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Economics and Management

Economics and Management is a Joint Degree course which provides undergraduates with an opportunity to combine the traditional subject areas of Economics with a range of Management disciplines from accounting and finance to marketing and operations management.

The management element of the course benefits from the facilities available at the Saïd Business School, where courses include the undergraduate BA, a postgraduate DPhil, and specialist masters courses.

During the first year there are three compulsory subjects: Introductory Economics, Financial Management, and General Management.

Introductory Economics covers the basic tools of economic analysis in micro- and macroeconomics; there is also an introduction to quantitative methodologies. The General Management paper provides an overview of the historical context of modern business and of major functional areas of management studies such as organisational behaviour; strategic management; technology and operations management; and marketing. Financial Management encompasses, among other topics, financial accounting; sources of finance; firm valuation; and corporate governance.

The first year lays the foundations for more advanced work to be done in the second and third years. There is a Preliminary Examination at the end of the first year. In the following two years students take at least two Economics courses (of which at least one must be Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Quantitative economics or Development of the world economy since 1800), and also at least two Management courses.

Additional elective courses (options) increase the total number of courses taken to eight.  (Economics options may set pre-requisites drawn from Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative economics.)

One option may be replaced with a thesis in either Economics or Management. The course caters for those seeking to specialise in Management, or in Economics, or to mix the two.


British Economic History since 1870; Behavioural & Experimental Economics; Econometrics; Economics of Developing Countries; Economics of Industry; Game Theory; International Economics; Labour Economics; Microeconomic Analysis; Money and Banking; Public Economics.


Accounting; Organizational Behaviour; Finance; Marketing; Strategic Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Technology and Operations Management.

It is possible to offer a short thesis based on independent research in place of one of the above options.

Joint Schools

History and Economics
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

If you have any questions about our entrance requirements, or about applying to study at Jesus College, please contact the Admissions Officer:
Tel: 01865 279721

Dr David Barron is the Fellow and Tutor in Management. His research interests lie in the ecological and evolutionary models of organisations, inter-organisational relations, quantitative research methods and corporate reputation.

Dr Péter Esö is the Fellow and Tutor in Economics who teaches Core Microeconomics and Game Theory. His research interests include microeconomic theory, game theory, and the economics of

You do not need to have studied economics or business before applying for this course. However, you will need to have studied mathematics to A-level or equivalent in order to be admitted to read Economics and Management.

In a total College entry of about 100 undergraduates, 4 are offered places in a typical year to read Economics and Management.

Academic requirements:

Offers made to candidates will be conditional upon A-level results (A*AA at A-level including Mathematics at grade A or above and the A* may be in any subject) or equivalent qualifications.

Written test:

Candidates will be required to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) on 3 November 2021. The same test is taken by candidates applying for PPE. Candidates will need to register by 15 October 2021 to take the test, either at their own school or at an examination centre. The test is administered by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing: for further information about the test and how to register, go here.

Written work:

No submitted written work is required for this course.

Deferred Entry:

Applications for deferred entry to Jesus College are accepted. You must apply for deferred entry at the time of application to Oxford: you cannot change your mind after an offer has been made. Please refer to departmental web sites for subject-specific advice. You should be aware that applicants who are offered places for deferred entry will generally be among the strongest of the cohort for their subject. We would not usually offer more than one deferred place per subject in order not to disadvantage the following year’s candidates. In some cases, an applicant for deferred entry may be offered a place for non-deferred entry instead. If you require any further advice, please contact the Admissions Officer via

The Department of Economics has around 200 graduate students. As a research-based community, the Department puts great weight on developing its graduate students. The following degrees are offered at postgraduate level:

  • DPhil Economics
  • MPhil Economics
  • MSc Economics for Development (joint with Development Studies)
  • MSc Financial Economics (joint with Saïd Business School)

The Saïd Business School (SBS) has rapidly established itself as a major international centre of management education and research. Courses available include:

  • MBA
  • Executive MBA (EMBA)
  • MSc Financial Economics
  • DPhil Management
  • MSc Major Programme Management

The undergraduate course has been the top-rated business programme in the UK for the past six years in The Guardian and in eight of the last nine years in The Times. It is appropriate for those seeking careers in Management, or for those planning to do graduate work in either Economics or Management Studies.

Graduates in Economics and Management are amongst the most sought-after in the University. The breadth of the course and the range of skills which it provides have proved attractive to employers in a wide variety of industries. These employers include both leading international organisations in ‘traditional activities’ as well as new start-up companies in a variety of high-tech fields.

Recent graduates have secured positions in banking and finance, consultancy, research and teaching as well as a wide range of other sectors

Further information about the course can be found here and here.

For details of the admissions process, please see here.