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.

Central to the design of the Oxford Executive Diplomas is the dual focus on the academic theory (and 'thinking') behind current organisational and global challenges, and the practical approaches ('doing') through which to successfully navigate them.  

Led by Dr Felipe Thomaz, the Oxford Executive Diploma in Artificial Intelligence for Business offers a specialist focus on four core modules pertinent to the rapid rise and application of AI in an organisational context.

You can choose to study this diploma programme via one of two streams. You should ensure you are able to attend all the module dates for your chosen stream. Changing streams is not permitted.

As part of our continuous review process, and commitment to excellence, module content is subject to development. Any updates to programme content will be communicated at the earliest opportunity.


The landscape of technological disruption

Stream one: 14-17 January 2025
Stream two: 18-21 March 2025

  • 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

The business of big data and machine learning

Stream one: 8-11 April 2025
Stream two: 10-13 June 2025

  • An economic analysis of Big Data and AI trends
  • Machine learning model types (supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, deep learning)
  • The strengths and weaknesses of machine learning models
  • Economic analyses of AI strategy for corporations: identifying sources of competitive advantage, value creation and value capture

AI in practice

Stream one: 1-4 July 2025
Stream two: 16-19 September 2025

  • 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: practical examples 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

Stream one: 23-26 September 2025
Stream two: 2-5 December 2025

  • 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 submissions and/or examinations. Module four is assessed by an extended Final Integrative Assignment (FIA) related to your organisation or industry.

Participants must pass all four modules to be awarded the diploma certificate (an accredited EQF Level 7 qualification) at a traditional University of Oxford end-of-course ceremony.

Study commitments


Previous participants have estimated that the study commitment in between modules is approximately six to eight hours per week for the duration of the diploma programme. This time is spent completing the allocated pre-reading prior to each module and preparing for the four assessments.

Potential changes to this programme

There may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary to make changes to the provision of the programme, either before or after registration. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic, epidemic or local health emergency. In addition, in certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to programme requirements for international study.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your diploma. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include illness, sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.

Further information about changes to programmes and provisions of the student contract.