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Oxford Diploma in Financial Strategy

Oxford Diploma in Financial Strategy

Programme outline

World-leading faculty in the areas of strategy and finance

The Diploma in Financial Strategy draws on Oxford University's strengths in finance and strategy and offers a distinct intellectual edge. Led by Academic Director, Dr Ken Okamura and other world-leading faculty in the areas of strategy and finance, the four programme modules combine the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical understanding of business and wealth creation:

1. Strategy

This module explains the process and practice of formulating competitive and corporate strategy. You will develop the analytic skills of a strategy consultant and the ability to present, defend and interrogate proposals in strategic decision making. 

Topics covered:

  • Goals and strategies
  • Competitive advantage
  • Industry analysis
  • Strategy and change
  • Diversification
  • Global strategy
  • Managing the multi-business company
  • Strategy process and practice.

2. Business finance

This module identifies the sources of investor value, and uses them to think about portfolio composition, investment choices, and corporate financial decisions.

Topics covered:

  • Discounting and bond maths
  • Capital budgeting
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • Capital structure and tax
  • Options
  • Initial public offerings

3. Financial strategies for growth

This module is a practical examination of the various methods used by companies to expand their businesses. You will develop a solid and applied awareness of the best ways to grow organisations given a particular situation and the pitfalls to avoid.

Topics covered:

  • Developing a strategy
  • Financial analysis and due diligence
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • International growth
  • Combining growth strategies

4. Corporate valuation

This module incorporates the knowledge developed throughout the programme and provides the in-depth understanding and ability to make optimal strategic investment decisions.

Topics covered:

  • Fundamentals of valuation
  • DCF and project analysis
  • Valuing human capital 
  • Value creation
  • Relative valuation
  • Valuation in a competitive environment
  • Valuation under financial distress
  • Valuation in a private equity setting.


The programme is assessed via three case study based exams, plus an extended assignment which is designed to be related back to your organisation. 

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Tom Brownrigg
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