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PGDip in Financial Strategy

About the course

The Oxford Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Financial Strategy is an opportunity for you to accelerate your career to the most senior levels whilst gaining a University of Oxford qualification. Designed for experienced finance practitioners and managers, it provides its graduates with highly-developed financial acumen, strategy techniques and business knowledge.

Rigorous, selective and intellectually challenging, the part-time programme delivers the finance and strategy components from Oxford’s Executive MBA. It is taught in four modules of four days each allowing you to study alongside employment and complete the qualification in one year.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy offers:

  • the ability to apply expert analysis techniques in corporate and business strategy, investment appraisal, capital structure and corporate valuation;
  • access to top-level teaching from world-leading experts, drawing on Oxford University’s  strengths in finance and strategy;
  • membership of a unique network of peers and practitioners from around the globe;
  • a graduate-level qualification which builds on your existing professional development and experience; and
  • lifelong association with the university through the Business School, university networks and college membership - and a pathway to Oxford's Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy adopts an assessment regime that requires participants to take four courses and satisfy the examiners in the assessment associated with each core course. Assessment will be a combination of written examinations, and individual assignments.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2017-18

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

SBS PGDip in Financial Strategy entry requirements

Resources

The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art business schools in the world. Facilities include four horseshoe-style lecture theatres where most classes take place and a 300-seat lecture theatre opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 to cater for larger-scale lectures and events.

A key feature of the building is the provision of informal working areas. There are numerous open spaces throughout, including cloistered walkways and a large internal courtyard – all of which help to foster interaction between students, faculty and visitors.

The Sainsbury Library is Saϊd Business School’s own dedicated resource. This state-of-the-art facility is spacious and fully equipped with desk space, wireless and networked computers, printers and copiers. Experienced library staff are available for advice and can help you use advanced search tools to carry out research for course projects and theses.

Specialist research centres at the SBS mirror the knowledge-intensive end of a creative economy. They are helping particular sectors to wrestle with the challenges they face and to discover new directions through research. These centres include the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, amongst many others.

Funding

There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.

A number of Research Council awards are available each year from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Costs

Fees for entry in Hilary Term 2017

Fee status

Course fee

College fee

Total Course fees

Home/EU
(including Islands)
£22,500N/A£22,500
Overseas£22,500N/A£22,500

The fees shown above are the total fees for this course for entry in Hilary Term of the 2016-17 academic year and are inclusive of a £500 fee for college associate membership. College associate membership is optional and more details can be found in the Colleges information on this course page. Course fees are payable for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition fees).

Deposits

If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Fee status

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

Home/EU
(including Islands)
£3,375Approximately 30 days after an offer is made
Overseas£3,375

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about tuition fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details on the impact of the result of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union.

Fees for entry in Hilary Term 2018

Fee status

Tuition fee

College fee

Total Course fees

Home/EU
(including Islands)
£23,500N/A£23,500
Overseas£23,500N/A£23,500

The fees shown above are the total fees for this course for entry in Hilary Term of the 2017-18 academic year and are inclusive of a £500 fee for college associate membership. College associate membership is optional and more details can be found in the Colleges information on this course page. Course fees are payable for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition fees).

Deposits

If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Fee status

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

Home/EU
(including Islands)
£3,450Approximately 30 days after an offer is made
Overseas£3,450

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about tuition fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details on the impact of the result of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union.

Additional information

Please note that this course requires that you attend in Oxford for teaching, and you may incur additional travel and accommodation expenses for this. Further, as part of your course requirements, you may need to choose a dissertation, a project or a thesis topic. Depending on your choice of topic and the research required to complete it, you may incur additional expenses, such as travel expenses, research expenses, and field trips. You will need to meet these additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses.

Living costs

In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between £1,002 and £1,471 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our Living costs page. If you are studying part-time your living costs may vary depending on your personal circumstances but you must still ensure that you will have sufficient funding to meet these costs for the duration of your course.

Colleges

Associate membership of St Hugh’s College, is offered to all new students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy.

Founded in 1886, St Hugh's College is now one of the largest in Oxford. Associate membership of the college allows you to become involved in the wider University, and to expand your network in Oxford. Following the completion of the course, all associate members become alumni of St Hugh’s and are invited to reunions and gaudies.

Associate membership is optional and is subject to a fee. More information can be found in the Funding and Costs information on this page.

How to apply

Admission to the PGDip in Financial Strategy is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. To apply and for further details about the course, its requirement and deadline(s), please see the SBS webpage on how to apply for the PGDip in Financial Strategy.

Apply via SBS