Oxford MSc Financial Economics
Master the finance and economics skills and knowledge demanded by top employers to accelerate your career in finance.
The programme is delivered through Oxford Saïd featuring interactive classes, use of case studies, practitioner teaching, and proactive careers support.
Throughout the programme we stress the links between financial economics theories and key finance activities - topics are chosen in the economics courses for their relevance to finance.
The programme 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, providing up-to-date practitioner advice on course content, supplying adjunct faculty and representing major recruiters.
Once accepted we will provide you with pre-course reading so that, if you lack a background in finance or economics, you can become familiar with key concepts and techniques that will be introduced early on in the programme. Before the first term you will be required to take pre-course classes in maths (depending on your existing level), in Matlab (a computer language), and in accounting. You will also attend pre-course careers training. A maths workbook has been prepared for students to study over the summer before the programme starts. During the first term there will also be additional mathematics and computing classes should you need further practice and support.
We have introduced a three-day Financial Markets and Institutions pre-course that will link academic instruction with talks and seminars by industry practitioners, talks by potential employers, and alumni events. You will be introduced to the wide variety of financial markets and products in a key financial centre such Hong Kong and London.
Four core modules and five electives
You will take four core modules that are carefully integrated: the economics and econometrics modules apply theories and methodologies to finance and the finance modules provide the underlying economic principles of financial practice. Find out more about the core modules.
You will also take five electives. The wide range of electives available enables you to gain a deeper knowledge of areas of special interest. The electives are subject to change from year-to-year depending on demand. Find out more about the elective modules.
Oxford Saïd Finance Lab
You will have the opportunity to take part in the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab in addition to your programme of study. The Lab is a series of practical workshops on financial modelling and real-world case studies, working alongside a number of banking firms and funds, followed by a networking opportunity with representatives. Find out more about the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab.
Modules are assessed using a combination of examinations and assignments. They vary in the way they are assessed, with core modules placing the emphasis on examinations, and electives stressing written assignments, some of which may be undertaken in teams. Although classroom participation is not graded, many modules give credit for case study write-ups that form the basis of classroom discussions.