Professional Course

Executive Finance Programme

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6 weeks
6 weeks
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Course description

Executive Finance Programme

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from University of Oxford

Gain a firm foundation in executive finance for strategic decision-making.

Training content

Over the duration of this online programme, you’ll work through the following modules:

Module 1 Valuation: Time value of money, net present value, and internal rate of return (IRR)

Learn how to calculate the value of a project.

Module 2 Financial decision-making: Measuring risk, return, and the cost of capital

Develop your understanding of financial decision-making strategies.

Module 3 Corporate finance: Raising capital effectively

Explore corporate finance in terms of capital structure, taxation, and bankruptcy.

Module 4 Exit strategies: Initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions (M&As)

Explore critical decisions companies make and whether value is gained through decisions.

Module 5 Corporate governance

Explore corporate governance issues in companies.

Module 6 Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors

Discover the components of ESG factors.

Course delivery details


  • 6 weeks entirely online, excluding orientation
  • Self-paced weekly modules, 7–10 hours per week

Certification / Credits

This Oxford Executive Finance Programme is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The programme has an estimated 60 hours of learning.

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

  • The ability to make informed, strategic decisions to drive your business forward with improved knowledge of executive finance.
  • Confidence to engage in discussions around a range of financial topics, and communicate your business decisions with both financial and non-financial stakeholders.
  • An understanding of the key topics that are changing financial practices such as corporate governance, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing.
  • Expert insight into exit strategies such as initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions (M&As), and the ability to ascertain whether value can be gained from them.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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