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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.

This page describes the course that will run from January 2022. All information provided, including fees and additional costs, is specific to entry in the 2021-22 academic year. Information about the course that will run from January 2021 (the 2020-21 academic year) can be found in its Course Information Sheet (PDF). If it is still possible to apply for entry in the 2020-21 academic year, further information will be provided on the diplomas page on the school's website.

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 (Wednesday to Saturday), allowing you to study alongside employment and complete the qualification in one year. Each module (see further details) consists of approximately 24 hours of supported study. Students are advised that approximately 6-8 hours of self-directed study per week outside of the modules is required. 

The modules currently offered are:

  • Strategy
  • Business Finance
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Financial Strategies for Growth

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 alumni networks and associate college membership, as well as a pathway to Oxford's Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).

Please note that this course is paperless. This means that paper handouts will not be provided for most of your courses. All presentations will be uploaded to our virtual learning environment. For pedagogical reasons this may be in advance of, just before or immediately after teaching sessions. Handouts will be provided for certain courses based on specific requirements, eg unreliable internet availability or where handouts operate more like a textbook than slides.

Supervision

The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Saïd Business School and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.

Assessment

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 this course and your supervision

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. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic (including Covid-19), epidemic or local health emergency. In addition, in certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to course requirements for international study.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include illness, sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.

For further information please see our page on changes to courses and the provisions of the student contract regarding changes to courses.

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If you're thinking about applying for this course, you may also wish to consider the courses listed below. These courses may have been suggested due to their similarity with this course, or because they are offered by the same department or faculty.

Entry requirements

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 seven 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.

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

The University expects to be able to offer up to 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2021-22. You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. 

For further details about searching for funding as a graduate student visit our dedicated Funding pages, which contain information about how to apply for Oxford scholarships requiring an additional application, details of external funding, loan schemes and other funding sources. Please ensure that you visit individual college websites for details of college-specific funding opportunities using the links provided on our college pages.

Further information about funding opportunities for this course can be found on the school's website.

Costs

Total course fees for entry in January 2022

Fee status

Total Course fees

Home (UK, Republic of Ireland,
Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
£27,581
Overseas (including EU)£27,581

The fees shown above 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 cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.

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/ROI
(including Islands)
£4,212 30 days from the date on initial offer letter
Overseas £4,212

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

For more information about course fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our detailed fee status information and the Oxford and the EU webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Additional information

As part of your course requirements, you will need to choose a final project 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 to help you cover some of these expenses. Please note that this course requires that you are taught in Oxford, and you will need to incur travel and accommodation costs to attend the course if you do not live in the Oxford area.

Living costs

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

For the 2021-22 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,175 and £1,710 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. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2021-22, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 3% each year.

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.

College preference

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. Further details can be found within the Funding and Costs information on this page.

How to apply

Admission to this course is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. For further details about the course, its requirements, deadlines and how to apply, please see the course page on the Saïd Business School website (see How to Apply below).

How to Apply

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