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Studying Economics and Management at Merton

The Economics and Management degree course at Oxford examines key global issues: resource allocation and management, the function and framework of organisations and economies, and policy- and decision-making processes and strategies.
Course structure

This is not a Business Studies degree. You will be taught through traditional academic means, including lectures, classes and seminars, and college tutorials. You will be required to read widely, write and discuss essays regularly, and work through problem sets.

In the first year you will build a foundation of knowledge, studying General Management, Introductory Economics and Financial Management. In subsequent years there are a few core/compulsory papers, but generally you are free to choose options and topics that are of particular interest to you as an individual.

The teaching team

At Merton, teaching in Economics is led by Dr Bassel Tarbush, and in Management by Dr Kate Blackmon, with support from other college lecturers. Teaching is coordinated across the University incorporating all colleges, creating a collaborative learning environment where students have access to all areas, topics and academics (they are not constrained to their own college’s areas of expertise). Both the University’s Department of Economics and the Saïd Business School offer a wide range of optional topics to all students, run by specialist experts in each area.

Graduate mentors (current postgraduate students) are available to provide additional help and support with all aspects of the course.

The benefits of studying Economics & Management at Merton
  • Excellent resources: following a donation from old Mertonians working in the City, the Library is excellently endowed in both management and economics texts and other resources.
  • High achievement: finalists from Merton often attain top marks, and invariably achieve at least a good 2:1 standard. Each year a solid proportion of our first year students attain Distinction in Prelims (first-year exams).
  • A large, diverse community within our student body: this degree course shares common interests with many of our other degrees (for example, Mathematics, and PPE), which makes for lively discussion and debate.
  • Merton E&M students are always invited to our PPE talks and events, which expands the opportunities available to them.
  • All core economics courses/papers are taught in-house at Merton.
  • Merton also offers several postgraduate Management and Economics courses (such as the MBA, and the DPhil (PhD) in Economics), enabling our undergraduate students to interact and network with experienced people in similar fields.
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Course information
Key facts
Average intake at Merton:



All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

Written work:

None required.

Specific subjects:

Mathematics is essential. We expect you to take and pass any practical component in your chosen science subjects.

Deferred entry:

Applications for deferred entry will be considered on their merits.