Oxford Executive Diploma in Strategy and Innovation

Developing innovative strategies to make a dynamic impact

Start date:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £30,890

About the programme

Are you ready to create and deliver maximum value for your stakeholders?

In today’s uncertain world, strategies must be agile. The days of 5–10-year plans are over. Innovation equally isn’t static. Continuous ‘creative problem-solving’ propels organisations forward. Those who don’t afford equal attention to strategic agility and innovation, risk stagnating, losing their value and competitive edge. After all, in the words of our programme participants, ‘strategy and innovation are all about applying a creative approach to an existing problem to achieve your vision, and how you plan to get there’, and yet this unique interdependency between the two is often overlooked. 

The Oxford Executive Diploma in Strategy and Innovation offers a unique focus on the relationship and interdependencies between these two concepts. This highly interactive programme is designed to equip experienced professionals with the practical tools to both effectively formulate and execute transformative strategies that drive growth, maximise value and make a dynamic impact in our rapidly changing world.

Built on the academic rigour of a specialised Oxford master’s-level qualification, this postgraduate diploma programme consists of four modules taught in person in Oxford over one year:

  1. Strategy
  2. Innovation strategy
  3. Globalisation and strategy
  4. Strategy in action

Upon successful completion of this diploma, you will have gained not only a complete set of professional strategic tools and a revitalised approach to innovation, but the advanced capability to select, tailor and develop your own frameworks to deliver an effective solution to future challenges.

New online stream

As part of our commitment to flexible and accessible learning, we are delighted to announce that we are developing a fully online stream of the Executive Diploma in Strategy and Innovation. Taught in a virtual, live teaching format, this online stream aims to enable leaders across the globe to access the benefits of an Oxford education.

The online-only version of the postgraduate Diploma Strategy and Innovation is subject to the approval of the University’s Education Committee. It is expected to be considered by the committee in late October 2023. This webpage will be updated once the committee has made its decision and all those with an application in progress will be contacted.

This diploma, in my opinion, is a world-class learning experience that teaches precise methods and approaches to resolve organisational challenges in a changing environment. If you want to move your company forward, this is the programme for you.

Sujatha Yaramsetti

Enterprise Architect, Digital Security, BP, United Kingdom

You and your class


You and your peers will be experienced professionals with strategy and innovation-related roles in private, public or not-for-profit sectors around the world who seek to: 

  • deepen their knowledge and develop an innovation mindset to advance their careers 
  • sharpen their strategic approach to successfully steer complex business growth initiatives
  • connect with other leaders to expand their global network and formalise their strategic capabilities, ready to pivot into a new industry 
  • operate across sectors, connecting with colleagues in other industries to learn from their experience and refresh their approach 
  • launch and scale their start-ups and ventures at pace 

Class profile (2021-23)

Exchange ideas and build a global network with other senior professionals across sectors and around the world.


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Build your case

To you

  • Gain a unique understanding of the relationship between strategy and innovation 
  • Develop an agile and innovative toolkit to respond to any future challenge
  • Expand your global professional network 
  • Learn from world-class faculty
  • Access the latest world-leading research and insights
  • Study part-time and immediately apply your learnings 
  • Gain an accredited, master’s-level University of Oxford qualification upon completion 
  • Become a resilient, strategic leader
  • Enjoy exclusive Oxford benefits

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) 

Looking back on what I have learnt through the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, if I had the tools that I have gained now when I started my role as Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, my approach would have been very different.

Yu-Ting Kuo

Former Corporate Vice President, Microsoft, United States

Oxford experience


As an Executive Diploma participant, you will benefit from a variety of unique Oxford experiences.

These include: 

  • Programme dinners with your cohort at historic Oxford colleges 
  • A class debate at the famous Oxford Union 
  • Executive Insights sessions to enrich your learning
  • Executive Impact workshops to help you elevate your presence
  • 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 
  • A traditional Oxford end-of-course celebration event with family and friends 

Student stories and news

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Discover what the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation is really like in the words of our students.

Meet the faculty

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The School's 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.

A pathway to Oxford's Executive MBA

A route towards the Oxford Executive MBA.

Whilst the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation 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 exemptions from four module assessments, as well as a fee reduction. Attendance will be required at all modules, regardless of assessment exemption.

How to apply

More information

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

This accredited innovation strategy diploma is designed for experienced executives, typically with an upper-second class undergraduate degree or equivalent at a minimum, 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


Our scholarship awards recognise exceptional talent across our diploma community.

In each class we offer:

  • two Director’s Awards
  • two Women’s Scholarships
  • one Rewley Award
  • three Oxford Alumni Scholarships.

Funded by the generosity of an Executive Diploma alumnus, we also offer one scholarship for an exceptional African female candidate across all our diploma programmes.



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.