Graduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Economics at Oxford University has around 300 graduate students, amongst whom are some of the finest aspiring economists from around the world. We offer our graduate students a rigorous and relevant training in economics, and provide a setting in which debate and research can flourish. Our graduate courses prepare students for a wide range of careers in academia, government, and business.

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M.Phil. in Economics

M.Phil. in Economics

The MPhil is designed to provide training in economics at the graduate level.  It is comparable to the first two years of a PhD programme at the best US universities.  The MPhil provides a solid foundation for progressing to the DPhil (doctorate) programme at Oxford or elsewhere.  For those who do not wish to progress to a doctorate, the MPhil provides an excellent foundation for a career as a professional economist.  Numerous MPhil graduates have gone on to distinguished careers in economics or related fields.  This is the course recommended to most students coming to Oxford who have not undertaken any previous postgraduate work in economics.


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M.Sc. in Economics for Development

M.Sc. in Economics for Development

This is a one-year taught graduate degree course in Development Economics with a strong emphasis on bringing methods of modern economic analysis to development theory and policy. It aims to prepare students for further academic research and for work as professional economists on development issues in international agencies, governments or the private sector.

The course is jointly offered with the Department of International Development and more information can be found on the course webpage.


MPhil in Economic and Social History

MPhil in Economic and Social History

This two-year specialist programme offers a unique framework for research training in economic and social history. It offers a wide range of options and allows you to specialise in economic and/or social history, or historical demography, although the boundaries between these areas are deliberately permeable.

The course is jointly offered with the Department of History and more information can be found on the course webpage.


MSc in Economic and Social History

MSc in Economic and Social History

This one-year specialist course offers a unique framework for research training in economic and social history. It offers a wide range of options and allows you to specialise in economic and/or social history, or historical demography, although the boundaries between these areas are deliberately permeable.

The course is jointly offered with the Department of History and more information can be found on the course webpage.


M.Sc. in Financial Economics

M.Sc. in Financial Economics

This is a one-year taught graduate degree course that provides training in the tools of financial economics sought by financial institutions, companies and public organisations. It combines a rigorous academic core with tailored practical application, designed in consultation with leading financial recruiters. Our students are placed within top investmment banks, financial consultancies, and government finance ministries.

This course is run jointly with the Saïd Business School. More information can be found on the course webpage.


Doctoral Research Degree in Economics

The Doctoral Research Degree in Economics

Oxford has a thriving group of research students studying towards the award of a DPhil. in Economics. The DPhil is the name Oxford gives to its doctoral degree rather than the more familiar name PhD used in most other universities.


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