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 modules currently offered are:
- Business Finance
- Financial Strategies for Growth
- Corporate Valuations
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).
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 2019-20
Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:
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.
There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course 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. Further information about scholarships and funding opportunities available through this academic department and for this course (if applicable) can be found on the department's website.
Further information on scholarships and funding opportunities specific to this course is also provided on the Saïd Business School's PGDip in Financial Strategy funding webpage.
Fees for entry in Hilary Term 2019
Total Course fees
|Home/EU (including Islands)||£26,000|
The fees shown above are the total course fees for entry in Hilary Term of the 2019-20 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 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. You may have seen separate figures in the past for tuition fees and college fees. We have now combined these into a single figure.
Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.
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.
Amount of deposit
Date by which deposit must be paid
|£3,735||Approximately 30 days after an offer is made|
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 dedicated webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.
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.
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 2019-20 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,058 and £1,643 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 2019-20, 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.
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 requirements and deadlines, please see the Saïd Business School webpage on how to apply for the PGDip in Financial Strategy.