Summer programme

The OUBEP summer programme is an open-enrolment executive programme designed to equip future leaders with the economic tools they need to drive new thinking and ideas.

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With lectures and tutorials from leading academic economists, contributions from expert practitioners, and intense discussions between delegates from all sectors, you’ll learn how to use the powerful analytical tools of modern economics to develop resilience and growth.

The full summer programme starts with an online launch on 15 May and combines 20 online lectures, weekly one-to-one drop-in sessions with a tutor and regular online group sessions. The course will round off with an intensive residential week from 9-14 July at Keble College in the heart of Oxford. Fee: £15,900 (includes all lectures, meals, accommodation at Keble College, group activities and formal dinner at an Oxford College.)

The online-only programme option is ideal if you are unable to travel or take a significant amount of time out of the office. This package offers the same 20 lectures that form the backbone of the full programme, supplemented by weekly online tutor drop-in sessions and group work sessions. Fee: £1,950.

the Summer

Based on the principles of the original OUBEP summer school launched 70 years ago, the format has been updated and adapted for modern business life.

It is delivered as a hybrid programme, comprising online lectures and an intensive residential week in Oxford, or can be experienced fully online. Both options 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.

The residential week 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 one week, 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.


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

Intensive residential week for those on hybrid programme

Valuable network of like-minded individuals

choose your programme experience

the full summer Programme

Includes residential week

If you would like to experience the city of Oxford and meet our expert tutors in person, then this option is for you. 

The full programme combines 20 online lectures with a 5-day residential tutorial week in Oxford. The lectures, available from February (for those registered early), will cover 10 distinct topics. During this period you will have the opportunity to chat with our tutors online and complete short activities, so that you feel well-prepared for your week in Oxford. 

Online only

Available from February to July

This programme is ideal if you are unable to travel or take a significant time out of the office.

Thelectures-only programme provides you with the same 20 online lectures covering 10 distinct topics as the full programme. You will be given access to the lectures for five months, and also benefit from a five-month period, starting on Monday 27 February, where drop-in sessions with the programme tutors will be available. 


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.

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.