Oxford Leading Strategic Projects Programme

Redefine success with a strategic approach

Start date:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,300

About the programme

Strategic project management is not getting any less complex. A solid and systematic approach is required to lead projects and achieve strategic objectives.

The dynamic nature of the modern business environment means traditional management metrics such as time, cost, and scope are no longer sufficient to gauge success. To create long-term sustainable value, businesses need to implement and manage projects that are aligned with organisational strategy.

Unique in its contemporary approach, the programme utilises the latest Oxford thinking around measures for success and performance review whilst also imparting practical principles that participants can immediately apply in their current (and future) workplace.

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.



  • The skills to implement and lead strategic projects through uncertainty, and tools to manage potential project risks and capitalise on opportunities
  • The ability to respond to complexities faced when dealing with people, power, and politics
  • A set of personalised leadership skills to help you guide teams to successful project delivery and achieve organisational objectives
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty
  • Membership to the official Oxford Saïd elumni community
  • Access to the official Oxford Executive Education Elumni group on LinkedIn

Programme curriculum

Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Strategic projects: understanding the complexities and risks

Reflect on the value of strategic project leadership and determine the complexities inherent in leading strategic projects.

Module 2

Reinterpreting success and performance in strategic projects

Re-evaluate the definition of success for strategic projects and the role of leadership in determining performance.

Module 3

Structural complexities: responding to the challenges of scale and pace

Learn about the complexities of scale and pace in strategic projects, and explore techniques to address these challenges effectively.

Module 4

Sociopolitical complexities: responding to the challenges of power, people and politics

Learn about the challenges faced when dealing with the various complexities of people, power, and politics in strategic projects.

Module 5

Emergent complexities: responding to the challenges of uncertainty and change

Learn about the complexities of uncertainty and change, and how to address these in strategic projects.

Module 6

Success by design

Developing principles and practices for leading strategic projects.


We see that the complexity of the work people are doing is increasing all the time. I'd really encourage people to take on a broader tool set, and look at how they can respond to the big challenges that are faced in delivery in strategic projects.

Harvey Maylor

Associate Professor in Management Practice

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Harvey Maylor and Alexander Budzier, Oxford Saïd faculty with extensive expertise in major project planning and delivery. They are joined by industry experts who will share personal insights to complement your learning. 

Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

The Oxford Leading Strategic Projects Programme distils the well-established expertise built up at Oxford Saïd over many years, which is currently present in the longer Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) and MSc in Major Programme Management programmes.  It provides the opportunity to share new, cutting-edge research and build a solid, strategic approach to project leadership.

A core focus of the learning is the application of theory and insights to practical examples. This is embodied in the programme through exposure to a diverse range of Oxford faculty, combined with leading industry practitioners. 

Participants on the programme will also benefit from models and tools developed by Oxford faculty, including:

  • The Complexity Assessment Tool (CAT)
  • The House of Success

Participant experiences

'All the lessons from the programme were directly and instantly applicable in my workplace setting.'

Shafii Ndanusa, Assistant Director of Human Capital & Administration at the Nigeria Communications Commission, shares how the programme's impact has earned him multiple professional commendations, refined his leadership skills and helped him look at challenges from new, more strategic viewpoints.

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s learning and development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.