Oxford Executive Diploma in Organisational Leadership

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Elevating your impact as a resilient, strategic leader

Start date:

Duration:

  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time

Location:

  • Oxford

Cost:

  • £29,183

About the programme

Are you ready to lead with certainty in the ‘Age of Uncertainty’?

It’s clear that the ‘Age of Uncertainty’ is upon us, bringing with it market turbulence, stunted growth and political change. In unprecedented times, leaders bear the burden of balancing the scales, from the needs of the employer versus those of employees, to prioritising agility and innovation along with structure and strategy. The best leaders are the ones who master this balance, calmly addressing complex challenges with confidence and clarity. 

The Oxford Executive Diploma in Organisational Leadership creates meaningful connections between experienced leaders, enabling them to share best practices, experiences and develop practical professional tools to effectively navigate change, lead with purpose, and strategically respond to future challenges.

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

  1. Leadership Fundamentals
  2. The Strategic Mindset
  3. The Strategic Leader
  4. Building Resilience as a Leader

Upon successful completion, you will graduate from the programme with a deeper understanding of your executive influence, the practical tools to develop as a senior leader and to respond effectively to unprecedented business scenarios, and the advanced capabilities required for the most challenging leadership roles.

This rigorous academic programme offers a unique focus on the twin topics of leadership and the organisational landscape in which leaders work.

Sue Dopson

Academic Director and Professor of Organisational Behaviour

You and your class

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You and your peers will be experienced professionals, specialists and C-suite executives, who are looking to: 

  • Learn from other seasoned leaders, developing the tools and personal leadership style needed to accelerate their careers 
  • Broaden their perspective and advance their knowledge of effective leadership practices to lead effectively 
  • Sharpen their strategic leadership approach to navigate unprecedented business challenges 
  • Connect with other executives to expand their global network and formalise their leadership capabilities, ready to pivot into a new industry 
  • Develop a strategic approach to successfully lead, develop and scale their ventures

Class profile

Study alongside a diverse range of executive peers from around the world, sharing experiences and gaining fresh insights.

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Class size

41

Average age

21

Nationalities

18

Employment sectors

47%

Female students

16

Average years of work experience

I truly believe that this has been the most transformative development experience that I have had as a leader so far. Speaking to like-minded peers helped me to open myself up and to connect with my sense of self and purpose on a deeper level.

Jan Baan

Chief Executive Officer, Omoda, Netherlands

Benefits

Build your case

To you

  • Accredited, master’s-level University of Oxford qualification  
  • Meaningful connections with experienced global leaders 
  • Sharpened approach through leader-to-leader learning 
  • Study part-time and immediately apply your learnings 
  • Learn from world-leading faculty 
  • Expand your global professional network 
  • Access latest research and insights
  • Become a resilient leader 
  • 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) 

Oxford experience

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You will benefit from a variety of unique Oxford experiences.

Including: 

  • Dinners with your cohort at historic Oxford colleges 
  • An Oxford Union-style debate 
  • Executive insights sessions to enrich your learning - new for 2023
  • Executive impact workshops to help you elevate your presence - new for 2023 
  • 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 
  • Traditional Oxford end-of-course celebration event with family and friends 

News from the classroom

For the latest insights and views from the classroom, why not read our class blogs – written first-hand by students and alumni.

Meet the faculty

Our outstanding teaching team brings access to cutting-edge research, a wealth of industry experience and the ability to present complex concepts and lead high-level executive debate.

I feel incredibly optimistic about the future – not only because of what I have learned and gained from the course, but also because of the networks and opportunities it has given me. It is a real door opener.

Katie Bradford

Operations Consultant for media and non-profit organisations, UK

A pathway to Oxford's Executive MBA

A route towards the Oxford Executive MBA.

Whilst the Diploma in Organisational Leadership 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 assessment exemptions across four modules, as well as a fee reduction. 

How to apply

More information

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

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

We welcome enquiries from potential applicants and would be very happy to discuss the programme with you in more detail.

Scholarships and funding

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We are pleased to offer three £10,000 scholarship awards in each class: two Director’s Awards and one Scholarship for Women.

Director’s Awards are open to all candidates who can effectively demonstrate how they will enhance the learning of their peers through the diverse experiences they have accumulated to date, while the Scholarship for Women supports exceptional female candidates.

Fees

£29,183

The programme 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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