Saïd Business School

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Saïd Business School
Established University c. 1096, Centre for Management Studies 1965, Re-branded 1996 [1]
Dean Peter Tufano
Academic staff
Undergraduates 300
Postgraduates 340 MBA
80 MFE
50 MLF
Other students
ca. 70 EMBA
Location Oxford, England,Great Britain,UK
Affiliations University of Oxford

Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd) is an academic department and the business school of the University of Oxford in UK. It is the University of Oxford's centre of learning for undergraduate and graduate students in business, management and finance, serving students together with their membership in the traditional colleges of Oxford. With over 500 matriculated graduate students entering each year, it has the largest intake of all graduate business schools in the UK. Undergraduates are also taught as part of the Economics and Management course together with the Economics Department.

While business and management courses have been taught at Oxford since 1965, the school of management was re-branded as Oxford Saïd Business School in 1996. It is named after its chief benefactor Wafic Saïd, a Syrian-Saudi Arabian billionaire financier and philanthropist, who has donated £70 million to date.[2] The current dean is Peter Tufano, who was formerly on the faculty of the Harvard Business School for 22 years.


The Oxford Centre for Management Studies (OCMS) was founded in 1965; the OMCS was the precursor to both what is now Saïd Business School and to Templeton College, the University's business-focused postgraduate college. Templeton College was named after Sir John Templeton, an American-born Rhodes Scholar and billionaire mutual fund pioneer, who made a significant donation to the college. Initially, OCMS was an "associate institution" of the University, providing executive, graduate and later undergraduate courses in Management Studies. OCMS was renamed Templeton College in 1983, and the University of Oxford School of Management Studies was created in 1991, taking over the undergraduate and graduate degree courses from the college.[3] Saïd Business School was formed in 1996 out of the School of Management Studies.

The new business school building was completed in 2001 with a £23 million benefaction from Wafic Saïd. The building includes an amphitheatre and the Sainsbury Library, and was designed by Edward Jones and Sir Jeremy Dixon. It was built on the site of Oxford Rewley Road railway station. The opening on 5 November 2001 was accompanied by a demonstration by students mainly because of the controversial nature of Wafic Saïd's donation. (Saïd was associated with the UK's signing of the Al-Yamamah arms deal.)[4]

Degree programmes

A bust of Wafic Saïd

Saïd Business School's main degree programmes are its one-year full-time MBA programme, 21-month modular Executive MBA programme, the DPhil or PhD Programme in Management Studies, the MSc in Financial Economics in cooperation with the Economics Department and the one-year MSc in Law and Finance (MLF) in conjunction with the Oxford Law Faculty.

Oxford Saïd also offers four 13-month Masters-level Diplomas in Strategic Management. Each post-graduate Diploma programme offers senior executives a strategic overview of a specialized area of management: Financial Strategy, Strategy & Innovation, Organisational Leadership, and Global Business.

The School runs an MSc in Major Programme Management in association with the BT Centre for Major Programme Management. It also offers two MEng programmes and the top ranked BA in Economics and Management.[5]

Undergraduate programme

Oxford Saïd offers one undergraduate programme: Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management. This programme is taught jointly by the Department of Economics and the Business School.

Graduate programmes

SBS building


Saïd Business School offers a one-year full-time Master of Business Administration degree, which enrolls approximately 250 students per year. In the 2013-2014 class of 247 students, 72% of were male and 28% were female[6] with an age range of 23-42 and 6 years of average work experience.

The School is revamping the MBA programme for the 2014/15 academic year[7] which will focus more heavily on three main themes:

The academic calendar consists of three terms each lasting ten weeks. The first eight weeks are used for lectures. The ninth week is the study week and the tenth week is the exam week. The one-year programme will be extended in 2014/15 to allow for the additional workload. Each of the three terms will be two weeks longer and there will be three extra weeks of pre-course work at the beginning.[7]


Saïd Business School also offers a 21-month part-time 'Executive Master of Business Administration' degree designed for people with more than 5 years’ management experience. The Oxford EMBA is studied through 16 week-long modules largely taught in Oxford, but with at least two conducted in key international markets. As of 2016, the programme runs two iterations per year, with new cohorts starting in both January and September. There are 60 students in September 2016 class, from 21 different nationalities and 28% of which are women. There are several scholarships for women available each year for outstanding candidates..[8]

1+1 MBA

Dean Peter Tufano started the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme which allows students to pair the one-year full-time MBA programme with one of a selection of one-year MSc programmes offered by other University of Oxford departments. For example, students can acquire an MBA in conjunction with a MSc from the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Education. The idea behind the Oxford 1+1 programme is to combine the depth of a specialised, one-year master's degree with the breadth of a one-year MBA.

MSc in Financial Economics

Saïd Business School offers a nine-month full-time MSc in Financial Economics (MFE). The MFE programme enrolls around 80 students per year from over 20 countries.

The MFE curriculum includes four core courses in asset pricing, economics, corporate finance and financial econometrics. Students also select five electives from a wide range of courses to develop individual skills and specialisations.

MSc in Law and Finance

This programme was launched in 2010 and is taught jointly by the Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School. The programme offers students with law backgrounds a chance to develop interdisciplinary understanding of economic and financial contexts. It will support and lead the integration of law and finance, a new field which holds much significance for the future.

DPhil in Management Studies

The Oxford DPhil (PhD) Programme prepares students for academic and professional careers within the fields of financial economics, finance and management. The programme offers the opportunity to engage with internationally renowned faculty and provides access to specialist research centres and innovative facilities.

The structure of the DPhil programme largely depends on the subject area students chose to specialise in. There are two pathways students can follow: financial economics, which focuses on asset pricing and corporate finance, or management research, which focuses on quantitative and qualitative research methodology.[9]

Diploma in Financial strategy

The Diploma in Financial Strategy provides its graduates with the financial acumen of an investment banker, the strategy techniques of a consultant, and the business knowledge of a finance director. The Diploma in Financial Strategy draws on Oxford University's strengths in finance and strategy and offers a distinct intellectual edge. Led by Academic Director, Dr Howard Jones and other world-leading faculty in the areas of strategy and finance, the four programme modules combine the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical understanding of business and wealth creation.

Diploma in Global Business

The Oxford Diploma in Global Business provides its graduates with the insights of an international economist, the skills of a corporate diplomat and the business acumen of a global entrepreneur. Led by Professor Mari Sako and other world-leading faculty in the areas of global business and strategic management the Diploma in Global Business combines the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical approach to global business management. The programme is based on four modules of teaching in the areas of global strategy, risk and reputation, corporate diplomacy in a global context and the challenges of working with emerging economies.

Diploma in Strategy and Innovation

The Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation is a masters-level postgraduate qualification designed to enhance your ability to take effective strategic decisions in today’s dynamic business environment, and to innovate for competitive advantage. Designed for senior managers this intellectually rich programme will extend your knowledge and broaden and deepen your skill base, with a clear focus on practical application.

Diploma in Organisational Leadership

This masters-level postgraduate diploma develops you as a leader who can navigate the complexities of 21st century business. The Diploma in Organisational Leadership is designed for high achievers in significant management roles to question assumptions about management practice and build a deeper understanding of how to manage people and organisations for competitive advantage.

Academic performance

Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
QS[10] 8
Times Higher Education[11] 3
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[12] 26
Economist[13] 83
Financial Times[14] 28

Despite its relatively young age, SBS has established itself as a highly ranked business school. in the 2013/2014 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, Saïd placed fourth in the European part of the ranking.[15]

In 2016, the full-time MBA programme ranked 28th in the world and 3rd in the UK in the Financial Times Ranking[16] In 2013, the full-time MBA programme ranked 7th in Business Week’s international business schools rankings[17] and 6th in Forbes' Best International MBA Programs rankings.[18]

The MSc in Financial Economics programme ranked 6th in the world and 1st in the UK in the Financial Times ranking of Pre-experience Masters Programmes in 2013.[19]

In both 2015 and 2016, the Executive MBA programme ranked 9th in the Financial Times’ Global EMBA ranking,[20] and 2nd in the Economist's Executive MBA ranking.[21]

In Executive education, SBS was ranked 19th worldwide for custom programmes and 12th in the table for open enrolment executive programmes by the Financial Times in 2013.[22]


Green Templeton College, one of the colleges that accepts MBA students

Admissions to Saïd Business School is competitive. The average GMAT score in 2013-2014 for the MBA programme was 692,[6] while the average GMAT score in 2013-2014 for the MFE programme was 734.[23]

Relationship to the University

Saïd Business School is an academic department at the University of Oxford and cooperates closely with several other departments such as the Economics Department and the Faculty of Law. All SBS students are members of one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. Each college has a unique history and typicality consists of a hall for dining, a chapel, a library, a college bar, as well as a junior, middle (post-graduate) and senior common room. A large part of Saïd's students find accommodation through their colleges and being member of a college provides an opportunity to meet fellow students from all departments of the university.

The following colleges accept MBA students: Balliol College, Brasenose College, Christ Church, Exeter College, Green Templeton College, Harris Manchester College, Hertford College, Jesus College, Keble College, Kellogg College, Lady Margaret Hall, Linacre College, Lincoln College, Magdalen College, Mansfield College, Merton College, New College, Oriel College, Pembroke College, Regent's Park College, St. Anne's College, St. Catherine's College, St. Cross College, St. Edmund Hall, St. Hilda's College, St. John's College, St. Peter's College, Queen's College, Trinity College, Wadham College, Wolfson College, Worcester College

Notable alumni


See also


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  2. Said Business School, About Us -- Our Benefactors
  3. A bit of history, Templeton College, Oxford
  4. Protest on business school, The Oxford Student
  5. Guardian University guide Business/Management studies
  6. 1 2 "2013-14 MBA class profile". University of Oxford. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  7. 1 2 "Oxford MBA to focus on global issues and effective leadership". Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  9. DPhil programme
  10. "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 - Business & Management Studies". Quacquarelli Symonds. 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  11. "World University Rankings by subject: business and economics". Times Higher Education. 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  12. "The 50 best business schools in the world". Business Insider. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  13. "Full time MBA ranking". Economist. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  14. "Global MBA Ranking". Financial Times. 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  15. Europe - TopMBA Global 200 Business Schools Report 2013/2014, Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  16. Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2016, Retrieved 2016-1-24.
  17. Businessweek Best International Business School Rankings 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  18. Forbes, Best International MBA Programs 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  19. Financial Times, Master's in Finance 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  20. EMBA Rankings 2016, Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  21. The Economist, Executive MBA Rankings 2015, Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  22. Financial Times, Executive Education Rankings 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  23. "2013-14 MFE class profile". University of Oxford. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
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