Programme outline


The Oxford Executive Diploma in AI for Business combines the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical approach to leadership in the age of AI.

Led by Academic Directors Andrew Stephen and Alex Connock, and taught by an interdisciplinary team of world-class faculty and specialist industry guests, the diploma is based on four intensive modules.

The landscape of technological disruption

15 - 18 February 2023

  • The digital-first landscape, the state of technological disruption, and the importance of AI
  • The history and development of AI within organisations 
  • Developing growth strategies that leverage AI and generate value
  • Digital ethics and the current and emergent considerations for responsible and ethical uses of AI
  • Trust, privacy and governance considerations

The business of big data and machine learning

17 - 20 May 2023

  • Data types and requirements for machine learning and AI
  • Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics
  • Machine learning model types (supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, deep learning)
  • Data and IT infrastructure requirements for machine learning and AI
  • Working with and leading data scientists and engineers
  • Managing and governing data and machine learning modelling projects

AI in practice

26 - 29 July 2023

  • Strategies for developing an AI system that will create value and drive growth
  • Human-AI interactions and the importance of a humans-first approach to AI
  • AI across the organisation: case studies of how AI is changing functions such as operations, finance and marketing and re-shaping sectors and professions, from law to advertising
  • Developing industry and organisational approaches

Strategic leadership in the age of AI

4 - 7 October 2023

  • New strategic leadership skills in the age of AI 
  • The implications of digital technologies for organisations
  • Digital Transformation
  • Strategies for stakeholder management and leading change across the organisation
  • Motivating and managing teams in the digital age 


Modules one, two and three are assessed by either in-person exams, online exams, or assignments, or a combination of these. Module four is assessed by an extended assignment related to your organisation or industry.

Study commitment

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Participants are expected to complete the allocated pre-reading prior to each module.

Previous participants on our Executive Diplomas have estimated that the study commitment of the programme is approximately 5–8 hours per week for the duration of the diploma.

Is the diploma right for me?

Read information on entry requirements, application deadlines, available scholarships and the supporting material you will need to include in your online application.