CORE programme

The Oxford University Business Economics Programme is an intensive two-week executive immersion programme based in Oxford. 

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the Core

The Core Programme is an immersive executive programme based in Oxford at the Department of Economics. It is designed to equip future leaders with the tools they need to drive new thinking and ideas.

The programme follows the ‘Oxford’ format for tuition  – timetabled lectures followed by small tutorial-group analysis and discussion. Each tutorial group is facilitated by a faculty member from Oxford’s Department of Economics. In just two weeks, we will help you develop the level of critical thinking required of a future leader by combining high-calibre academic tuition, and discussion sessions with industry-leading keynote speakers and a diverse group of delegates.

This intensive programme has been specially designed to allow you to explore economic theory and its real-world application so that you can better understand the challenges and choices that today’s businesses face and the impact of those choices on the wider world.


Real-world relevance is fundamental to our programme, which is why our Steering Committee comprises senior executives representing major global companies, as well as world-leading academic economists.

This high-level, practice-oriented governing body ensures that the course programme delivers significant academic content that is informed by current industry priorities.


The core syllabus is focused on economic theory and led by academic economists.

Senior practitioners illustrate how this theory translates in the real-world applications of this theory and then lead detailed discussion in tutorial groups.


The programme follows the ‘Oxford’ format for tuition, including lectures followed by small tutorial-group analysis and discussion. Each tutorial group is facilitated by a faculty member from Oxford’s Department of Economics.


As an OUBEP delegate, you will be able to sample everything that Oxford has to offer and make new connections.

Throughout the course you will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of social and cultural activities In previous years, our delegates have enjoyed punting, croquet, dinner at an Oxford college and Shakespeare in the park. These activities cultivate an environment that is academically stimulating and fun so that you leave OUBEP with a solid grounding in economic thinking, as well as an expanded professional network and some great memories.

Oxford learning experience

Taught by world-leading academics

Intense two week delivery

Valuable network of like-minded individuals


Delegates are carefully selected to create a diverse and international forum bringing perspectives and experience from every industry sector and continent. Those who attend are typically high-potential business executives and senior decision-makers in policy-making and NGO roles. They are often identified by their companies as the ‘leaders of tomorrow’, and have a minimum of five years’ leadership experience.


The OUBEP teaching faculty brings together academic and industry experts, who combine world-leading research with real-world experience. Our Syndicate tutors are all Oxford University Academics and provide dedicated tutoring support throughout the two weeks.

2021 Programme

Given the current uncertainty around the pandemic and the possible restrictions on travel, we have decided to not host our Core programme in its traditional format this year. 
However, we are launching a brand new format for 2021, Markets and the Globalised Economy, an on-demand, at your pace learning experience to provide the foundation in economics theory applied to some of the key challenges faced by businesses today, especially after they look to the post-crisis recovery.


OUBEP curates an immersive, rich and intense experience for participants. At its core, lies a combination of outstanding teaching with tutoring sessions in smaller groups. Participants are also able to take advantage of networking opportunities around drinks and dinner or whilst taking part in typical Oxford activities.