About

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD'S DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS IS HOME TO ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST DIVERSE GROUPS OF ACADEMIC ECONOMISTS IN EUROPE. 

 

Our members come from all over the world, and range from early-career researchers and lecturers to well established, and highly respected permanent faculty. We currently have a permanent faculty of 50, more than 20 early career researchers on fixed-term appointments of three or four years, and 87 doctoral students who play an integral part in our research community.

Economics has a long history in Oxford, but the department is quite young. It was established in 1999, when we took up residence in the new Manor Road Building, designed by Norman Foster. So in 2019-20 we celebrated our 20th birthday.

 

Read more about our history

 

 

Image of all the different types of student and staff found at the department, and the many connected Oxford departments within the wider university

DEPARTMENT PROFILE

 

The Department is itself part of a larger community of economists within the collegiate university. Almost all of our academic staff, and all of our students, are themselves members of one the 39 colleges, where they can engage in educational, social and research-based activities alongside colleagues from a range of different disciplines.  And there are a large number of other academic economists teaching and researching in colleges, and in Research Institutes and other Departments – such as International Development and the Saïd Business School; many of them are affiliated to the Economics Department and work closely with department members.

 

Image text: The Department of Economics has 50 Professsors & Associate Professors, 23 Early Career Researchers, 87 Doctoral Students, 382 Masters students and 1000 Undergraduates.

It's part of the wider Social Sciences Division, which includes International Development, Sociology, Insitute for New Economic Thinking, Saïd Business School, Health Economics Research Centre, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford Martin School, Blavatnik School of Government, Global Priorities Institute and Social Policy.

The department offers 3 undergraduate courses: BA in Economics and Management, BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economis and BA in History and Economics

UNDERGRADUATES 

 

All of our 1000 undergraduates are taking joint degrees in economics and one or two other subjects – such as the well-known Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme. So we liaise closely in teaching with Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, History, and the Business School.

The the department offers offers five graduate degree courses: MPhil in Economics, MSc in Financial Economics, MSc in Development Economics, MSc/MPhil in Economic and Social History and Dphil in Economics

GRADUATES

 

Our graduate degrees include the long-established MPhil in Economics – a two-year degree course preparing students for both professional and research careers in economics. Students who wish to study for a doctorate – a DPhil in Economics – typically begin with the MPhil. Our one-year MSc degrees are each taught jointly by Economics and another department – for example we collaborate with the Saïd Business School to provide the MSc in Financial Economics.

The department's five research centres cover ten research subjects.

RESEARCH

 

The research activity of the Department is broad-based, and we aim to produce first-class research across a range of areas, rather than specialising in particular sub-fields. All academics and research students work within one or more Research Groups, which provide an active and supportive environment for Department members to facilitate the development of high-quality research. Each group is convened by a senior member of the Department who is responsible for coordinating group activities, including regular workshops and seminars. And there are several specialised Research Centres in which department members are closely involved, including the long-established Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) and the Nuffield Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Policy (NuCAMP).

 

Image text: Urbanisation: Applied Microeconomics and Behavioural Economics; IGC: Microeconomic Theory and Economic History; Oxcarre: Finance and Econometrics; CSAE: Development Economics and Macro-economics; NuCamp: Resources and Trade

APPOINTMENTS

 

Department members are actively involved in public policy and public organisations.

Appointments currently held include:

 

CHIEF ECONOMIST OF EUROPEAN BANK OF RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
CHAIR OF THE SCHOOL TEACHERS REVIEW BODY
ACADEMIC ADVISOR TO THE COMPETITION AND MARKETS AUTHORITY
IRISH FISCAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE COUNCIL'S ACADEMIC PANEL
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE GERMAN MINISTRY OF FINANCE
MEMBERSHIPS OF THE ECONOMIC POLICY COUNCIL OF FINLAND