Impact Lab


Our goal is to strengthen the Oxford MBA programming for students who are committed to impactful careers and leading systemic change.

Understand a high-level overview of the different ways to address complex social and environmental problems through your career, whilst building skills on the Impact Lab. It will give you an opportunity to connect with peers and learn from thought leaders.

Who is the programme for?

The Impact Lab is available to accepted and incoming Oxford MBA students at Saïd Business School.


The Impact Lab is a co-curricular pathway of carefully curated programmes and offerings that complements the Oxford MBA programme for those students who are committed to having impact-driven careers.

In its inaugural year, the Impact Lab will accept 30 MBA students onto the year-long programme.

The Impact Lab has several components:

  • Kick-off workshop
  • Impact Lab Modules 
  • Impact Investing Bootcamp
  • Access to mentors and networking opportunities. 
  • Personal leadership development
  • Plus more elements added in Hilary and Trinity term

Some selected components of the Impact Lab will be open to non-Lab MBA students and other postgraduates of the University, so if you don’t want to commit to every session, you may still be able to engage in Skoll Centre offerings without applying to the Impact Lab.

It is important to stress, that there is a significant time commitment to the Impact Lab. However the times do not conflict with any scheduled MBA courses or career development programmes (finance lab, consulting development programme), but the workload may be difficult to manage if you are also investing your time in other co-curricular offerings alongside the MBA programme.

How selective is the programme?

Because this programme accepts only 30 MBA students, it’s quite selective and much smaller than the Finance Lab or the Consulting Development Programme. This is intentional: the level of the programme is intended to be broad enough to give an overview of the space but deep enough to confer valuable skills; as such, those with too much experience or too little commitment may not find it appropriate.

What do we expect of you?

We expect you to be fully prepared and engaged with all aspects of the Impact Lab. Beyond participating in the programme, we also expect you to formally share what you have learned with other members of your class.