Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (Part-time)

Differences from 2015/16 to 2022/23

For candidates admitted after 1 October 2009; candidates admitted before this date will be examined according to the regulations in the Examination Regulations 2008

General Regulations

  • 1. The Executive Committee of the Saïïd Business School shall have the power to grant Postgraduate Diplomas in Strategy and Innovation to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the Committee may prescribe by regulation.

  • 2. The examination for the Postgraduate Diploma shall be under the supervision of the Executive Committee of the Saïïd Business School which shall have power, subject to the approval of the Social Sciences Divisional Board, to make regulations governing the examination.

  • 3. Candidates may be admitted as students for the Postgraduate Diploma under such conditions as the Committee shall prescribe, provided that before admission candidates shall have satisfied the Committee that they have appropriate educational experience acceptable to the Committee, have relevant professional experience, and are well equipped to enter the proposed course of study.

  • 4. Any person who has been accepted as a candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma, and who has satisfactorily pursued the course prescribed by the Committee, may be admitted to the examination.

  • 5.  If, for good cause, a student is temporarily unable to carry out their studies, the DiplomaProgramme Director(s) concerned may grant him or her a request for a temporary suspension of status, normally for not less than three and not more than twelve months at any one time.   Applications for suspension of status should be made to the DiplomaProgramme Director(s) concerned, c/o the relevant GraduateProgramme Studies AssistantManager; and will require additional approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.  No studentThe mayProgramme beDirector grantedshall grant no more than twelve months’ suspension of statussuspension in this way byto students following the Diplomatwelve Directormonth version of the programme, and no more than twenty-four months of suspension for students following the twenty-four month version of the programme.

Special Regulations

  • 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Strategy and Innovation for either for at least twelve months and not more than fourteentwenty-four months (open programme), or for at least twenty-four months and not more than twentyforty-sixeight months (closed company-specific programme). Candidates must complete:

    • (a) four courses, and satisfy the examiners in the assessment associated with each course. The four courses are:

      • (i) Strategy

      • (ii) Innovation Strategy

      • (iii) Globalisation and Strategy

      • (iv) Strategy in Action

      • Details can be found in the course handbook.
    • (b) Courses may(i) to (iii) will each be assessed by onea orcoursework moresubmission. Course (iv) will be assessed by a final integrative written assignment of the following: written examinations, individual assignments, and group assignments, subject to the constraint that at least 50 per cent of marks in any course must be assigned to individual work.

    • (c) A project report not exceeding 106,000 words on a topic agreed by the examiners. Three typewritten/word processed copies of the project reportAssignments must be submitted toonline, as set out in the Chairassessment section of Examiners for the Postgraduateprogramme Diplomalearning in Strategy and Innovation, c/o Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxfordplatform, not later than 12 noon on the date stipulated in the year in which the written examination is taken. The submission date, which will be published by the CourseProgramme Director beforeby the first Mondaymodule of the first term in which students commence the courseprogramme. All material submitted for the project report shall be accompanied by a statement signed by the candidate indicating that it is the candidate’s own work.

  • 2. Candidates admitted to the 12-month open programme cannot transfer between the two cohorts admitted each year, nor may they transfer to the 24-month programme. In exceptional circumstances, candidates on the 24-month closed company-specific programme may be permitted to transfer to the 12-month open programme.

  •  3. Candidates may be examined viva voce on one or more of the written examinations, assignments, and the project report.

  • 3. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 4. Candidates who fail anto examinationsatisfy the Examiners in the assessment of any of the components may beretake re-examinedor onresubmit notthe failed assessment once, no more than onetwelve occasionmonths whichafter shallthe normallyfinal be within one yearmeeting of theirthe initialBoard failureof Examiners, excluding any period of suspension.

  • 5. With the approval of the Programme Director, a candidate may substitute coreany of courses (i) to (iii) on the Postgraduate Diploma with core courses from the part-time MBA, the Postgraduate Diploma in AI for Business, the Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business, the Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership, the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy, or M.Sc. in Major Programme Management, assuming that core course falls within the permitted registration period for the original Postgraduate Diploma.