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PGDip in Organisational Leadership (February 2019 entry)

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.

Taught in four modules of four days each and completed in 13 months 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. 

The modules currently offered are:

  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • The Strategic Mindset
  • The Strategic Leader
  • Leading Organisational Change.

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, 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 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 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 2018-19

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

SBS PGDip in Organisational Leadership entry requirements


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 Organisational Leadership funding webpage.


Fees for entry in Hilary Term 2019

Fee status

Tuition fee

College fee

Total Course fees

(including Islands)

The fees shown above are the total fees for this course for entry in Hilary Term of the 2018-19 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).


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

(including Islands)
£3,675Approximately 30 days after an offer is made

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 of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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

For the 2018-19 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,015 and £1,555 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.


Associate membership of Pembroke College is offered to all new students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership.

Pembroke College was founded in 1624. The college is located on an attractive historic site in the heart of Oxford, a short walk from the Saïd Business School and with excellent access to the Bodleian Library and other university libraries.

Associate membership of Pembroke 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 Pembroke College 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 Organisational Leadership 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 Organisational Leadership.

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