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MSc in Law and Finance at Oxford University

MSc in Law and Finance at Oxford University

The MSc in Law and Finance is taught jointly by the Law Faculty and the Saïd Business School. It will provide you with an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of economic and financial concepts and their application to legal topics. The MSc combines a highly analytic academic core with tailor-made practical applications derived from collaboration with professional and regulatory organisations.

There are two core finance courses, Finance and First Principles of Financial Economics, a core interdisciplinary course, Law and Economics of Corporate Transactions, and one or more elective courses in law. There are also pre-sessional courses in maths and financial reporting.

Students selecting the Law Stream will take two law electives from a tailored list of courses available to students on the Bachelor of Civil Law. Students selecting the Finance Stream, take one law elective plus a mandatory Corporate Valuation course in the second term and one finance elective in the third term. Coursework is assessed, with timed examinations during or at the end of term. Those taking the dissertation option are required to submit a ten-thousand word dissertation in the third term instead of the exam.

Entry requirements (2017-18)

Entry requirements

Within equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will meet the following entry requirements:

Proven and potential academic excellence

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or a very strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in law. Equivalent qualifications may include a master’s in law or a postgraduate diploma in law or other law professional equivalent. USA applicants should have a minimum GPA 3.7 out of 4.0.

There are usually no interviews and publications are not expected. Work experience in a relevant field may be an advantage, but not a requirement. Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

The success of an application also depends about the appropriate availability of supervision, teaching, facilities and places for the applicant’s chosen area of work.


Transcripts should detail the individual grades received in university-level qualifications to date. Only upload official documents issued by your institution. Any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation.

Curriculum vitae

A CV/résumé is compulsory. Most applicants choose to submit a document of one to two pages highlighting their academic achievements and any relevant professional experience.

Personal statement

This should be written in English and explain your motivation for applying for the course at Oxford, your relevant experience and education, and the specific areas that interest you and/or you intend to specialise in.


One essay of two thousand words must be written in English and on a legal topic. This will be assessed for a comprehensive understanding of the subject area, an understanding of problems in the area, an ability to construct and defend an argument, your powers of analysis and your powers of expression.


Three references/letters of recommendation, of which at least two must be academic.


The Law Faculty has outstanding library facilities provided by the Bodleian Law Library.


There are over one-thousand full graduate scholarships available across the University covering course and college fees plus a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Costs (for entry 2017-18):

Tuition fee: 28855 GBP sterling

College fee: 3021 GBP sterling

Total annual fee: 31876 GBP sterling

A 4320 GBP sterling deposit is due within thirty days of acceptance of an offer.

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