Oxford Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy

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Driving superior financial performance through impactful strategies

Start date:

Duration:

  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time

Location:

  • Oxford

Cost:

  • £33,900

About the programme

Are you ready to solve your greatest strategic challenges?

Advanced finance and strategy expertise is an organisation’s silver bullet for success in today’s challenging and uncertain business environment. Without this unique skillset and blend of specialist tools, you could risk overlooking key opportunities, potential pitfalls and delivering sub-par results, and ultimately forfeiting your competitive edge.

The Oxford Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy is designed to sharpen your strategic and financial toolkit and equip you with the advanced approach needed to effectively navigate new business scenarios and maximise value.

Immersive, interactive, and rigorous, this part-time, master’s-level programme consists of four modules taught in person in Oxford over one year:

  1. Strategy
  2. Business finance
  3. Corporate valuation
  4. Financial strategies for growth

Upon successful completion of this diploma, you will have developed an advanced approach to strategic investment decision-making, a holistic view of how to effectively execute and evaluate business initiatives, and a refined set of practical tools to make an immediate impact in your own organisation.

The Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy

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

Dr Ken Okamura

Diploma in Financial Strategy, Academic Director

You and your class

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You and your peers will be experienced strategy and finance professionals from around the world who are looking to:

  • Advance their career to board level
  • Develop their financial acumen to support their senior strategic expertise
  • Sharpen their strategic approach to successfully steer new business initiatives
  • Launch and scale their start-ups or ventures at pace

Class profile (2023-24)

Join a diverse cohort of experienced finance and strategy professionals, board-level executives and entrepreneurs.

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Average class size

41

Average age

25

Nationalities

21

Employment sectors

33%

Female students

This programme encourages you to think more broadly and advance your strategic approach, whilst also equipping you with the tools to do the calculations and produce the evidence that supports your strategy behind the scenes.

Kristie Rogers

Delivery Director, Visa Consulting & Analytics, Australia

Benefits

Build your case

To you

  • Gain a unique blend of strategic and financial tools
  • Study part-time and immediately apply your learnings
  • Expand your global professional network
  • Learn from world-class faculty
  • Access the latest world-leading research and insights
  • Gain an accredited University of Oxford qualification upon successful completion
  • Become a resilient leader equipped to address complex challenges
  • Enjoy exclusive Oxford benefits (see below)

To your organisation

  • Retain and nurture top talent to support organisational development and succession planning
  • Benefit from participant diversity that encourages thinking beyond the bounds of individual organisations, geographies and sectors
  • Gain practical solutions to address their greatest challenges through the findings from your Final Integrative Assignment (FIA)

A big benefit of the Diploma in Financial Strategy was the quality and calibre of the other students on the programme. It was such a strong group to learn from, share perspectives and have insightful discussions with.

Henning Ringholz

Entrepreneur and Executive Coach, Ireland

Oxford experience

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As an Executive Diploma participant, you will benefit from a variety of unique Oxford experiences.

These include:

  • Programme dinners with your cohort at historic Oxford colleges
  • An Oxford Union-style class debate
  • Executive Insights sessions to enrich your learning
  • Executive Impact workshops to help you elevate your presence
  • Social events such as punting, college visits and walking tours
  • Associate Oxford college membership
  • Membership of the prestigious University of Oxford alumni network and Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network, upon successful completion of the programme
  • A traditional Oxford end-of-course celebration event with family and friends

Student stories and news

Programme news

Discover what the Diploma in Financial Strategy is really like in the words of our students.

Meet the faculty

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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.

A pathway to Oxford's Executive MBA

A route towards the Oxford Executive MBA.

Whilst the Diploma in Financial Strategy is a stand-alone postgraduate qualification, the programme also offers a route towards the Oxford Executive MBA. Should diploma participants choose to pursue the Executive MBA, and gain a place on the programme, they will receive exemptions from four module assessments, as well as a fee reduction. Attendance will be required at all modules, regardless of assessment exemption.

How to apply

More information

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

This accredited financial strategy diploma is designed for experienced executives, typically with an upper-second class undergraduate degree or equivalent at a minimum, and at least five years’ relevant work experience.

There are 40 places available in our 2025 cohort. The programme received an average of 65 applications per year for entry in 2020-22.

Scholarships and funding

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We are pleased to offer a variety of prestigious awards to recognise outstanding talent across our diploma community.

Fees

Total programme fee for both home and overseas participants is £33,900.

The fee covers tuition costs, course materials, essential reading texts, assessments and associate college membership. Lunch and refreshments are provided daily, and there is a special evening dinner with your cohort during each module.

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

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