Oxford Private Markets Investments Programme

Learn the language and techniques of private markets

Start date:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,300

About the programme

Explore how to integrate private market assets into your investment strategy.

The Oxford Private Markets Investments Programme will build on your existing financial industry experience to broaden your knowledge of this niche sector, enabling you to diversify your investment portfolio and the services you offer clients.

Gain access and insight into the world of private equity and debt and learn the necessary skills to capitalise on new investment opportunities. Through this programme you will:

  • Operate confidently and knowledgeably within the evolving sector of private market investments
  • Evaluate, acquire, and add value to private assets, and compile an investment memorandum 
  • Negotiate a debt package with a bank or private credit fund, and navigate the various aspects of a leveraged buy-out (LBO) transaction
  • Understand the nuances of private equity fund management, and negotiate a limited partnership agreement
  • Contextualise real-world events and analyse current reports to ascertain the returns from assets and funds

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.

Introduction to the programme


The sharpest business minds are drawn to fields like private equity and private credit, and it is one of the most challenging and exciting areas in the financial world.

Ludovic Phalippou

Programme Director, Oxford Private Markets Investments Programme


  • The confidence and knowledge to operate within the evolving sector of private market investments
  • Insight into the world of private asset acquisition and management, and the strategic ability to capitalise on alternative investment opportunities
  • Exposure to a diverse group of world-leading industry experts from around the globe
  • Membership of the official Oxford Saïd elumni community
  • Access to the official Oxford Executive Education Elumni group on LinkedIn

Programme outline

Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus.

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

Module 1

Become fluent in the language of private markets

Module 2

Private asset acquisition and management

Module 3

Structuring investment vehicles

Module 4

Performance evaluation for private investments

Module 5

Asset owners: role models in asset allocation

Module 6

Megatrends and the future of private markets


You will be guided by a diverse group of over 40 prominent industry thought-leaders, who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge.

Professor Ludovic Phalippou is the Programme Director, and has many years of experience in private markets investments and asset management. He adopts an informal and provocative approach to teaching, while deeply tied to academic research and rigour.

Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

Through the programme, you will gain access to world-leading research to help you navigate the private market landscape, with insights into private equity valuation, fund structures, strategic asset management, and more. Research from Oxford Saïd faculty, and examples of industry case studies will form the platform for the teaching. 

Ludovic Phalippou’s textbook Private Equity Laid Bare covers the jargon and mechanics of private equity using simplified examples, real-life situations, and academic studies. The book, which features an Alice in Wonderland theme, will be adapted into a new version to fit the wider scope of this programme. Following Alice (an asset manager) in Wonderland (a new, exciting and complex land) and her faithful capital providers (asset owners Mad and Hatter), you’ll seamlessly become accustomed to the language, landscape and customs of private equity investment.

Private Markets Laid Bare - Podcasts

Ludovic Phalippou, Professor of Financial Economics hosting this series alongside a selection of industry experts.

This series will explore many areas of private equity, including: venture capital, management, and private debt in emerging markets and real estate.


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Prequin is a data, solutions and insights platform for alternative assets investment professionals. It is one of the data providers for this programme. 

Read the press release.

Visit the Prequin website.

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.