Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation
A good undergraduate degree (at least 2:1) is usually required. Applicants may also be considered if they hold a relevant professional qualification.
This programme is designed for people with at least 5 years of professional experience. However, most participants have more than 10 years of professional experience.
There are no age restrictions, but applicants need to demonstrate they have the intellectual ability and relevant professional experience to join in strategic level group discussions.
You do not need to have a background in strategy but you must be able to demonstrate senior-level management experience which will enable you to take part in high-level discussions on strategy and business within the programme and to complete the programme assessments. The programme has been designed both for those with strategy experience and for senior-level executives who want to develop an advanced strategic understanding to benefit their organisation’s success and competitiveness.
Please complete the online form which can be found on the how to apply page. You will be asked to outline your objectives for the programme and to prepare a personal statement of up to 500 words. Please provide details of two people who will be contacted to supply a standard reference form. All applications are subject to review and approval by the admissions committee.
Please be aware that we operate a rolling admissions process with deadlines throughout the year, which you can view on our How to Apply page.
We recommend that you apply early in the year as:
• We cannot guarantee that there will be places left by the end of the admissions process.
• Attendance at all modules is compulsory, so an early offer will enable effective planning.
If an admissions deadline is stated on our website and this date has passed, it will still be possible to process your application if there are places available.
As part of the application process you will be required to submit a 500 word personal statement. This should focus on specific current or emergent issues that you think the Diploma will help address in your organisation.
There is a Scholarship for Women available for the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation. Candidates who have submitted a completed application and receive an offer will automatically be considered for this Scholarship. To find out more, please visit the Scholarship for Women page.
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The Diploma starts in February each year, and cannot be joined at other times. Participants are required to attend and successfully complete all 4 modules and assessments.
Diploma students come from a variety of backgrounds and sectors. Participant groups are a global mix of experienced professionals, providing a unique opportunity to network and discuss perspectives at the highest level. For a breakdown of this year's class profile view the Class Profile page. To view profiles of individual past participants view the Testimonials page.
You can contact Joe Nicholson, Business Development Officer by phone on +44 (0)1865 610067.
The programme fee for 2019 is £24,500. The fee includes all tuition, materials, daytime meals, college membership and some evening dinners at historic Oxford colleges. A 15% deposit is payable on acceptance to guarantee your place on the programme. The balance is then required in full 2 months before the programme commences.
Accommodation is not included in the programme fee. Participants are required to make their own arrangements with local hotels for their stay in Oxford. A list of suitable accommodation is provided.
No. The Diploma requires participants to attend all four modules in Oxford as class discussion and networking are essential elements of the programme.
Yes. We welcome visits from prospective students. To arrange a visit please contact Joe Nicholson, Business Development Officer on +44 (0)1865 610067.
Membership to either of these clubs is managed directly through the club. Unfortunately your OBA Network membership or Oxford Alumni Card from the University of Oxford Alumni Office, does not afford automatic membership into these clubs. Please visit the clubs' membership links for more information:
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Diploma please contact Joe Nicholson on +44 (0)1865 610067.
Download a copy of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation brochure here