Programme outline


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

Led by Dr Ken Okamura, the programme is based on four intensive modules in the areas of strategy, business finance, corporate valuation and financial strategies for growth. 



27 – 30 January 2021

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

Business Finance

21 – 24 April 2021

  • Discounting and bond pricing
  • Capital budgeting
  • Capital asset pricing model
  • Capital structure and taxes
  • Options
  • Initial public offerings

Corporate valuation

14 – 17 July 2021

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

Financial Strategies for Growth

29 September – 2 October 2021

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


Diploma in Financial Strategy graduation

Modules one, two and three are assessed by remote, open-book exams. Module four is assessed by an extended assignment related to your organisation or industry.

Study commitment

Note pad and pen

Participants are expected to complete the allocated pre-reading prior to each module.

Previous participants have estimated that the study commitment of the programme is approximately 5–8 hours per week for the duration of the diploma.