Oxford Executive Diploma in Organisational Leadership

Elevating your impact as a resilient, strategic leader

Start date:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £29,183

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 five days, over one year.


  • Leadership fundamentals (1 - 4 February 2023)
  • The strategic mindset (29 March - 1 April 2023)
  • The strategic leader (21 - 24 June 2023)
  • Building resilience as a leader (11 - 14 October 2023)

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.

Class profile

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


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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

Upcoming events


Executive Diplomas and Masters Coffee & Conversations in London

Meet with us over coffee for an informal conversation about our diploma programmes.

  • Thursday 6 October | 9:00-17:00


Oxford Executive Diplomas: Virtual Open Event

Your chance to explore the game-changing benefits of studying an Oxford Executive Diploma.

  • Thursday 13 October | 14:00-15:00

Oxford experience


We are an extraordinary, cutting-edge, global business school community, embedded at the heart of a world-class university.

Each diploma module will provide interaction and networking opportunities with classmates, faculty and industry guests, as well as the opportunity to try many unique Oxford experiences.

As a participant, you will enjoy programme dinners with your class in historic Oxford colleges, along with social activities designed to embrace the rich traditions, cultural and intellectual flavours of the city.

Graduates of the diploma become lifelong members of the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network, connecting you to a network drawn from across the University of Oxford in your city and sector.

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 and funding


We are committed to supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion.

We offer one £10,000 Women's Scholarship in each class, this is designed to support the progression of talented women into senior roles.

We also offer two £10,000 Director's Awards, these are open to candidates who can effectively demonstrate how they will enhance the learning experience of the cohort through the diverse experiences they have accumulated to date.

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:

  • Lukas-Kajetan Gruber, Austrian Armed Forces
  • Therese Huston, Workshop Lead, Writer, and Consultant, Seattle University
  • Evelyn Tinajero, Founder, Zenmon Drops and Engagement & Workplace Culture Manager, Schneider Electric 
  • Muntaha BaniHani, Assistant Professor, Princess Sumaya University for Technology 
  • Audrey Orhon, Non Executive Director, Kibosh Ltd.



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 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.