Economics and Management

BA (Hons) Economics and Management

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Average intake at Wadham: 3

The Economics and Management degree examines issues central to the world we live in: namely how the economy and organisations function, and how resources are allocated and coordinated to achieve the organisation’s objectives.

Economics at Oxford

Management at Oxford

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The Course

In the first year of the course three compulsory subjects are taken in Introductory Economics, Financial Management, and General Management. This leads to a pass/fail examination at the end of the first year. In the second and third years there are three compulsory papers: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics. A further five papers are chosen from a very wide range of optional subjects (two of which much be in Management), leading to final written examinations at the end of the third year.

Economics and Management at Wadham

Teaching is organised into college tutorials and university lectures and classes at the Department of Economics and the School of Management Studies (the Saïd Business School). The College has two Fellows in Economics in residence, Dr Alan Beggs and Dr Francesco Zanetti, who are responsible for the economics component of the degree. The Fellow in Management Studies, Dr Oren Sussman, is responsible for this aspect of the course. Graduates in Economics and Management have open to them a wide range of career opportunities in, for example, banking and financial services, management consultancy, international and multinational organisations. Interested graduates may also be able to further their studies at graduate level at the Saïd Business School or with the department of Economics.

Dr Alan Beggs
Prof Francesco Zanetti
Dr Oren Sussman
Yiliang Li

A Student's Perspective

Ben, 1st Year Economics & Management Student

'Studying at Oxford is, as the cliché goes, challenging but extremely rewarding. I view applying here as one of the best decisions I’ve made and am thoroughly enjoying my first year at Wadham. I’m very happy with my course and would recommend Economics & Management to anyone prepared to listen.

The course has the advantage of being extremely broad and covering a huge range of interlinked topics. It’s also very balanced: there is a good mix of essays and more maths-based problem sets, which prevents it from becoming too repetitive.

Whilst it may be one of the most competitive courses for entry, once in Oxford E&M students tend to have a very manageable workload which allows plenty of time for non-academic activities. This year, I’ve played football, darts, tennis and mixed lacrosse for the college, performed at Wadstock (our annual music festival), been elected the SU Bar & Social Officer and still found plenty of time to spend with friends. Plus, as an E&M student you get access to the Said Business School, which has a great library and – more importantly – a very reasonably priced café (don’t underestimate the importance of this).

Studying at Wadham has made my experience especially rewarding. From an academic point of view, the college tutors know how to get the most from you without being too pushy and are very supportive. The college has great facilities, including a modern 24-hour library. To complement that side of things, Wadham offers an incredibly inclusive and accepting atmosphere, one which encourages students to truly make the most of their university experience. If E&M is the degree to do, Wadham is undoubtedly the place to do it.'