Programme outline


The diploma combines the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical approach to resilient and strategic leadership.

Central to the design of the Oxford Executive Diplomas is the dual focus on the academic theory (and 'thinking') behind current organisational and global challenges, and the practical approaches ('doing') through which to successfully navigate them.  

Led by Professor Sue Dopson, the Oxford Executive Diploma in Organisational Leadership offers a unique focus on the twin topics of leadership and the organisational landscape over four core modules.


Leadership fundamentals

31 January-3 February 2024

  • Managing change
  • Motivation and incentives
  • Groups and teams
  • Culture
  • Managing with power
  • Personality and leadership coaching

The strategic mindset

24-27 April 2024

  • Goals and strategies
  • Competitive advantage
  • Industry analysis
  • Strategy and change
  • Diversification
  • Global strategy
  • Managing the multibusiness enterprise

The strategic leader

17-20 July 2024

  • Leading through networks and relationships
  • Leadership as a psychological construct
  • Charisma and influence
  • Leadership, legitimacy and reputation
  • Individual and organisational decision making

Building resilience as a leader

9-12 October 2024

  • Creating high-quality connections
  • Managing toxic relationships at work
  • Building individual resilience
  • Capacities and capabilities for organisational resilience
  • Developing a generative approach to leadership


Diploma in Organisational Leadership graduation

Modules one, two and three are assessed by either submissions, examinations or a combination of these. Module four is assessed by an extended Final Integrative Assignment (FIA) related to your organisation or industry.

Participants must pass all four modules to be awarded the diploma certificate (an accredited EQF Level 7 qualification) at a traditional University of Oxford end of course ceremony.


Study commitments


Previous participants have estimated that the study commitment in-between modules is approximately six to eight hours per week for the duration of the diploma programme. This time is spent completing the allocated pre-reading prior to each module and preparing for the four assessments.