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No preference for aspirants with work ex

For a career in finance, one can pursue a one-year Master’s programme at Said Business School, Oxford University

education Updated: Jun 23, 2010 09:19 IST

Raquel Lison, marketing coordinator, MSc in financial economics (MFE), answers queries for the benefit of the readers of HT Horizons

When can one apply for the MSc in financial economics?
The admissions process is conducted in stages. Completed applications for the 2010-11 session will be considered in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the institute. The deadline to apply is October 8 for the next batch.

At the Said Business School, we expect applicants to be exceptional. We look for evidence that applicants have a genuine passion for finance, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to make the most of their time with us.

How old is this programme? And in the current batch, how many Indian or Asian students are enrolled?
The MSc programme in financial economics was first conducted in 2005.

There are seven Indian students in the current class, which will graduate this month.

Are students with prior industry experience given preference?
No. Around 30 per cent of the current class has prior work experience, while the others come straight from undergraduate programmes or other degrees.

How is the MFE different from MBA (finance)?
The MSc in financial economics is a full-time, nine-month programme that provides outstanding training in the tools of financial economics sought by

financial institutions, companies and public organisations.
It combines a rigorous academic core with tailored practical applications, designed in consultation with leading financial recruiters.

The MFE is more technically demanding than finance modules in MBA programmes.

There are higher mathematical and statistical requirements for the MFE, and some of the courses have higher technical and theoretical requirements.

Is it mandatory to have some prior qualification in a finance-related subject?
No.

What are the scholarship options available?
There are several scholarships offered to MFE students, such as:
Man Group scholarships: To be awarded this scholarship, candidates must have a strong academic or professional background in finance and a desire to enter or continue in this field on completion of studies.

Clarendon scholarships: These are awarded to students with proven potential and who will be starting a new graduate course at Oxford.

Felix Scholarships: Aimed at first-class Indian students who want to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford.

Which programme is the most popular at the Said Business School? Where does the MFE stand?
The Oxford MBA is the programme that receives the largest number of applications closely followed by the MFE.

The latter is run jointly by the Said Business School’s finance faculty and the university’s Department of Economics.

The finance faculty at the school is one of the fastest growing and most prestigious in Europe, and works alongside the most diverse and well-known groups of economists in the world.

Timeline
Application deadline for the MSc in financial economics is October 8, 2010.
Interview decision would be taken by October 29, 2010.
Final decision will be taken by December 10, 2010.
For more details visit http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/degrees/mfe/Pages/Ataglance.aspx