Oxford Scenarios Programme

Are you considering all the plausible futures for your strategy?

Start dates:


  • 5 weeks, 2 half-days per week

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Live virtual


  • £5,250

About the programme

In an uncertain world scenario planning equips you with the skills and tools to deal effectively with potential opportunities, threats and challenges.

On this programme, you will learn how to develop robust strategies in the face of numerous plausible futures.

You will cover a broad range of themes, including:

  • What can we influence in the context of our organisation and what will most influence success in the future?
  • What is the relationship between strategic planning and scenarios?
  • How do I design a fit-for-purpose scenario intervention?
  • How do scenarios and forecasting relate to each other?
  • Who does what in scenario practice?

Unique to the programme is the live client case study. You will work on a strategic issue as part of a group for a real world client. Through this work you gain hands-on experience and put your theoretical learning into practice, receiving real-time feedback.

Scenario Planning and COVID-19

A collection of resources on the Oxford Scenario Planning Approach (OSPA) in regards to COVID-19.


Amphitheatre framed by graphical elements

How could you plan for the plausible futures? 


To you

  • Understand complex scenario theories, methodologies, approaches and interventions
  • Identify how to deploy effective scenarios and learn why scenarios can fail
  • Opportunity for individual growth and reflection, and to question assumptions

To your business

  • Empowered scenario planners able to creatively drive strategic thinking and practice
  • Able to make key decisions in the context of turbulence, uncertainty, novelty and ambiguity (TUNA)
  • Knowledge of where scenario planning fits in the organisation and its relation to other processes

Award-winning methodology

The programme's teaching methodologies won the British Academy of Management Education Practice Award in 2017.

Meet the faculty

Our faculty are internationally recognised as world leaders in scenario planning and strategy, who teach and conduct research around the globe.

Alumni stories

Scenarios at work is a series of in-depth alumni stories, focusing on the programme's impact for past participants and their organisations.

This programme was a carefully considered investment...we make back many times the cost every month on successful scenarios I have built for clients.

Ian Mann

Partner, Gateways Management Consulting, South Africa


Useful resources to help you find out more about scenario planning.


Participant insights

Who can apply?

group of executives discussing work

This programme is for individuals and teams with responsibility for strategy, planning or leadership.

Participants attend from business, government, NGOs, academia, professional bodies, and inter-governmental organisations.

Programme community

Join a diverse community of scenario planners whose different perspectives will enrich your learning during the programme and beyond.


Participants per session


Alumni (and counting)


Programme established


Broad sectors

Joining the programme

How to apply

You can apply in one of two ways:


Next programme dates:

  • 20 April – 20 May 2021 (virtual delivery)
    Programme full / Waiting list: Please get in touch: Adila.Samavati@sbs.ox.ac.uk+44 (0)7704387326

    Sessions take place at 12:00-15:20 (BST) on:
    April 20, 22, 27, 29
    May 4, 5, 11, 13, 18, 20


  • 27 September – 27 October 2021 (virtual delivery)
    Applications open
    Session dates to be announced soon.



  • Virtual delivery: £5,250
  • On campus:  £6,000 plus accommodation 

Programme fee for on campus programme includes all tuition, education materials, coffee breaks and most meals.

Accommodation at Egrove Park: £750.

Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

Further benefits for organisations are available when three or more participants attend one of our executive programmes within 12 months.

Visa requirements

Applicable for on campus delivery


Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

Terms & conditions

FT rankings 2020

Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.