Oxford Executive Finance Programme

Gain a firm foundation in executive finance for strategic decision-making

Start dates:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,495

About the programme

To effectively drive a firm’s success, business leaders and executives across functions require sound financial fluency. 

An understanding of finance is essential for senior managers and executives looking to make strategic decisions, participate in financial discussions, and develop comprehensive insight into how an organisation operates.

The turbulent nature of the current business climate has highlighted the impact that social, technological, and governmental disruption can have on an organisation. Gain a firm comprehension of finance to participate in financial decision-making and discussions and deliver value to your company

This programme is designed to build your proficiency in finance at an executive level by demystifying the nuances of financial practice and providing you with an overview of how firms make strategic, finance-driven decisions.

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

Programme overview



  • A contemporary finance toolkit for executives, enabling you to make more informed, strategic financial decisions
  • The ability to confidently engage in financial discussions and communicate your decisions to stakeholders
  • An overview of the topics that are changing financial practices such as corporate governance, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing
  • Insights into some of the critical decisions firms make based on research from leading academics, field experts, and business practitioners, as well as a global network of like-minded professionals
  • Membership of the official Oxford Saïd elumni community
  • Access to the official Oxford Executive Education Elumni group on LinkedIn

Programme outline


Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Valuation: Time value of money, net present value and internal rate of return (IRR)


Modules 2

Financial decision-making: Measuring risk, return and the cost of capital.


Module 3

Corporate finance: Raising capital effectively.


Module 4

Exit strategies: Initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

Module 5

Corporate governance.


Module 6

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

Gain a broad perspective on critical contemporary issues. This programme will teach you important financial skills to manoeuvre in the boardroom and provide a fluency in the financial language that all leaders need.

Joel Shapiro

Programme Director & Professor of Financial Economics


The programme is led by Professor Joel Shapiro, an expert in the regulation and governance of financial institutions. His research areas include corporate governance, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, credit ratings, and executive compensation. 

Joel is joined by key faculty, subject matter experts, and practitioners at the forefront of the finance world, who will share their extensive knowledge to support your learning and development.





Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

The Finance group at Oxford Saïd draws on extensive knowledge across the School to conduct research and explore emerging trends. With particular expertise in financial intermediation, corporate governance, and corporate finance, the group plays a leading role in advocating global insights, bringing together academics, practitioners, and policymakers.

This programme is a practical way for leaders and senior executives to improve their fundamental financial knowledge while accessing the frontiers of finance research. In today’s fast-moving financial world, it accesses current insight from both executives and academics.

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s learning and development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.