Saïd Business School

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Saïd Business School
Said Business School.jpg
Established 1996[1]
Dean Peter Tufano
Academic staff
Undergraduates 300
Postgraduates 340 MBA
80 MFE
50 MLF
Other students
ca. 70 EMBA
Location Oxford, England
Affiliations University of Oxford

Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd) is an academic department and the business school of the University of Oxford in England. It is the University of Oxford's centre of learning for undergraduate and graduate students in business, management and finance.

Established in 1996, Oxford Saïd is a relatively new business school. It is named after Wafic Saïd, a Saudi-Syrian billionaire and chief founding benefactor, having 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.


Oxford Saïd traces its roots back to the Oxford Centre for Management Studies (OCMS) which was founded in 1965. It 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 Saudi-Syrian businessman 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 protests by students mainly because of the controversial nature of Wafic Saïd's donation (his wealth is partly derived from advising on defence related contracts between the UK and Saudi-Arabia, in particular 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


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:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global rules of the game
  • Responsible leadership

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. The programme enrolls approximately 75 students per year. There are 77 students in 2014-2015 class, from 30 different nationalities and 25% 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]

Academic performance

SBS building

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.[10]

In 2013, the full-time MBA programme ranked 24th in the world and 3rd in the UK in the Financial Times Ranking,[11] 5th in Business Week’s international business schools rankings[12] and 6th in Forbes' Best International MBA Programs rankings.[13]

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.[14]

Also in 2013, the Executive MBA programme ranked 23rd in the Financial Times’ Global EMBA ranking,[15] and 4th in the Economist's Executive MBA ranking.[16]

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.[17]

Programme Financial Times Business Week The Economist Forbes
MBA 23 7 69 6
EMBA 21 n/a 4 n/a
MSc in Financial Economics 4 n/a n/a n/a


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.[18]

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. 6.0 6.1 "2013-14 MBA class profile". University of Oxford. Retrieved 29 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Oxford MBA to focus on global issues and effective leadership". Retrieved 29 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. DPhil programme
  10. Europe - TopMBA Global 200 Business Schools Report 2013/2014, Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  11. Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  12. Businessweek Best International Business School Rankings 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  13. Forbes, Best International MBA Programs 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  14. Financial Times, Master's in Finance 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  15. Financial Times, EMBA Rankings 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  16. The Economics, Executive MBA Rankings 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  17. Financial Times, Executive Education Rankings 2013, Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  18. "2013-14 MFE class profile". University of Oxford. Retrieved 29 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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