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Saïd Business School
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Established 1996[1]
Dean Peter Tufano
Academic staff 90
Undergraduates 300
Postgraduates 250 MBA
80 MFE
50 MLF
Doctoral students 50
Other students 50 EMBA
Location Oxford, England
Affiliations University of Oxford
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Saïd Business School (SBS) 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, SBS 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.


SBS 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 defense related contracts between the UK and Saudi-Arabia, in particular the Al-Yamamah arms deal[4]).

Degree programmes[edit]

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.

SBS also runs 18-month Diplomas in Finance, Strategy and Innovation, Global Business and Organisational Leadership, designed to offer senior executives a strategic overview of management. These degree programs were launched in 2006.

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]

MBA Programme[edit]

Saïd Business School offers a one-year full-time Master of Business Administration degree. The MBA programme 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. More than 90% of students are international and the average number of languages spoken is three.

The School is revamping the MBA programme for the 2014/15 academic year which will focus more heavily on three main themes: the Global Threats and Opportunities Platform GOTO - a keystone of the MBA programme, how to compete globally, and effective and responsible leadership.[7]

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.[8]

1+1 MBA Programme[edit]

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.

MFE Programme[edit]

Saïd Business School offers a nine-month full-time MSc in Financial Economics. 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.

DPhil/PhD Programme[edit]

The Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies prepares students for academic careers at leading business schools. 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]


SBS building

Admissions to Saïd Business School is competitive. The average GMAT score in 2013-2014 for the MBA programme was 692,[6][10] while the average GMAT score in 2013-2014 for the MFE programme was 734.[11]


In 2013, the full-time MBA programme ranked 24th in the world and 3rd in the UK in the Financial Times Ranking,[12] 5th in Business Week’s international business schools rankings[13] and 6th in Forbes' Best International MBA Programs rankings.[14]

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.[15]

Also in 2013, the Executive MBA programme ranked 23rd in the Financial Times’ Global EMBA ranking,[16] and 4th in the Economist's Executive MBA ranking.[17]

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.[18]

Programme Financial Times Business Week The Economist Forbes
MBA 24 5 54 6
EMBA 23 n/a 4 n/a
MSc in Financial Economics 4 n/a n/a n/a


The school also runs a variety of initiatives which support and accelerate the formation of high growth ventures ranging from mentorship to a startup immersion program and early-stage investment fund.[19][20] The fund made its first two investments in summer 2013.[21]

Research centres[edit]

Saïd Business School currently has nine specialist research centres. These Centres mirror the knowledge-intensive end of a creative economy. As partners, the Centres help business sectors with challenges and in developing new initiatives. They include:

The Saïd Business School has one of the most modern of the dreaming spires of Oxford
  • BT Centre for Major Programme Management is dedicated to pioneering ways of understand and dealing with new challenges to major programme management. The Centre helps businesses, governments and civil societies.
  • Entrepreneurship Centre is the focal point for entrepreneurship research, teaching and practice at the University of Oxford. Since 2002, it has brought together academics, spin-outs and student-entrepreneurs, for the study and practice of entrepreneurship.
  • Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. The Centre fosters innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration and offers five fully funded MBA scholarships each year to social entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurship Centre shares an open 'hub' space with the Skoll Centre for Social Enterprise, known as the Oxford Launchpad, where members - students, faculty and the wider Oxford community and stakeholders - meet to ideate and strengthen ventures, as well as to share knowledge, practices and connections.

  • CABDyN Complexity Centre engages in research on complex systems and networks, with a particular focus on the social, economic, financial, communication and infrastructural networks that underpin most of modern life. CABDyN brings together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers across Oxford, ranging from the physical, biological and computational sciences to the social, economic and political sciences.
  • Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms is a hub for academic research into the management of professional service firms. Its members work closely with top practitioners to explore the key challenges confronting the professional services sector.
  • Oxford Institute of Retail Management combines industry knowledge with analytical rigour and objectivity. Established in 1985, the Institute has worked for over 25 years to relate sound scholarship to the practical needs of retailers, service companies and public sector agencies.
  • The Oxford Private Equity Institute is an independent and authoritative perspective on the private equity industry, and aims for the highest standards of academic integrity associated with the University of Oxford. The Centre fosters the exchange of views about private equity between academics, students, alumni and professionals via various programmes, series, forums and events.
  • Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation is an independent research centre which aims to promote effective policies for the taxation of business. The Centre provides analysis independent of government, political party or any other vested interest. The Centre has no corporate views: publications of the Centre are the responsibility of named authors.
  • Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation is an independent research centre within Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. The Centre aims to understand how the reputations of corporations and institutions are created, sustained, enhanced, destroyed and rehabilitated.

Oxford Colleges[edit]

Saïd Business School students are also a member of one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. A typical college consists of a hall for dining, a chapel, a library, a college bar, senior, middle (postgraduate) and junior common rooms.

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[edit]


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