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Saïd Business School, University of Oxford - Oxford Executive Finance Program

6 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cape Town
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Program description

Oxford Executive Finance Program

Gain the essential corporate finance knowledge needed for strategic decision-making and delivering value at an executive level.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

The turbulent nature of the current business climate has highlighted the impact that social, technological, and governmental disruption can have on an organisation. Now, more than ever, you need a firm comprehension of finance in order to participate in financial decision-making and discussions, and deliver value to your company.

On the Oxford Executive Finance Program from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford you’ll gain the practical knowledge and skills to understand the finances of any organisation and how they make decisions. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll also explore corporate finance in terms of capital structure, taxation and bankruptcy, and investigate the trade-offs of funding through an analysis of debt versus equity and how this choice affects an investment project’s valuation.

Through analysing current industry debates and critical expert insights, you’ll discover the key topics that are changing practices in the fast-moving world of finance, such as corporate governance, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. By the end of the Program, you’ll be able to leverage finance as part of your executive toolkit to make more informed, strategic decisions and improve overall business performance.

Admission requirements

Is this Program for you?

This online Program is designed to empower non-financial business leaders, senior executives, managers, and business professionals with the financial proficiency to participate in key discussions and strategic decision-making at an executive level.

Those aspiring to move into a strategic decision-making role will develop an understanding of corporate finance and the financial implications of their decisions, learn to better manage resources, and discover how best to use and interpret financial information to drive their business forward.

This Program has no prerequisites, and participants are not required to have extensive finance experience or knowledge. On successful completion, you’ll earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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Program content

Program curriculum

Develop your financial knowledge as you work through the weekly modules of this online Program.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Valuation: Time value of money, net present value, and internal rate of return (IRR)

Module 2

Financial decision-making: Measuring risk, return, and the cost of capital

Module 3

Corporate finance: Raising capital effectively

Module 4

Exit strategies: Initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions (M&As)

Module 5

Corporate governance

Module 6

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors

Program delivery


  • 6 weeks
  • 7–10 hours per week - Self-paced learning online


About the certificate

Study corporate finance and earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the Program handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the Program.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the Program, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this Program, you’ll walk away with:

  1. A contemporary executive finance toolkit, enabling you to make more informed, strategic financial decisions.
  2. The ability to confidently engage in financial discussions and communicate your decisions to stakeholders.
  3. An overview of the topics that are changing financial practices such as corporate governance, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing.
  4. Insights into some of the critical decisions firms make based on research from leading academics, field experts, and business practitioners, as well as a global network of like-minded professionals.

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Deneb House, 368 Browning Road, Woodstock,
7925 Cape Town
South Africa

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