Oxford Executive Diploma in Strategy and Innovation

Developing innovative strategies to make a dynamic impact

Start dates:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £29,183

About the programme

Enhance your strategic decision-making skills and learn how to harness innovation to deliver business success.

On this part-time postgraduate diploma for experienced professionals, you will develop your abilities in strategic thinking and execution, entrepreneurship, and innovation in a global environment.

This lively, interactive diploma provides the academic rigour of a specialised Oxford masters-level qualification in a format designed to suit busy executives. The programme consists of four modules, over one year.

2023 module dates:

  • Strategy (8 - 11 February and 8 - 11 March)
  • Innovation strategy (3 - 6 May and 31 May - 3 June)
  • Globalisation and strategy (26 - 29 July and 13 - 16 September)
  • Strategy in action (18 - 21 October and 15 - 18 November)

The module dates shown are for stream one and stream two, these dates are not interchangeable, therefore you will need to attend either all the earlier dates or all the later module dates throughout the programme.

On completion of the four modules and related assessments, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to fulfil senior international responsibilities and drive organisational success.

Class profile (2020-22)

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


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The challenges facing my firm are those covered by the programme. How should strategy adapt? How should our business models flex? How do we make change stick? How do we do it in a globally complex organisation?

David Halliwell

Pinsent Masons

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 insights, knowledge and skills
  • Build your professional networks with fellow business leaders from across the world
  • Boost your confidence and credibility at board-level

Benefits to your organisation

  • Develop leaders with enhanced strategic decision-making and an international mindset
  • Gain practical solutions to address the complexities of strategy and innovation
  • Retain and develop top achievers and high-potential employees
  • Tap into game-changing research

Meet the faculty

Meet the faculty

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.

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 Strategy and Innovation 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.

By the end of my journey at Oxford's Saïd Business School I had achieved exactly what I aimed for; unmatched practical and academic knowledge and a unique network of highly professional and smart people that inspired me.

Diala Thaher

Consultant, Managing Partner at Strategiah

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

Participants are likely to be middle or senior managers seeking to enhance their skills in the strategic arena and to operate successfully in today’s dynamic business environment.

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:

  • Pavel Polyakov, Director, Lean Coaching Europe Ltd. 
  • Shweta Honavar, Partner & Vice President- Transformation Services, Genpact
  • Ricky Singh, Senior Manager, Product, Barclaycard
  • Angela Marin Betancourt, Head Of Strategy, Biomandarino, Freelance and Strategy Mentor, InnBeta, Freelance 
  • Glenn McIsaac, Senior Account Executive, Gartner



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.