Diplomas: How to apply


Here, you'll find information on eligibility, how to submit your application, deadlines and how to get help.

Entry requirements

General entrance requirements:

  • A first-class or an upper-second class undergraduate degree or equivalent international qualifications (GPA of 3.5). We will consider applicants who do not hold such a qualification but can demonstrate a particularly strong employment record and/or hold certain professional qualifications.
  • At least 5 years' relevant professional experience.
  • English language proficiency (either TOEFL or IELTS, with minimum scores met, if English is not your first language). A previous degree or work experience in English may be sufficient.

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When to apply

Online applications for the 2022 classes are now open.

There is a rolling admissions process, with application deadlines throughout the year.

Places will be allocated to successful applicants on a continual basis, so we would recommend applying early to guarantee your place. Once the programme is full, a waitlist will come into effect.

Application deadlines:

  • 10 May 2021
  • 5 July 2021
  • 6 September 2021 
  • 18 October 2021
  • 6 December 2021

How to apply

You will need the following to complete your application:

  • a CV/resume
  • two references (at least one professional)
  • academic transcripts (including official translations if appropriate)
  • evidence of English language ability
  • two essays (500 words each)

Your application essays give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, curiosity and insight into the relevant field. The essay topics are:

  • Please outline why you wish to study for the diploma. You should focus on the organisational, strategic and/or financial challenges you are currently facing and explain how you think the programme will help you address these challenges.
  • What are your main achievements in your current position and what were your reasons for taking this position?

English language proficiency

Candidates for the diploma must demonstrate their proficiency in English as part of their application.

English test requirements


Minimum score of 110

Minimum required on each component

  • Listening: 22
  • Reading: 24
  • Writing: 24
  • Speaking: 25


Minimum score of 7.5

Minimum required on each component 7.0

The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 

Minimum score of 191

Minimum required per component: 185

The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).

Minimum score of 191

Minimum required per component: 185


The requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency may be waived, at the discretion of the University, in the following circumstances:

  1. You have successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment is entirely in English
  2. You have completed extensive work experience within an English speaking country, or a company that uses English as its language of communication.

If you wish to apply for a waiver to the English language requirement, you must click on the ‘waived’ option in the TOEFL section of the application form.

As evidence we will require either that:

  1. The transcripts you submit with your application state that the sole language of instruction was English; or
  2. An official letter from your university stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English. This letter must be also be uploaded to the TOEFL/IELTS section of the online form; or
  3. A written statement outlining your experience working in an English speaking country or a company that uses English as its language of communication. This statement must be uploaded to the TOEFL/IELTS section of the online form.

* List of majority English speaking countries as defined by the UKBA: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana

Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ online courses will not be considered for the waiver.

More on TOEFL and IELTS

The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank. If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test. Your test must have been taken less than two years before the start date of the course for which you are applying.

Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.


If you require a visa to enter the UK, please allow sufficient time for your visa to be processed.


The 2022 fee for Financial Strategy, Global Business, Organisational Leadership and Strategy and Innovation is £28,081 and £27,581 for AI for Business.

Programme fees cover tuition costs, course materials, essential reading texts and assessments. When in-person, lunch and refreshments are provided daily and there is an evening dinner at a different Oxford college during each module.

Accommodation is not included in the fee. You should make arrangements to stay in Oxford during the modules.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees as a condition of your offer. The deposit payment is usually required to secure your place on the programme within 30 days of the initial offer if your application is successful. If your application is completed towards the start of the programme then you may be given a shorter deadline to pay your deposit.

Scholarships and funding


We are committed to supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion.

We offer one £10,000 Women's Scholarship in each class, this is designed to support the progression of talented women into senior roles.

We also offer two £10,000 Director's Awards, these are open to candidates who can effectively demonstrate how they will enhance the learning experience of the cohort through the diverse experiences they have accumulated to date.