Application requirements

You need to submit your online application form and supporting materials by your chosen application deadline.

To apply to our MFE programme you need the following:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • GMAT/GRE
  • Work experience (preferable)
  • References
  • Essay
  • Kira Talent video assessment
  • English language proficiency

You will also be required to pay a £100 application fee.

Undergraduate degree

You should have a minimum of a 2:1 (3.5 GPA) or its equivalent. View the University of Oxford's list of international qualifications if you are unsure what the equivalent mark would be for your qualification.

  • If your degree result is lower than this, it is very unlikely that your application will be successful. 
  • If you have a Master's degree, we will still look at your undergraduate degree as part of your application review. 
  • Your degree does not have to be in Finance or Economics, however it is important that your quantitative skills are very strong and that you can demonstrate these. At the start of the course all students are expected to have a working knowledge of calculus and should know the basics of vectors and matrices, probability, statistics, and econometrics.

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

GMAT/GRE

Please note that this is not a test of your English language abilities.  Every applicant must provide a valid GMAT or GRE score prior to the deadline in order for an application to be considered.  We do not provide GMAT or GRE waivers.

We recommend that the quantitative scores are in the 85th percentile, the verbal scores are in the 80th percentile and the analytical writing score is at least 5.

  • Please contact GMAC/GRE directly to arrange to take the test. We have no preference between the GMAT and the GRE.
  • All sections of the GMAT/GRE must be taken in order to be considered valid. Whilst we will accept GMAT Online scores in exceptional individual circumstances, such as stringent local or national lockdown measures, but we have a preference for the in-person test wherever possible.
  • 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.
  • In addition to providing your test centre with these codes, you must upload a PDF of your official score report to the application portal by your chosen application deadline.
  • GMAT/GRE scores are not valid if they are older than five years on the programme start date.
  • You should aim to sit the exam at least 20 days before the deadline, as it can take this long for ETS/GMAC to release the score report to you.

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 CV as part of their application.

Please complete the work experience section of the form in addition to uploading your CV to ensure relevant parts of your application are not overlooked.

References

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.
  • We require references to come from a valid institutional or professional email address; we will not accept a reference from a gmail/hotmail (or similar) address under any circumstances.
  • We cannot accept references via any other channel than our official system, including by post or email.
  • We do not accept references from friends or family members.

Essay

'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)

Kira Talent video assessment

To virtually meet you, get a sense of your personality and see how you think on your feet, you will need to complete an online assessment as part of your application. This includes four motivation and competency based questions, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your motivations for undertaking the MFE and your relevant skills and qualities.

Once you have submitted your application you will see a link in your application status portal. You can then register with Kira Talent, our online assessment platform, and complete your assessment. The link will appear up to 24 hours after submitting your application. We strongly encourage you to leave yourself enough time to practice and complete the online assessment by the deadline in which you are applying.

You will be provided with preparation time and practice sessions before going live with your real responses. The whole online assessment should take no longer than 15 minutes for you to complete. All you need is a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection.

English language capability

You will need to prove your English language capability through one of the below means if you are a national of a non-majority English speaking country (listed below) as defined by the UK Visas & Immigration Office*.

Completed degree-level course entirely in English

Proof of English language proficiency may be accepted at the discretion of the University, in cases where you have either:

  • 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. Evidence must be provided by submitting an official letter from your institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English OR by uploading transcripts from your institution, which clearly indicates that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English. 

or

  • You have completed a degree in a majority English speaking country, as outlined by the UK Visas & Immigration Office.*

In both instances, the course must have been completed within 2 years of the start date of the course to which you are applying.

If you are unable to provide a letter or transcript from a recognised institution stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was in English, or you did not complete a degree in the countries listed below, you must provide a TOEFL or IELTS score.

A TOEFL score

Test of English as a Foreign Language® is a standardised test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enrol in English-speaking universities. The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank. TOEFL scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the programme start date for which you are applying.

  • Minimum Score: 110
  • Minimum required on each component: Listening - 22, Reading - 24, Writing - 24, Speaking - 25
  • Test scores must all be achieved in one sitting; we do not accept TOEFL Best Score results.

An IELTS score

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS™, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the programme start date for which you are applying.

  • Minimum Score: 7.5
  • Minimum required on each component: 7.0

A CAE score

The Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, or CAE, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.  We will only accept scores which are less than two years old on the programme start date for which you are applying.  If admitted you will be asked to supply an official copy of the certificate.

  • Minimum Score: 191
  • Minimum required on each component: 185

A CPE score

The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or CAE, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.  We will only accept scores which are less than two years old on the programme start date for which you are applying.  If admitted you will be asked to supply an official copy of the certificate.

  • Minimum Score: 191
  • Minimum required on each component: 185

 

Please note that if you do not meet the minimum English language requirements, your application will not be processed.

 

* UK Visa and Immigration Office English speaking country list

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