Programme outline


The diploma combines the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical approach to financial strategy.

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 Ken Okamura, the Oxford Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy offers a unique blend of advanced financial acumen with specialist strategic frameworks over four core modules.



22-25 January 2025

  • Goals and strategies
  • Competitive advantage
  • Industry analysis
  • Strategy and change
  • Diversification
  • Global strategy

Business finance

9-12 April 2025

  • Discounting and bond pricing
  • Capital budgeting
  • Capital asset pricing model
  • Capital structure and taxes
  • Options
  • Corporate governance

Corporate valuation

9-12 July 2025

  • Fundamentals of valuation
  • DCF and project analysis
  • LBO valuation
  • Value creation
  • Relative valuation

Financial strategies for growth

1-4 October 2025

  • Options for growth and developing a growth strategy
  • Strategic mergers and acquisitions 
  • Due diligence and financial analysis
  • Deal structures and negotiation
  • Realising, merging and reporting value creation
  • International growth


Diploma in Financial Strategy graduation

Typically, modules one and three are assessed by submissions, and there is a timed examination for module two. 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.