Undergraduate: Course Structure, Fees & Applications

Course Structure

The Economics component in all three of our undergraduate programmes is divided into two parts: ‘Prelims’ and Finals.

The first year of each degree (Prelims) is designed to ensure a broad knowledge of economics before you go on to do more advanced papers in the second and third years. As part of the Prelims course, you will take introductory courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Mathematical Methods. These courses are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials or classes.

Finals courses are spread over the second and third years. There are no second-year examinations. In addition to more advanced courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics, a range of option papers from Behavioural Economics to Monetary Economics are available.



Further information on course structure, admissions criteria and how to apply for our three undergraduate degrees

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee you will be charged and the support available is determined by your fee status, which will be Home (UK), EU (rest of European Union), Overseas (outside the European Union) or Islands (Channel Islands or Isle of Man).  

Details of fees and funding for the academic year in question can be found on the University of Oxford Admissions website.



Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study for a degree in Economics as a single subject at Oxford?


 No. Oxford does not offer a single honours undergraduate degree in Economics.

How much Maths is there in the Economics part of the degree?


To a large extent, mathematics is the language in which much of university-level Economics is written and expressed. Introductory Economics in the first year uses elementary real analysis and differential calculus. Some subsequent options courses use more advanced mathematics and statistics while others use very little.

Do I need a Maths A-Level or other equivalent Maths qualification?


A-Level Maths is required for Economics and Management but is only recommended for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; and History and Economics.
If you are admitted without A-Level Maths, or other equivalent level qualification, the Economics Department runs a top-up course called Elementary Mathematical Methods which will bring you up to the level you will need.

If I study a joint degree like this will be qualified and able to pursue a higher degree in Economics afterwards?


Yes. Provided you select some of the more technical options papers in the third year (for example Econometrics, Game Theory. Microeconomic Analysis) you will have no problem at all accessing the very best Masters