Oxford Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy

Gain the financial strategy skills and insights for future success

Start date:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £27,581

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, over one year.


  • Strategy (25 - 29 January 2022)
  • Business finance (22 - 26 March 2022)
  • Corporate valuation (28 June - 2 July 2022)
  • Financial strategies for growth (4 - 8 October 2022)

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

2022 Delivery

Diploma students will be able to attend in-person or join classes online from the first module. It is our intention to offer this form of hybrid delivery for all modules.

We are committed to supporting you by answering any questions you may have. If you are interested in applying for the 2022 Oxford Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy cohort, please contact Recruitment Manager Sara Nema.

Typical class profile

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

Oxford experience


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

Each diploma module will provide interaction and networking opportunities with classmates, faculty and industry guests, as well as the opportunity to try many unique Oxford experiences.

As a participant, you will enjoy programme dinners with your class in historic Oxford colleges, along with social activities designed to embrace the rich traditions, cultural and intellectual flavours of the city.

Graduates of the diploma become lifelong members of the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network, connecting you to a network drawn from across the University of Oxford in your city and sector.

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 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.

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:

  • Zebelene Wates, Senior Manager - International Tax and Transfer Pricing, Bentleys SA 
  •  Adjoa Adjei-Twum, Founder and CEO, Emerging Business Intelligence and Innovation (EBII) Group
  • Jennifer McGuinness, Corporate Finance Manager, NewERA, National Treasury Management Agency
  • 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 and assessments. 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.