Saïd Business School

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Saïd Business School
Said Business School.jpg
EstablishedCentre for Management Studies 1965, re-branded 1996[1]
DeanSue Dopson (interim)
Academic staff
Postgraduates340 MBA
240 EMBA
80 MFE
50 MLF
United Kingdom
AffiliationsUniversity of Oxford

Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd or SBS) is the business school of the University of Oxford, named after its founding benefactor Wafic Saïd. The School is a provider of management education and is consistently ranked as one of the world's top business schools.[2]

Oxford School of Management Studies was rebranded as Saïd Business School in 1996 after a donation of £20 million was accepted from Saïd. New premises were built on Park End Street and opened in 2001. The Thatcher Business Education Centre was opened on the same site in 2012 after a further donation from Saïd. The School has another centre at Egrove Park, on the former site of Templeton College, and in 2019 acquired an old power station in Osney to convert into a Global Leadership Centre.

Saïd Business School is the University of Oxford's department for graduate students in business, management and finance. Undergraduates are also taught as part of the Economics and Management course together with the Economics Department.

In January 2022, The University of Oxford appointed Professor Soumitra Dutta as the new Dean of Saïd Business School, starting in June 2022.


Business education at the University of Oxford dates back to 1965, when the Oxford Centre for Management Studies was founded. The centre was renamed Templeton College in 1983 as a result of a donation from Sir John Templeton.[3]

In 1988 a committee chaired by Sir Claus Moser (warden of Wadham College) recommended that the University set up a new School of Management Studies. The University agreed to establish a Business School in 1990 and the Oxford School of Management Studies was set up in premises at the Old Radcliffe Infirmary with its first intake of students arriving in 1993. The first director was Dr Clark Brundin, who had been the vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick since 1985. He was also appointed as president of Templeton College.[4]

Saïd Business School was founded in 1996 when Syrian-born businessman Wafic Saïd offered the University a donation of £20 million. A site for the new premises was found on Park End Street opposite Oxford railway station on what was formerly the Oxford Rewley Road railway station. The building was designed by Edward Jones and Sir Jeremy Dixon.[4] The opening on 5 November 2001 was accompanied by a demonstration by students concerned about the controversial nature of Wafic Saïd's donation. [5] Saïd was linked with the UK's signing of the Al-Yamamah arms deal.[6]

In 2007 Templeton College merged with Green College to form Green Templeton College, based on the existing Green College site. The former Templeton site at Egrove Park then became the Saïd Business School Executive Education Centre. In 2012 the Thatcher Business Education Centre, financed by a donation from Saïd, was opened on the Park End Street site.[3] Saïd donated a further £15 million in 2019 to finance the conversion of the old Osney power station into a Global Leadership Centre.[6]

In 2020 Saïd Business School lost an employment tribunal case brought by its former director of custom executive education.[7] The tribunal found that the whistleblower had been unfairly dismissed and awarded her £1,499,606.62.[8]

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, the two-year MSc in Major Programme Management and the one-year MSc in Law and Finance (MLF) in conjunction with the Oxford Law Faculty.[9]

Undergraduate programme[edit]

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.[10]

Graduate programmes[edit]

SBS building


Saïd Business School offers a one-year full-time Master of Business Administration degree, which enrolls approximately 320 students per year. In the 2018–2019 class of 315 students, 61% were male and 39% were female with 62 nationalities represented and averaged 5 years of work experience.[11] The MBA programme was updated for the 2014/15 academic year[12]


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. As of 2016, the programme ran two iterations per year, with new cohorts starting in both January and September. There were 60 students in September 2016 class, from 21 different nationalities and 28% of which are women. There are several scholarships for women available each year for outstanding candidates.[13]

1+1 MBA[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.[14]

MSc in Major Programme Management[edit]

The School runs a part-time two-year MSc in Major Programme Management.[9]

Academic performance[edit]

Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
Times Higher Education[16]4
U.S. News & World Report[17]14
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[18]16
Financial Times[19]17

In 2021 Saïd Business School was placed 17th in the world in the Financial Time's global MBA ranking. Other accolades have included top business school in the Times Higher Education awards 2017 and 5th place internationally for one-year programmes in Forbes 2019. The School's Executive Education has been ranked 1st in the UK (open programmes) and 4th in the UK (custom programmes) by the Financial Times.[20]


The 2020-21 cohort of students on the MBA course comprised 67 different nationalities, with 92% coming from outside the UK. Nearly half were women. The median GMAT score of students in the three years up to 2020-21 was 690 and their average age was 29 years.[21]


For administrative purposes, Saïd Business School is part of the University of Oxford's Social Sciences Division. In 2021 Sue Dopson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Fellow of Green Templeton College, was appointed interim Dean of the Saïd Business School.[22] In January 2022, Professor Soumitra Dutta was announced as the new Dean of Saïd Business School. Professor Dutta is currently Professor of Management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in New York, where he was also the founding Dean. He will take up his new post as Dean of Oxford Saïd on 1 June this year. Previous Deans were Professor Peter Tufano (2011-2021), Professor Colin Mayer (2006–2011), Professor Anthony Hopwood (1999–2006) and Professor Sir John Kay (1996–1998).[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Brief History of the University". University of Oxford. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  2. ^ "Rankings, achievements and accreditation". Saïd Business School. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Our History". Saïd Business School. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b Arena, Lise; Dang, Rani Jeanne (2010). "Learning lessons from the past: A historical exploration of a century of business education at Oxford and Cambridge (1900s-2000s). Management History Research Group Conference, July 2010, St Andrews, United Kingdom". HAL-SHS. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  5. ^ Jarvis, Paul; Norwood, Tamarin. "Protest on business school". The Oxford Student. Archived from the original on 16 April 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Business School receives £15 million donation from Syrian "arms deal fixer"". Cherwell. 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Whistleblower wins case against Saïd Business School". University Business. 8 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Dr E Heslop v Oxford Said Business School Limited and others". 29 December 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Saïd Business School". University of Oxford. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  10. ^ "B.A. (Hon) in Economics and Management". University of Oxford. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  11. ^ "2018–19 MBA class profile". University of Oxford. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Oxford MBA to focus on global issues and effective leadership". Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Oxford Executive MBA - Said Business School". Said Business School. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Oxford 1+1 MBA". University of Oxford. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  15. ^ "QS Global MBA Rankings 2022". Quacquarelli Symonds.
  16. ^ "World University Rankings 2022 by subject: business and economics". Times Higher Education.
  17. ^ "Best Global Universities for Economics and Business". U.S. News & World Report. 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  18. ^ "The 50 best business schools in the world 2020". Business Insider. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  19. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2020". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Rankings, achievements and accreditation". Saïd Business School. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  21. ^ "FAQs - The Oxford MBA". Saïd Business School. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Sue Dopson, Interim Dean and Professor of Organisational Behaviour Saïd Business School, Fellow of Green Templeton College". Saïd Business School. Retrieved 15 September 2021.

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