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Oxford Said MBA – Introduction


What is the most unique thing about Oxford University’s Saïd Business School? That it is connected to the University of Oxford. Every MBA student is a member of a college or hall, meaning they are embedded right in the life of the wider university.

The course involves a conventional MBA core, then students take seven to nine of the 30-plus electives, which include courses in unusual subjects such as The Circular Economy, Impact Investing, and ESG.

Intriguingly, Oxford Saïd also offers a 1+1 program that lets students take a one-year MSc followed by an MBA, allowing people to delve into a subject before capping it off with a general business qualification — an interesting (and cost-effective) alternative to the U.S. two-year MBA. So far, around 20 students take this option each year.


  • For the MBA class of 2018, the median GMAT of students was 690 and admittees had an average of five years of work experience. By far the most popular employment background of applicants is financial services.
  • 334 MBAs were admitted to the 2018 class with an average age of 28. Of the class, 92% are international students and 41% are female.
  • Fees for the class of 2018/2019: £55,000 (US$72,314)
  • Oxford’s one-year MBA program includes lectures, seminars, group work and team project work – the aim of which is to develop students’ abilities to think logically, laterally and independently.
  • Students on Saïd’s MBA are also a part of the wider Oxford community and are able to participate in the huge variety of societies and clubs available. There are over 85 sports clubs to join, outstanding sports facilities, along with a range of social clubs and societies. Furthermore, the individual colleges which make up Oxford have many of their own musical and social clubs. Students can also get involved in the student union and the Oxford Union – the world’s most famous debating society, with previous guest speakers including Malcolm X, Stephen Hawking and Benazir Bhutto.

The Oxford MBA class of 2017-18 comprised 334 students of 60 different nationalities. This was broken down into 32% of the cohort coming from Asia, 28% from North America, 15% from Europe, 14% from Africa and the Middle East, 6% from Oceania, and 5% from Latin America.

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