Management & Finance

The Saïd Business School has a diverse research community drawn from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, from economics to sociology and from psychology to mathematics. Eight research centres create a focus for faculty from across both the School and the University and a concentration of research expertise around key themes and disciplines.

The School is an acknowledged global leader in the fields of strategy, social innovation, entrepreneurship, retail management, business taxation, major programme management and private equity.

The Saïd Business School offers a doctoral programme in Management Studies, with two separate training routes in Financial Economics and Management Research.

Students on the +4/+3 route in Management Research can specialise in Strategy, Organisation Studies, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing, Accounting, Management Science, and Operations Management.  To be admitted to the +4 route a relevant Master’s degree is required. Students whose prior research training meets the requirements of the 2015 ESRC Training Guidelines are able to pursue the +3 route.

The Financial Economics pathway, available as a +2, +3 or +4 route, is focused exclusively on finance. The +4 route involves students taking units from the School’s MSc in Financial Economics and in the Department of Economic's MPhil programme, while the +2 route takes in students with subject and methods training gained from completing the MPhil in Economics at Oxford, or suitable equivalents (e.g., MPhil in Finance), to start working on their doctoral thesis. The +3 route would take students with subject and methods training gained from completing a one-year research Masters in Economics, or equivalent.


Doctoral students enhance their experience through collaboration with non-academic partners. For example, one ESRC-funded student undertook an internship with a Spanish bank to gain insight into the challenges in developing a social investment fund. Doctoral students also have the opportunity of engaging with the Business School’s corporate clients in its executive education practice. The Entrepreneurship Centre and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship are both based in the Business School, and provide a range of opportunities for students to develop an entrepreneurial outlook, and offer a complete 'entrepreneurship service’ to students, including training, networks, contacts and support in setting up businesses.

Career destinations of recent graduates include faculty appointments in leading business schools (see details here), and also entrepreneurial start-ups and public sector appointments.

Pathway leader: Dr Jonathan Reynolds


University of Oxford

Saïd Business School
Structure of provision: Management: +3, +4; Financial Economics: +2, +3, +4

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