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Financial Strategy, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 13 months
University rank #1 (WUR) ,
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 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.

Programme Structure

The modules currently offered are:

  • Strategy
  • 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).


Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 13 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or an upper-second class undergraduate degree or equivalent international qualifications. We will consider applicants who do not hold such a qualification but can demonstrate a particularly strong employment record and/or hold certain professional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26000 GBP per year and a duration of 13 months.
  • EU/EEA

    26000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26000 GBP per year and a duration of 13 months.
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Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Oxford Diploma in Financial Strategy Scholarship for Women

A scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding female candidate based on the breadth and depth of work experience as well as past academic/professional qualification performance. The aim of the Scholarship is to support female candidates of merit and to encourage an increase in women considering senior leadership roles.

Candidates who have submitted a completed application by Monday 24 November 2014 and receive an offer for the Diploma in Financial Strategy, class commencing in January 2015 will automatically be considered for this Scholarship. The scholarship is worth 50% of the programme fee. Early application is advisable.

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