Oxford Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy

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Gain the financial strategy skills and insights for future success

Start date:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £27,020

About the programme

Develop your financial management skills to take your career to the next level.

Designed for experienced finance practitioners and managers, the programme provides its graduates with highly-developed financial acumen, strategy techniques and business knowledge.

This lively, interactive diploma provides the academic rigour of a specialised Oxford masters-level qualification in a format that is designed to suit busy executives. The programme consists of four modules, each lasting four days, over one year.


  • Strategy (27 – 30 January 2021)
  • Business finance (21 – 24 April 2021)
  • Corporate valuation (14 – 17 July 2021)
  • Financial strategies for growth (29 September – 2 October 2021)

On completion of the four modules and related assessments, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to take high-level strategic decisions and drive the financial performance of your organisation. 

An introduction to the diploma

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Find out more about the content and key benefits of studying for the diploma.

Class profile 2020

Study alongside other finance practitioners from across the world, sharing experiences and gaining fresh insights.


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Female students

The first module, strategy, was enlivened by the insistence of application to the workplace. As a result I was able to, with the full support of my then director, reshape the divisional strategy.

Mark Le Page

Advisory Director, EY, UK

Meet us in Oxford

Saïd Business School

We hold one-to-one meetings and information events around the world, as well as an annual Open Evening here in Oxford. These sessions are a great opportunity to find out more about the Oxford Diplomas.

Oxford experience

College experience
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Attending Saïd Business School gives you the chance to gain exposure to the top ranks of the business world. Regular seminars, forums and guest lectures provide a steady stream of networking opportunities.

You will become an associate member of St Hugh’s College and each module will provide networking opportunities with your classmates and faculty while simultaneously introducing you to different parts of the historic University of Oxford. 

After you have completed the programme you will become a member of the Oxford Business Alumni network (OBA) and will have associate alumni status of St Hugh’s College.

To you

  • Complete a masters-level qualification alongside your current role
  • Build your professional networks with fellow finance professionals and senior executives from across the world
  • Gain exposure to the top ranks of business and financial practice
  • Boost your confidence and credibility at a senior level

To your organisation

  • Develop leaders with enhanced financial strategy decision-making and an international mindset
  • Tap into game-changing research
  • Assessments structure designed to add practical value throughout
  • Retain and develop top achievers and high potential employees

The Diploma in Financial Strategy

Gives exceptional individuals the opportunity to develop their strategic skills & advance their understanding of finance in a rigorous & intensive environment: For some this leads to professional advancement, for others it launches new careers.

Dr Ken Okamura

Diploma in Financial Strategy, Academic Director

Meet the faculty

Meet the faculty

Oxford Saïd’s 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.

Scholarships for women

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Oxford Saïd is committed to increasing the economic participation and influence of women.

As a result, there are three scholarships on this programme for outstanding female candidates: one for 50% of tuition fees and two for £5,000 fee reductions.

The diploma and the Executive MBA

The Diploma in Financial Strategy provides a proven pathway to the Oxford Executive MBA.

Although the diploma is a self-standing University of Oxford qualification, it also provides a pathway to the Oxford Executive MBA. Both programmes are assessed at the same academic level and diploma participants, therefore, receive exemptions from the four equivalent EMBA modules, as well as a fee reduction.

This programme is designed for experienced professionals, with 5 or more years' work experience.

Participants are typically finance professionals, and general managers looking to equip themselves to lead the financial and business strategy of their organisation

We welcome enquiries from potential applicants and would be happy to discuss the programme with you in more detail and review your CV.

Class blogs

Find out what our latest students think about this diploma by reading our class blogs.

Recent bloggers include:

  • Naiole Cohen Dos Santos, Finance Coach and Corporate Governance Specialist
  • Ygor Francisco, Cofounder & CEO, Soicalai
  • Lilia Stoyanov, CEO, Transformify



The programme fee covers tuition costs, course materials, essential reading texts, assessments, and college fees. 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.