Oxford Women's Leadership Development Programme

Course starts 29 January 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
21 January 2020
Course Starts:
29 January 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
9–12 hours per week, self-paced learning online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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Women are rated more competent in essential leadership capabilities, such as professionalism, collaboration, and critical thinking.1 Numerous studies have shown that companies with women in leadership positions have greater financial gains, better average growth, and enhanced productivity.

Gain the opportunity to critically examine your own identity as a leader and recognise your leadership agency on this online programme. Based on the understanding of leadership as a reflective practice requiring continuous improvement, this programme is structured around three main themes: self-acceptance, self-management, and self-development. Join a community of female professionals from around the globe as you work to realise your potential as a future leader. You’ll explore the skills needed to lead, influence, negotiate, and navigate difficult scenarios in order to challenge the workplace gender biases faced by female leaders.

1 Inc (May, 2019).

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What will set you apart

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

  • A personal leadership development plan based on key themes of self-acceptance, self-management, and self-development

  • Tools and frameworks to help you navigate workplace challenges faced by women and improve your core leadership skills

  • A self-reflective understanding of your unique leadership style and strengths

  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty, and access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.

Is this course for you?

This online programme is aimed to better equip current leaders to navigate the many challenges and gender biases within the workplace, and develop the critical skills of aspiring leaders seeking to lead, influence, and mentor. Those preparing to transition into senior management or C-suite roles will be able to deepen their leadership knowledge by reflecting on crucible moments and your approaches to challenging situations.This programme will serve those aiming to overcome gender barriers in business, and grow both within their careers and organisation.

Course curriculum

Enhance your leadership strengths and style as you work through the weekly modules of this online programme.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Accepting yourself as a leader
  • Module 2 Understanding your context
  • Module 3 Negotiating as a leadership practice
  • Module 4 Becoming an influential leader
  • Module 5 Developing as a leader: What can help you?
  • Module 6 Imagining your future possibilities as a leader

Increase your impact as a woman in leadership

This Saïd Business School, University of Oxford online programme is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop your unique leadership approach.

Your Programme Convenors

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


Sue Dopson


Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Sue Dopson is deputy dean of Saïd Business School, and academic director of the Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership, Oxford Strategic Leadership programme and the Women Transforming Leadership programme. She is also a fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Sue is a noted specialist on the personal and organisational dimensions of leadership and transformational change, and her research centres on transformational change and knowledge exchange. Her current projects consider women’s leadership, changing career paths of health professionals and what leaders need help with and coaching on.

Kathryn Bishop


Associate Fellow
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford 

Kathryn Bishop is the programme director of the Women Transforming Leadership programme at Oxford Saïd. With over 30 years’ experience working with organisations undergoing major change, in both the public and the private sector, she also directs and teaches on leadership programmes for professional service firms and multinational corporations. Her background includes IT and HR and she has worked as a director, a project manager, a consultant and as a non-executive director. Kathryn was appointed as the first chairman of the Welsh Revenue Authority in April 2017.

Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Explore women’s leadership development and earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 29 January 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for 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.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    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.