University of Oxford

As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research, having been ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019. There are nearly 24,000 students at Oxford, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates, international students making up almost 43% of the total student body – over 10,000 students. Students come to Oxford from more than 150 countries and territories, being drawn by the University’s staggering offer of more than 350 different graduate degree programmes. One should definitely consider pursuing his/her studies at Oxford.

The Master of Science in Taxation (MSc in Taxation)

The MSc in Taxation is offered by the Law Faculty and is taught in association with the Centre for Business Taxation based at the Saïd Business School. It is aimed at both lawyers and non-lawyers, and combines intensive engagement with the detail of relevant case law and statute with broader theoretical and inter-disciplinary perspectives. The MSc in Taxation offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of taxation which encompasses perspectives drawn from the fields of law, economics and accounting and aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of policy issues relating to taxation as well as the technical aspects of the subject, and of an understanding of the relationship between the two.

Location: Oxford, UK.

Single Diploma.

Language: English.

Number of Places/Students per year: c. 25.

Start Date: October 13, 2019 (the induction programme being usually held in the two weeks preceding the start of the term).

Duration: 24 months. This programme is a part-time study programme.

Price/Fee: £13,480 for UK/EU students, £13,480 for overseas students.

Scholarships: There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. For more information on the application process, please see the official website [EN].

Accommodation: There is a wide range of accommodation available in Oxford for graduate students, provided both by the University and its colleges and by the private sector. Living in college provides a welcoming sense of community, and facilities like the library, dining hall and common room are all close. ‘Living out’ may mean being in a property owned by college, or you may have to rent a flat of your own. Being in your own accommodation often creates a much greater sense of independence, and you will be able to live with your friends. Students often live in areas such as Cowley and Jericho, and the University Accommodation Office is a useful way to find properties. For more information, please see the official website [EN].

Application Process:

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or to have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications). This should either be in law, economics or accounting; or, if in another subject, applicants should have a suitable professional qualification and/or experience, or other evidence of an interest in taxation.

  1. Deadlines: 25 January 2019 or 1 March 2019 (12 noon UK time);
  • 29 September 2019 – start of the induction programme;
  • 13 October 2019 – start of the 2019-20 academic year.
  1. Required documents:
  • Official transcript(s) – providing detailed information of the individual grades received in your university-level qualifications to date. You should only upload official documents issued by your institution and any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation. For more information, follow this link [EN];
  • CV/résumé;
  • Personal statement (around 300 words);
  • Written work (one essay of 2,000 words);
  • References/letters of recommendation (three overall, academic preferred in most cases).
  1. Additional documents for Non-EU/EEA: not specified.
  2. Supplements: none.
  3. Application fee: £75 unless you are eligible for a fee waiver.

Programme structure


  • Compulsory: three courses – Tax Principles and Policy, Principles of International Taxation, and the Tax Research Round Table.
  • Optional: six courses, usually three per year, e.g. UK Corporate Tax, EU Tax Law, Value Added Tax, Tax and Human Rights, Taxation of Corporate Finance, Transfer pricing, Tax Treaties, US International Tax and Tax and Public Policy.
  • Thesis: optional – A 12,000-word dissertation in lieu of two elective courses is also available (with the permission of a programme director).
  • Internship: not required for graduation.

Attendance at all core courses and chosen electives is mandatory.

LL.M Contact:

Address: The Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford OX1 3UL, UK.

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (MSc Taxation Course Administrator).

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 271490.

Website: [EN].


By Vladimir Griga

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