their result on the final decision deadline date of the stage they have applied under.


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