Master of Science by Coursework in Law and Finance

Differences from 2020/21 to 2022/23

  • 1. Candidates must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Law and Finance.

  • 2. Candidates must complete the following courses, and satisfy the examiners in the summative assessment in each case:

    • (a) all courses from Schedule A; and

    • (b) either two law electives from Schedule B, or one law elective from Schedule B and an individual dissertation, or one elective from Schedule B and the Corporate Valuation course plus one further elective from Schedule C, as prescribed for the Master in Business Administration or Master of Science in Financial Economics.

  • 3. Candidates may, in place of one of the law electives from Schedule B, complete two 'half-options' from Schedule D.
  • 4. Not all electives will necessarily be taught or examined in any one year. Details of those which are available will be published in the M.Sc. in Law and Finance Handbook for the year of the examination, subject to any amendment posted on the designated course website by Monday of week minus 1 of the Michaelmas Term before the examination is held.

  • 5. With the consent of the MLF Academic Director and the Subject Group Convener of the Course in question, candidates may offer as an alternative to one or both law electives from Schedule B, any other course listed in the handbook for BCL and M.Jur students (subject to the same limitations imposed on BCL and M.Jur students).

  • 6. With the consent of the MLF Academic Director, candidates may offer as an alternative to one or both electives from Schedule C, one or more courses from the list of electives prescribed for the Master in Business Administration or Master of Science in Financial Economics which are not already listed in Schedule C.

  • 7. Candidates may offer a dissertation under the regulations for the Bachelor of Civil Law and Magister Juris.  Further details will be published in the M.Sc. Law and Finance Handbook and Examination Conventions.

  • 8. Course assignments, where set, must be submitted not later than the time and date stipulated for each exercise; these will be published by the Board of Examiners before the first Monday of each term in which the assignment or project must be undertaken. Such assignments shall be submitteduploaded electronicallyto viathe WebLearnUniversity approved online assessment platform by the times and dates specified. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to submit the assignments. On submitting the assignments, candidates will also be required to submit a declaration of authorship.

  • 9. The degree of M.Sc. shall be awarded to any candidate who achieves marks of at least 50 per cent in assessments for all courses (for which purposes a dissertation, if offered, shall count as one course), with satisfactory completion of pass/fail course assessment components where relevant.

  • 10. Candidates are permitted on only one occasion to resubmit or retake failed assessment items on any course on which they have failed to achieve the required standard.

Schedule A

  • Law and Economics of Corporate Transactions

  • Finance

  • First Principles of Financial Economics

Schedule B

  • Business Taxation in a Global Economy

  • Commercial Negotiation and Mediation

    • Comparative Corporate Governance
    • Competition Law
    • Conflict of Laws

    • Corporate Finance Law
    • Corporate Insolvency Law

    • European Business Regulation

    • International Economic Law
    • International Environmental Law
    • Law and Computer Science

    • Legal Concepts in Financial Law

    • Principles of Financial Regulation

    • Regulation

    • Transnational Commercial Law

    Schedule C

    • Corporate Valuation

    • Investing in Public Equity

    • Entrepreneurial Finance Project
    • Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring

    • Buyside Private Equity and- Debt

      The Essentials
    • Buyside Private Equity - Advanced
    • Investing in Private Markets


    Schedule D

    • Comparative Copyright 

    • Comparative Corporate Governance

      Corporate Control: Law and Finance

    • Incentivising Innovation 

    • Principles of Intellectual Property Law 

    • Trade Marks and Brands


    Oxford 1+1 MBA Programme

    Candidates registered on the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme will follow an additional two or three-month bridging programme at the end of their third term of the combined programme.

    Each candidate will be appointed an academic advisor from the Saïd Business School to  plan an individual course of study which will includes as a minimuminimum, the following three compulsory elements:

    • (i) Normally two meetings during the bridging programme with the senior advisor appointed by the Saïd Business School at the start of the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme. 

    • (ii) A formatively assessed Integrative Development Plan of up to 3,000 words. Candidates would be requested to critically reflect on their learning from the Masters programme and relate this both to their forthcoming MBA programme as well as to their career goals. The meetings with the advisor will frame the design, delivery and discussion of the plan. 

    • (iii) Attendance of the MBA pre-course as described in the joining instructions for the MBA class, unless granted exemption by the MBA Committee on the grounds of prior formal study or work experience.