Oxford MSc in Taxation

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The Oxford MSc in Taxation is a two-year, part-time postgraduate degree. It is offered by the Oxford University Faculty of Law and taught in association with the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. 

The Oxford Law Faculty has a long, distinguished history and it is one of the pre-eminent law faculties in the world.

The Centre for Business Taxation is a unique interdisciplinary tax research institute which produces cutting-edge research and is heavily engaged in tax policy debates and tax policy-making in the UK and internationally. It brings together the world’s foremost legal, economic and accounting researchers.

Who is the programme for?

The MSc in Taxation is ideally suited if you are a practitioner in a law or accounting firm and you wish to move from a technical to a deeper understanding of taxation: insights that will take your career to a new level. It is also suitable for professionals working in revenue authorities and treasury departments, as well as for those contemplating an academic career in taxation. 

Who teaches on the programme?

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Unusual among postgraduate taxation degrees, the MSc in Taxation has been designed by lawyers and economists.

The degree is taught by staff from the Law Faculty and the Centre for Business Taxation, as well as a select group of practising lawyers and other leading academics.

This approach ensures that you not only acquire a detailed understanding of technical law, but also the ability to think deeply about the underlying policy considerations. 


The in-built flexibility of the course allows you to tailor your studies to your individual preferences.

This flexibility is particularly important because the MSc in Taxation has been designed as a part-time degree to appeal to a range of students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The degree aims to accommodate both those who are engaged in full-time careers and those who are taking a break but have other duties and responsibilities.


The design of the Master's degree to incorporate legal and economic analysis of tax matters is unique amongst other post-graduate programmes that I have considered and is of great interest.

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