Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (Part-time)

Differences from 2014/15 to 2023/24

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 ExecutiveDiploma Course 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 Diplomacourse shall be under the supervision of the ExecutiveDiploma Course 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, they may apply for a suspension, normally for not less than twelve months.

Special Regulations

  • 1. Candidates must follow a part-time course of instruction in Strategy and Innovation. eitherThe forcourse atlength leastis twelve months and not more than fourteen months, or for atthe leastopen programme and twenty-four months andfor notthe moreclosed thancompany-specific twenty-six monthsprogramme.

    2. Candidates must complete the following four courses:

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

      • Strategy

      • (ii) Innovation Strategy

      • (iii) Globalisation and Strategy

      • (iv) Strategy in Action

    • (b)3. Courses may(i) to (iii) will each be assessed by onea orcoursework moresubmission. Course (iv) will be assessed by a final integrative coursework submission of 6,000 words.

    • 4. All coursework submissions must be submitted using the University-approved online submission system. Details are available on the programme learning platform. 
    • 5. Candidates may be requested to attend an oral examination on any 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 workassessments.

    • (c) a project report not exceeding 10,000 words on a topic agreed by the examiners. Three typewritten/word processed copies of the project report must be submitted to the Chair of Examiners for the Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, c/o Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, not later than 12 noon on the date stipulated in the year in which the written examination is taken. The submission date will be published by the Course Director before the first Monday of the first term in which students commence the course. 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.

  • 26. 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 an examinationassessment must 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.

  • 7. Candidates admitted to the twelve-month open programme cannot transfer between the two cohorts admitted each year, nor may they transfer to the twenty-four-month closed, company-specific programme. In exceptional circumstances, candidates on the twenty-four-month closed, company-specific programme may be permitted to transfer to the twelve-month open programme. 
  • 58. 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.