Oxford Alternative Investment Management Programme

Course starts 25 March 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
17 March 2020
Course Starts:
25 March 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
Said Business School, University of Oxford


In recent years, the private equity industry has experienced unprecedented success, with a record amount of money raised, invested, and returned to investors.1

However, the potential rewards of private markets are predominantly accessible to experienced financial professionals who are familiar with the specific processes, terminology, and legal frameworks of the industry, as well as the benchmarks for evaluating funds and assets.

This Oxford Alternative Investment Management Programme will build on your existing financial industry experience to broaden your knowledge of this niche sector, enabling you to diversify your investment portfolio and the services you offer clients.

Gain access and insight into the world of private markets, and learn the necessary skills to capitalise on new opportunities.

1 Bain & Company (Feb, 2019).

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd in this online programme and be empowered to:

  • Operate confidently and knowledgeably within the growing sector of private market investments

  • Evaluate, acquire, and add value to private assets, and compile a pitchbook for potential investors

  • Negotiate a loan from a bank for the acquisition of a private asset, negotiate a limited partner agreement, and implement a private market strategy

  • Contextualise real-world events and analyse current reports to ascertain the returns from assets and funds

Course curriculum

Develop the skills to manage private market investments as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online programme:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The private market landscape
  • Module 2 Private asset acquisition and management
  • Module 3 Structuring investments: fees and limited partner investments
  • Module 4 Performance evaluation: risk and return
  • Module 5 Asset owners: role models in asset allocation
  • Module 6 The future of private markets

Discover the high rewards of private markets

This Oxford Saïd online short programme is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore how to integrate private market assets into your investment strategy.

Your Programme Director

The design of this online course is guided by Oxford Saïd faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.


Ludovic Phalippou

Ludovic Phalippou

Professor of Financial Economics, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Ludovic specialises in private market investments research with a focus on fee tracking, interest alignment, and return benchmarking. He was named as one of the “40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors Under 40 in the World” in 2014, and as one of the “20 Most Influential Individuals in Private Equity in Europe” in 2016. Ludovic is the author of the renowned book Private Equity Laid Bare.

Earn a certificate from Oxford Saïd

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn a certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd and use it to set yourself apart as a financial professional with the ability to navigate the alternative investments ecosystem.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 25 March 2020.

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    When paying for your programme, you can choose to pay the full amount, prior to programme start, or you can opt for a two-part payment plan option when you register.

    The two-part payment option requires one payment up front, followed by a second payment during your programme. 

    If you want to find out more about payment options or the programme itself, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.