About the course
This graduate diploma develops you as a leader who can navigate the complexities of 21st century business. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Organisational Leadership is designed for high achievers in significant management roles to question assumptions about management practice and build a deeper understanding of how to manage people and organisations for competitive advantage.
This page describes the course that will run from February 2023. All information provided, including fees and additional costs, is specific to entry in the 2022-23 academic year. Information about the course that will run from February 2022 (the 2021-22 academic year) can be found in its Course Information Sheet. If it is still possible to apply for entry in the 2021-22 academic year, further information will be provided on the diplomas page on the school's website.
Taught in four modules of four days each and completed in one year, the Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership combines the academic rigour expected of a University of Oxford graduate-level qualification with a practical approach to the study of strategic management, organisational development and design, and leadership. 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:
- Leadership Fundamentals
- The Strategic Mindset
- The Strategic Leader
- Building Resilience as a Leader.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership offers:
- a graduate-level qualification from the University of Oxford which builds on your existing professional development and experience
- a deeper understanding of how to manage people and organisations, and of your own approach to the complexities of strategic management
- opportunity to undertake a group coaching session followed by a one-to-one with an assigned member of our coaching community
- focus on the reality of leadership in hard times such as delivering the hard messages while maintaining motivation, and focusing on essentials
while watching out for other factors that could affect performance
- access to top-level teaching from world-leading experts, drawing on the University of Oxford’s strengths in leadership and organisational behaviour
- lifelong association with the university through the business school and university alumni networks, 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.
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.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership 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.
Other courses you may wish to consider
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.
All graduate courses offered by the Saïd Business School
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.
The University expects to be able to offer around 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2022-23. 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 December or 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.
Further information about funding opportunities for this course can be found on the school's website.
Total course fees for entry in February 2023
Total Course fees
Further details about fee status eligibility can be found on the fee status webpage.
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.
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
|£4,378||30 days from the date on initial offer letter|
The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.
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 2022-23 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,215 and £1,755 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 2022-23, 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.
Matriculation confers membership of the University on students. Students who enrol on this course will not be matriculated and will not become a member of an Oxford college. Although not formally members of the University, non-matriculated students are expected to observe the same rules and regulations as matriculated students. Further information about matriculation is available on the Oxford Students website.
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).