The Oxford MSc in Taxation is a two-year part-time postgraduate degree offered by the Oxford University Faculty of Law, and is taught in association with the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation based at Saïd Business School. 

If you wish to study individual electives rather than the full degree, please look under 'Non-degree students' for more information.

Tax Teachers

Keith Barnes

Unusual among Masters in Taxation degrees, the MSc in Taxation has been designed by a combination of lawyers and economists. The degree is taught by lawyers and economists from the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Business Taxation, as well as a select group of practising lawyers and other leading academics. This combination ensures that students not only acquire a detailed understanding of technical law, but also the ability to think deeply about the underlying policy considerations. An element of interdisciplinarity runs through the whole degree and, in addition, the in-built flexibility of the course allows students to tailor their studies to their individual preferences.

This flexibility is particularly important because the MSc in Taxation has been designed as a part-time degree to appeal to a range of students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The degree aims to accommodate both those who are engaged in full-time careers and those who are taking a break but have other duties and responsibilities.

These unique features of the MSc in Taxation make it the ideal degree for practitioners in law and accounting firms who wish to move from a technical to a deeper understanding of taxation: insights that will help propel their career forward. This approach also makes this the degree of choice for those working in revenue authorities and treasury departments, as well as for those contemplating an academic career in taxation. Teaching is planned so that the many skills-sets and knowledge bases represented in the class are accommodated and developed to enhance class discussion.

The increased focus on taxation by politicians and the media, as well as the ever-increasing technical demands of the subject and the pace of change at an international level, means that there has never been a more important time to study taxation from a range of perspectives.


Teaching is undertaken in Oxford in intensive periods, primarily during three residential weeks and at weekends, or in other short blocks of time. Care has been taken in designing the degree to ensure that, despite its part-time nature, students still enjoy the unique Oxford experience, including Oxford teaching methods, small class sizes, college life and interaction with Oxford faculty and students. 

The degree is not designed for distance learning but for people who will attend the courses in Oxford in person.

MSc Taxation at a glance

Key Elements

  • The MSc in Taxation is open to both lawyers and non-lawyers, and can be tailored to meet different interests

  • Students take nine courses over two years - three compulsory core courses and six elective courses. The norm is for students to take five courses in Year 1. With permission they may take four courses in Year 1 and five in Year 2

  • A 12,000 word dissertation in lieu of two elective courses is also available*

  • Teaching is mainly in lectures and interactive classes, and is structured to enable students to fit their studies around work and other commitments

  • A virtual learning environment provides students with access to course materials and research resources, and enables them to remain in contact with teachers and other students during periods away from Oxford

  • Attendance at all core courses and chosen electives is mandatory

*In cases meeting the criteria specified by the CIOT, students electing to write an extended dissertation may be able to submit that dissertation separately, once they have completed their degree, for a CTA Direct Fellowship. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Education Team at CIOT on 020 7340 0550 or 

Compulsory Core Courses

Core courses are taught in three five-day residential periods held in Oxford, generally in one of the colleges.

Tax Principles and PolicySeptember, Year 1Two 3,000 word assignments
Principles of International TaxationJanuary, Year 1Two 3,000 word assignments
Tax Research Round TableSeptember, Year 2Assessed essay(s)

Elective courses 

Electives are taught in Oxford as intensives, over two weekends or in other short blocks of time, and typically are assessed by way of two 3,000 word assignments.

**Please note that the courses, content, assessment methods and teachers are subject to change.**

Student experience

Students in seminar

John Cairns

I am currently Head of Tax at one of the largest equities hedge fund managers in Europe. Having specialised in tax for the past 12 years as a tax advisor in one of the big four accounting firms and presently in the hedge fund industry; I have been looking to pursue graduate study to further enhance my knowledge of tax, thus was excited to hear of the launch of the part-time MSc in Taxation by the world-renowned Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford

Students on the Oxford MSc in Taxation will be members of one of the participating Oxford colleges. Long term accommodation in college is not provided as this is a part-time degree. However, some colleges may be able to let out guest rooms for some of the electives. Arrangements are made for the three mandatory courses.

Students will find that college membership enriches their time at Oxford, offering the chance to interact with faculty and students from diverse academic backgrouds in situations varying from high table dinners to college balls. Students will be able to attend a wide range of conferences and guest lectures at the Faculty of Law and Centre for Business Taxation, and have access to University facilities, including the Bodleian Law Library - one of the largest and most important open-access law libraries in Europe. Students also have distance access to an extensive range of online databases, including Westlaw, LexisNexis, IBFD, OECD and Tax Analysts.

The programme is ideal because of its part-time format. As I do not have to take two years off from work, I would be able to immediately put into practice the knowledge acquired while staying close to my young family

Pastoral and Welfare Support

In addition to the pastoral support provided by college advisors, the Faculty seeks to support students by various means. Each programme has dedicated administrative support and the administrators in question will be able to help and advise students on a range of matters relating to their studies, or point them towards dedicated sources of support elsewhere in the University. Academic Supervisors and Programme Directors can also serve as a source of support.

Apart from these more general roles, the Faculty also offers support in certain specific areas (for example, Disability Contacts and Harassment Advisors).


Steve Allen


The eligibility criteria and entry requirements can be found on the Admissions website. Please click on 'Apply' for more information.


Non-degree students

We are planning to offer a limited number of places on the MSc in Taxation elective courses to a select group of non-degree students interested in attending the lectures but not able/willing to pursue the full degree. 

A timetable for 2022/23 can be found under 'related resources' and details of each elective can be found by clicking on 'Elective Courses' further up the page.

An information sheet with further details, including how to apply, can be found here. If you are alumni of the Oxford part-time MSc in Taxation, then you will receive a 10% discount. The Privacy notice for non-degree students can be found here.

Australian students

We have agreements with the following institutions to accept a small number of their students on the individual electives:

  • Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne (students on the Masters of Laws (LLM), Master of Tax or Master in International Tax)
  • The University of Sydney (students on the Master of Laws (LLM) or the Master of Tax (MTax))
  • The University of New South Wales (students on the Master of Taxation (MTax) or the Master of Laws (LLM))

A timetable for 2022/23 can be found under 'related resources' and details of each elective can be found by clicking on 'Elective Courses' further up the page.

An information sheet with further information can be found here. The Privacy Notice for Australian students can be found here.


MSc in Taxation Programme Directors

Course Administrator: Charlotte Beesley, Faculty of Law

Administrator for Alumni, Events and Teaching Support: Agata Dybisz, Faculty of Law

Additional Oxford Faculty Members

Other Faculty

Oxford University has strong links with a world-wide network of leading academics and practitioners. Teachers participating in the teaching have included the following:

Leading academics and practitioners are involved in the governance of the MSc in Taxation, including:

**Please note that the list of faculty is subject to change**