Oxford Executive Diploma in Organisational Leadership

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Developing leaders to shape organisations and navigate complexity

Start date:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £27,020

About the programme

Develop your skills as a leader to manage the complexities of 21st-century business.

The Diploma in Organisational Leadership is designed for strategic leaders who want to develop their organisations in a global, changing environment and understand culture, complexity and strategic decision making.

This lively, interactive, part-time 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, each lasting four days, over one year.


  • Leadership fundamentals (3–6 February 2021)
  • The strategic mindset (5–8 May 2021)
  • The strategic leader (28–31 July 2021)
  • Leading organisational change (27–30 October 2021)

On completion of the four modules and related assessments, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to compete for the most challenging management roles.

Introduction to the programme


Find out more about the content and key benefits of studying for the diploma.

Class profile (2020)

Study alongside other business leaders from across the world, sharing experiences and gaining fresh insights.


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Female students

The Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership was the best professional development I have ever done. I wanted to refresh my concepts of leadership as well as learn more about organisational design. The Oxford programme brought together these two interests in a way I had not found anywhere else.

Graham Stoop

Chief Executive, Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Meet us in Oxford

Saïd Business School

We hold one-to-one meetings and information events around the world, as well as an annual Open Evening here in Oxford. These sessions are a great opportunity to find out more about the Oxford Diplomas. 

Oxford experience

College experience
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Attending Saïd Business School gives you the chance to gain exposure to the top ranks of the business world. Regular seminars, forums and guest lectures provide a steady stream of networking opportunities.

You will become an associate member of Pembroke College and each module will provide networking opportunities with your classmates and teaching staff while simultaneously introducing you to different parts of the historic University of Oxford. 

After you have completed the programme, you will become a member of the Oxford Business Alumni network and have associate alumni status with Pembroke College.

To you

  • Complete a masters-level qualification alongside your current role
  • Gain international leadership insights and strategic management skills
  • Build your professional networks with fellow business leaders from across the world
  • Boost your confidence and credibility at board-level

To your organisation

  • Develop leaders who shape teams, and groups of teams, for organisational success
  • Gain practical solutions to lead organisational development and change programmes and navigate the complexities of strategy design
  • Retain and develop top achievers and high-potential employees
  • Tap into game-changing research

Meet the faculty

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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.

Scholarships for women


The School is committed to increasing the economic participation and influence of women. As a result, there are three scholarships on this programme for outstanding female candidates: one for 50% of tuition fees and two for £5,000 fee reductions

The diploma and the Executive MBA

The Diploma in Organisational Leadership 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 Executive MBA modules, as well as a fee reduction.

As a learning environment, the diploma has proven to be a very safe space for me to share leadership challenges with professionals from different industries, test conventional assumptions, and stretch thinking.

Melba Mwanje

Consultant, UK

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

Participants are likely to be working in a senior managerial role and want to develop themselves and 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:

  • Terry Prior, Industrial Relations Manager
  • Lorna Henderson, Clinical Research Manager



The programme fee covers tuition costs, course materials, essential reading texts, assessments, and associate college membership (for one year). 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.