Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation

Diploma in Strategy and Innovation classroom
Empowering leaders to take effective strategic decisions and innovate for competitive advantage

Start dates:


  • One year

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £26,000

About the programme

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

This lively, interactive programme consists of four modules, each lasting four days. Focusing on practical applications, you will develop your abilities in strategic thinking and execution, entrepreneurship, and innovation in a global environment.

Cohort 1 modules:

  • Strategy (5-8 February 2020)
  • Innovation strategy (13-16 May 2020)
  • Globalisation and strategy (15-18 July 2020)
  • Strategy in action (21-24 October 2020)

Cohort 2 modules:

  • Strategy (22-25 April 2020)
  • Innovation strategy (3-6 June 2020)
  • Globalisation and strategy (16-19 September 2020)
  • Strategy in action (18-21 November 2020)

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.

Meet us in Oxford

Saïd Business School

Join us at our upcoming Open Evening for the Oxford Executive Diplomas, held on Thursday 3 October here at Saïd Business School.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of diploma alumni and ask questions as they discuss their Oxford experience. The Q&A session will be followed by a tour of the School and a networking drinks reception.

An introduction to the programme

Bridge of Sighs

Find out more about the content and key benefits of studying for the diploma.

Class profile (2017-19)

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


Class size


Average age




Employment sectors


Female students

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

Oxford experience

College experience
Oxford experience

Attending Saïd Business School gives you the chance to gain exposure to the top ranks of the business world. Regular seminars, forums and guest lectures provide a steady stream of networking opportunities.

Diploma students in class one will become Associate Members of St Hugh’s College. Students in class two will become Associate Members of St Edmund Hall. Each module will provide networking opportunities with your classmates and teaching staff while simultaneously introducing you to different parts of the historic University of Oxford. 

After you have completed the programme, you will become a member of the Oxford Business Alumni network and have associate alumni status with your college.

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 for women

Female executives

The School is committed to increasing the economic participation and influence of women. As a result, there are three scholarships on this programme for outstanding female candidates: one for 50% of tuition fees and two for £5,000 fee reductions.

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.

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The programme fee covers tuition costs, course materials, essential reading texts, assessments, and associate college membership (for one year). 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.