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 20 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 14-20 July at St Catherine’s College in the heart of Oxford. Fee: £19,700 (includes all lectures, meals, accommodation at St Catherine’s, group activities and formal dinner at an Oxford College.)

the Summer

Based on the principles of the original OUBEP summer school launched over 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. You will 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

Valuable network of like-minded individuals

residential week


Welcome to Oxford! We begin our week in Oxford with a drinks reception hosted at an Oxford College. This is followed by the Course Director’s icebreaker activities to get to know your other delegates.

Finish the day with a formal dinner to kick-off the residential week.


Today is the first full day of the programme! Get to know the other delegates and relax with some yoga in the morning before syndicate sessions.

Today’s Topics:

  • (Missing) Markets
  • Market Power

End the day by listening to the first evening speaker.


Why not begin today with an organised run through Jericho to the idyllic river-side setting of Port Meadow. Watch out for the wildlife!

Today’s Topics:

  • Strategic Reasoning
  • The Power of Information

End the day by listening to the second evening speaker.


Wednesday is a half-day of teaching to allow you to immerse yourself in Oxford!

Today’s Topics:

  • Auction Theory
  • The Basics of Behavioural Economics

Join the group for an afternoon walking tour of Oxford. The evening is then free for you to explore!


Join fellow delegates for some yoga in the morning before a busy day.

Today’s Topics:

  • Measuring and Financing the Economy
  • Saving the Economy from Recessions

The day ends with a formal college dinner with OUBEP’s Steering Committee.


Friday is the final day of the programme which concludes with the big OUBEP debate! 

Today’s Topics:

  • Globalisation, Nationalism and Supply Chains
  • Inequality and Growth

After receiving your certificate, end the day with a farewell BBQ.

The summer programme

Includes residential week

Experience the city of Oxford and meet our expert tutors in person.

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. 


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.