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Financial Courses at Oxford University
There is unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise in the financial courses at Oxford. Oxford Finance coordinates the finance-related activities and provides a guide to those interested in research, courses, conferences and seminars.
Research at Oxford
Oxford University are committed to disseminating research findings to those working in the financial services industry, and to those who regulate the sector. Research that feeds into financial courses includes financial econometrics and the microeconomics of financial markets; the regulatory and legal aspects of financial markets and institutions; mathematical and computational aspects of finance, including pricing derivatives, trading strategies and risk.
Research at the Oxford-Man Institute brings together scholars from all departments with particular strength in computational finance, maths of behavioural finance, financial econometrics and hedge fund research.
Research in the Saïd Business School focusses on empirical and theoretical aspects of asset pricing and corporate finance, and banking. Other researchers with an active interest in finance work in the departments of statistics, engineering, physics and geography.
Applications to Oxford are made through UCAS by mid-October. The Mathematical Sciences Admissions Test (MAT) will be sat by candidates in November with those selected invited for interview in mid-December. Applicants for the joint degrees should expect at least one interview on each discipline. All courses are highly competitive.
The degree structure
There are three and four year financial course degrees (BA/Mmath). For the BA, a final classification is based on second and third year assessment. MMath students receive this classification on the fourth year. Each degree boasts a wide range of options available from the second year onwards. The decision to continue onto the fourth year is made at the end of your third year.
Joint financial courses
Mathematics and Statistics (BA/Mmath)
The same first year as the Mathematics degrees, before options increasingly move towards probability and statistics.
Mathematics and Computer Science (BA/MMathCompSci)
Offers opportunities for potential computer scientists to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical foundations of their subject and gives mathematicians access to a practical understanding of the use of computers and the limits on the use of computers in their own subject.
Mathematics and Philosophy (BA/ MmathPhil)
A mixture of these two disciplines during the first three years. In the third and fourth years students may choose to specialize entirely in mathematics or philosophy or to retain a mixture.
Mathematics and Theoretical Physics –(MmathPhys)
Students who are in their 3rd year of Mathematics, Physics, or Physics and Philosophy degrees can apply to transfer onto this 4th year course. As with the other joint degrees, you may choose to be highly specialised or gain a broad knowledge of the discipline.
Masters degree programmes
Masters in Financial Economics
A top ranked Masters in Finance, all students take carefully integrated core modules in corporate finance, asset pricing, financial econometrics, and economics.
Masters in Law and Finance
Taught jointly by the Law Faculty and the Saïd Business School, this is an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of economic and financial concepts and their application to legal topics.
Masters in Mathematical and Computational Finance
Provides graduates with a strong mathematical background with the necessary skills to apply their expertise to the solution of real finance problems.
Masters in Mathematical Finance
This part-time MSc in Mathematical Finance develops students' mathematical modelling, data analysis and computational skills in applications to finance, covering the most important technical and quantitative aspects of finance in regular use in financial institutions.
Finance also features heavily in the Oxford MBA. Finance is also an optional subject in the Undergraduate Economics and Management degree.
Short Courses in Mathematical Finance
Advanced Modules of the MSc in Mathematical Finance are available as 'short courses'. No proof of qualification is required to attend a module as a short course, but students are expected to have good background knowledge in mathematical finance
Diploma in Financial Strategy
Designed for experienced finance practitioners and managers, this one-year, part-time postgraduate qualification is designed to accelerate your career to the most senior levels.
DPhil in Financial Economics
While there are variations according to your subject area and your own experience when you join the programme, you can expect to have extensive training in all the principal research methods.