Oxford Executive Diploma in Artificial Intelligence for Business

Harnessing the power of AI to drive extraordinary performance

Start date:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £29,183

About the programme

We live in a world in which change is driven by new technologies, and at the heart of this is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI, predictive analytics and other digital disruptions are transforming business models, processes and customer relationships across every industry. Organisations increasingly find themselves confronting moments of existential change. In this landscape of digital disruption, leaders need both the understanding and the tools to integrate AI into their overall strategy.

The programme combines cutting-edge academic learning with practical, front-line knowledge about the impact of AI. With like-minded, global professionals and university researchers, you will learn how to lead in the development, implementation and running of AI systems. This will give you the confidence to not only cut through the ‘spin’ but also drive long-term value creation and career progression. 

This immersive, interactive programme is built on the academic rigour of a specialised Oxford masters-level qualification, in a format designed to suit busy working executives. There are four modules in Oxford, over one year.


  • The landscape of technological disruption (15-18 February 2023)
  • The business of big data and machine learning (17-20 May 2023) 
  • AI in practice (26-29 July 2023) 
  • Strategic leadership in the age of AI (4-7 October 2023)

AI at Oxford


The University of Oxford is at the cutting edge of the AI revolution.

This postgraduate diploma draws upon Oxford's broad artificial intelligence expertise as well as a diverse range of industry specialists.

We are proud that our research helps the lives of millions, with some of the most talented people from across the globe solving real-world problems through a huge network of AI partnerships and collaborations.

Class profile (2021-22)

On this diploma you will develop a network of lifelong value from your highly diverse, international and senior class.


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AI is to the 2020s what railroads were to the 1880s - essential for success in all sectors. This programme will help you understand the implications of that for your business.

Dr Alex Connock

Co-Academic Director and Fellow in Management Practice (Marketing)

Upcoming events


Executive Diplomas and Masters Coffee & Conversations in London

Meet with us over coffee for an informal conversation about our diploma programmes.

  • Thursday 6 October | 9:00-17:00


Oxford Executive Diplomas: Virtual Open Event

Your chance to explore the game-changing benefits of studying an Oxford Executive Diploma.

  • Thursday 13 October | 14:00-15:00

Latest programme news


Powerful artificial intelligence debates its own ethics in the Oxford Union.

In a recent end of module debate at the Oxford Union, a powerful AI tool shared some startling views on how humanity should protect itself from the threat it poses.

Find out more about the latest insights, initiatives and achievements from our current cohort.

Launch taster lecture

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Oxford experience


We are an extraordinary, cutting-edge, global business school community, embedded at the heart of a world-class university.

This unique position gives you exposure to the best of the business world and academia.

Each module provides substantive interaction and networking opportunities with classmates, faculty and industry guests - while simultaneously offering you privileged access to different parts of the historic University of Oxford and its colleges.
After you have completed the programme, you will become a member of the Oxford Business Alumni network (OBA), offering valuable ongoing networking and learning opportunities.


To you

  • Understand and master the application of AI in business - a long term, translatable career advantage
  • Gain an Oxford postgraduate qualification without giving up work
  • Build a global professional network 
  • Meet leading academics and industry experts
  • Boost your confidence and credibility at a senior level
  • Lifelong association with Oxford University

To your organisation

  • Immediately applicable content
  • Practical solutions to address AI and digital disruption
  • Access game-changing research
  • Retain and develop top achievers and high-potential employees
  • Find more organisational benefits

Meet the faculty

Our outstanding faculty bring access to world-class research, a wealth of industry experience and the ability to present complex concepts and lead high-level executive debate.

AI shows a lot of promise, but there’s also a lot of hype. This diploma will cut through the hype and equip leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to drive real AI-enabled business growth.

Andrew Stephen

Co-Academic Director and Associate Dean of Research, L’Oréal Professor of Marketing

Who can apply

This programme is designed for experienced professionals with five or more years' work experience.

You are likely to be working in a leadership role with some responsibility for strategy development and implementation.

Scholarships and funding


We are committed to supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion.

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

We also offer two £10,000 Director's Awards, which 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.

Class blogs

Find out what our current participants think about the programme by reading the latest class blogs.

Oxford Initiative on AI×SDGs

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Led by Professors Andrew Stephen and Luciano Floridi, and supported by Facebook, Google and Microsoft, the Oxford Initiative on AI×SDGs seeks to determine how AI can be used to support and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The research team will seek to design evidence-based policies for governments, NGOs and businesses to tackle SDGs more effectively and recommend tools and best practices.

Oxford Future of Marketing Initiative

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The Oxford Future of Marketing Initiative brings together the brightest academic minds with high-level industry partners representing major brands, agencies, and technology companies. 

Together, they discuss, debate, and address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for marketing in our increasingly digitised, socially interactive, and technologically complex world.

Future Proof

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The marketing podcast from Saïd Business School and Kantar

Hosted by Diploma Co-Academic Director Andrew Stephen and Jane Ostler, Global Head of Media, Insights Division at Kantar, the Future Proof podcast looks at big industry questions, helping brands and business leaders navigate the changing landscape of marketing.

Episodes include 'Does conversational AI give us better insights?', 'How can you make the most of chatbots?' and 'Are marketers realising the full potential of AI and machine learning?'.



The programme fee covers tuition costs, course materials, essential reading texts, assessments and associate college membership. Lunch and refreshments are provided along with one evening dinner at a different Oxford college each module.

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