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.



17-20 January 2024

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

Business finance

10-13 April 2024

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

Corporate valuation

10-13 July 2024

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

Financial strategies for growth

25-28 September 2024

  • 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.