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Said Business School 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Said Business School is highly selective with its programs as well as students. In the fall intake of 2019, a place for 329 students was made for an MBA course. Students were from 64 different nations and surprisingly 95% of the students admitted were international applicants.

Said Business School is affiliated to the University of Oxford, one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. It is a public college that offers one undergraduate, 4 graduate and 2 doctoral courses and few diploma and short term courses as well.

Some key points to be kept in mind while applying for admission to Said Business School are as follows:

  • English proficiency test scores are to be submitted latest by July 31.
  • Students applying for graduate courses have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and 2 years work experience for admission.
  • For undergraduate students, the entrance requirement is A*AA (with A or A* in Math).
  • Mathematics is a mandatory subject requirement for undergraduate admissions.
  • Admission interview is mandatory for both undergraduates and graduates.
  • All admitted MBA students had an average work experience of 5 years.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

  • The university wide open days are on July 1 and November 18, which will be held virtually. Registration is required for the same.
  • There will be no change in UCAS deadlines.
  • Admission test requirements will remain in place while the school is evaluating options to allow students in taking the tests with flexibility.
  • Graduate applications are re-opened for some courses.
  • Staff is working remotely to review the applications.

Highlights

Application portalUCAS portal/ School Application
Application fee150 EUR
Acceptance rate6%
Mode of paymentOnline
Average GMAT score690
Average GRE score160
Financial aidScholarships available
Work experienceRequired

Said Business School Admission Deadlines

Applicants interested to study at Said Business School, need to apply a year before the start date of your course by completing an online application form.

Level of StudyApplication Deadline
Undergraduate applicantsOctober 15
Graduate applicantsVary with course

*Thinking skills assessment test registration deadline – November 4

*Interviews – mid December

Said Business School International Student Admissions

Said Business School accepts international students from all over the world for various departments with a condition that they satisfy their academic records and submit required documents. The requirements for domestic and international applicants are mostly similar. However, international applicants are required to submit some additional documents.

Application portal: UG applicants - UCAS portal; PG applicants – Online Application

Application fee: 150 EUR

Basic Academic Requirements: The following requirements must be fulfilled at the time of admission:

  • Minimum of 3 A-Levels at A*AA including Mathematics
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Mathematics to A-Level (A* or A grade) or to HL at IB (score 6 or 7).
  • Interview
  • International baccalaureate
  • Statement of purpose
  • One of the following qualification or equivalent
    • A*AA at A-Level
    • AA/AAB at Advanced Higher
    • 39 points overall (including core points) at IB with three HL subjects at 766

The equivalent qualifications for Indian applicants are as follows:

  • Students under CBSE board: Grades A1, A1, A1, A2, A2. Grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for. (Grade A1 = 91 marks or above; Grade A2 = 81-90)
  • Students under CISCE board: Overall grade of at least 90%, with 95% or above in four subjects which must include a subject relevant to the course applied for and 85% or above in the fifth subject.

Applicants from other countries are required to see their respective country specific requirements on a website before applying.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English need to meet the requirements described below as proof of English language proficiency. Depending on the course, applicants also need to show either a standard or a higher level of ability in English, depending on the course as specified in the table below:

The courses which accept the standard level: Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. All other courses require the higher level.

ExamStandard level scoresHigh level scores
IELTS7.0, minimum 6.5 in every component7.5, minimum 7.0 in every component
TOEFL100
(listening: 22; reading: 22; speaking: 25; writing: 24)
110
(listening: 22; reading: 22; speaking: 25; writing: 24)
CAE/CPE185, minimum 176 in every component191, minimum 185 in every component
English language GCSEGrade B or grade 6Grade B or grade 6
English language O-levelscore of 5 in English (as Language A or B)score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
European baccalaureate70% in English70% in English

Note:

  1. The university does not accept IGCSE in proof of English proficiency.
  2. The university accepts only IELTS Academic tests. The IELTS General, IELTS UKVI and IELTS life skills options are not suitable for admission.

Visa Process for International Students

For studying in the Said Business School, students require a Tier 4 student visa. A visa application fee of 348 EUR will apply to all applicants. Several documents must be gathered for the process of acquiring a visa. These include:

  • Unconditional admission offer
  • Visa application form
  • Confirmation of acceptance of studies (CAS ) number
  • Current passport
  • Proof of financial evidence
  • Passing a secure English language test (SELT) in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Proof of parents or legal guardian consent for applicants under 18 years
  • Proof of relationship with parent or guardian must also be submitted
  • A tuberculosis test result is also required

Said Business School Undergraduate Admissions

Said business school offers undergraduate admissions in one course which is BA (honors) in Economics and Management. Aspirants are required to submit the statement of purpose and other qualification documents listed below:

Where to Apply: UCAS portal

Application fee: 150 EUR

Admission requirements: The following minimum requirements must be met for applying to the BA in Economics and Management programs:

  • At least 3 A-Levels at A*AA including Mathematics
  • Recommended to have studied business or economics
  • A- Level Mathematics (minimum A* or A grade) or to HL at IB (score 6 or 7).
  • Interview
  • Statement of purpose
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Pass Thinking Skills Assessment Test
  • One of the following qualification or equivalent is desired:
    • A-Level of A*AA
    • AA/AAB at Advanced Higher
    • 39 points overall including core points at IB with three HL subjects at 766

Said Business School Graduate Admissions

Said Business School offers 4 graduate programs in business administration, financial economics, program management, and law and finance and 2 doctoral programs. The admission requirements for these programs are quite different from each other.

Where to Apply: School Application

Application fee: 150 EUR

Admission Requirements: The following basic requirements must be fulfilled to seek admission to graduate programs:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Supporting statement
  • Online assessment
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum GPA requirement depends on program
  • GRE/ GMAT score based on program requirements
  • Updated CV
  • Professional work experience
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Professional or academic references

Specific requirements for courses are listed below:

RequirementsMBAM. Sc in financial economicsM. Sc in major program managementM. Sc in law and finance
Course duration1 year9 months2 years1 year
Application DeadlineSeptember 11;
November 1;
January 10;
April 3 & May 29
November 1;
January 10 & March 13
December 2;
January 27;
March 23;
April 27;
June 1 & July 20
January 24
Official TranscriptsRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Minimum GPANot mentioned3.5 on 4.03.0 on 4.03.7 on 4.0
GMAT/GRE scoresRequired, GMAT score 650 or GRE score 160 or aboveRequired, GMAT average score 730Not requiredNot required
Resume / CVRequired, one page CVRequiredRequiredRequired
EssayRequired, 750 wordsRequired, 500 wordsRequired, minimum 3 essaysRequired, 2000 words
Work experienceRequired, minimum 2 yearsRequired, minimum 2 yearsRequired, minimum 7 yearsNot required but recommended
ReferenceRequired, minimum 2 professional referencesRequired, minimum 2 academic referencesRequired, minimum 2 academic or professional referencesRequired, minimum 3 of which 2 must be academic
InterviewRequiredRequiredRequiredNot required
Additional requirements5 questions online assessment and supporting statementNoneNoneStatement of purpose (300 words)

Accepted students are required to be prepared for an interview in mid – December that will be held remotely. Exam results are only a part of the information the university uses to build a picture of applicants academic potential, hence even the best possible grades will not guarantee a place.

For most courses, all applicants would be required to take an admissions test. Relevant work experience is mandatory for some courses and recommended for others as it would give an edge to the applicants as the competition is very high and acceptance rate is quite low.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ques. What is the online assessment required for admission to Said Business School all about?

Ans. The online assessment required for admission to Said Business School is like a virtual meeting to test your skills and personality. A standard assessment would involve 2 questions based on motivation, 2 based on competency and a written response.

Ques. How much do I need to score in GMAT and GRE to be selected for the MBA program at Said Business School, UK?

Ans. The students who grabbed an opportunity to study at Said Business School scored an average GMAT score of 690 and average GRE score of 160.

Ques. Can I still apply to Said Business School if I am unable to get a hold of my transcript?

Ans. Yes, you can apply for admission to Said Business School if you do not have your transcripts ready. It is better to get a scanned copy of your transcript from your institution electronically, if you are unable to do so, attach a copy of your student’s portal showing your marks while applying at the school.

Ques. What will be the next step if I get shortlisted for an interview at the Said Business School?

Ans. If you are selected for a program that requires an interview for admission the steps will be conveyed to you by the academic department beforehand. The interview will be conducted remotely and the academic team will confirm arrangements with the applicants.

Ques. How hard is it to get into Said Business School?

Ans. With the growing competition and less than 6 % of acceptance rate it is not easy to get into the university but it can be achieved by scoring good grades, gathering professional work experience and performing well in the interview.

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