The Warwick Executive Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Change

Programme structure

The programme is delivered in four modules, each over four days at WBS London, so you don’t need to divert from your usual responsibilities at work. Upon successful completion you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Change from the University of Warwick.

The four Strategic Leadership & Change modules build and develop new leadership thinking and transform strategic understanding over one year, with new learning immediately utilised in your own organisation between modules as well as through your final individual project.

While all of your modules will be taught within a one-year period, submission of your final assessed project and subsequent grading by our academic team can mean that the awarding of your Warwick Executive Diploma may extend beyond one year.

Each module is taught over four days at The Shard.

Individual project

The final component of your Executive Diploma is the individual project. The project is completed and submitted after the four core modules, though you will begin developing ideas for your project from the outset, as it is intended to be an integrating focus for your learning across the whole Diploma.


You will be required to complete written assignments after each module, plus a further strategic project on completion of your module teaching. All assignments are designed to be directly related to your own organisational context and challenges. In order to gain the qualification of Postgraduate Diploma awarded by the University of Warwick, you will need to attend all four taught modules, and pass the assessment in each module and your project.

Developing Executive Leadership

Do you want to develop your understanding of leadership and gain tools to become an effective leader? In an ever-changing world that presents new challenges, such as the cost-of-living crisis, the pandemic and war, it is essential for leaders to be prepared and forward-thinking.

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The Strategic Mindset of Leadership

Strategic Leadership is future-focused. It requires leaders to have an appetite for paradoxes and problems that cannot yet be solved, and the need for organisations to be adaptable and innovative is essential. Does this sound like something your organisation has mastered, or could you help implement some progressive change to give your organisation the strategic edge?

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Leading an Agile and Resilient Organisation

Building an agile and resilient organisation enables you to overcome obstacles, by designing systems and processes that allow you to move quickly. In this module, you will explore why agility in organisations is essential for success in an increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain world. 

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Leading People Through Change and Disruption

To implement and adapt to change it is essential, for all the people and stakeholders within an organisation, to have a clear understanding and appreciation of the changes happening around them. In this module, you will explore the people side of organisational change and the implications for change leaders.

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Teaching methods

  • Peer networks and debate: Questioning, discussion and debate with a support network of peers as well as truly interactive relationships with teaching faculty
  • Bespoke distance learning platform: Inter-modular support from the my.wbs platform, which is used to deliver our Distance learning MBA
  • Guest speakers and practitioners: relevant and relate-able speakers from industry and practice will feature within each individual module
  • Personal development and action learning: Utilising reflective practice, psychometric tools and analysis as well as learning through doing.

Learning in London, the financial capital of the world 

Opened in June 2015 on the 17th floor of The Shard, WBS London houses a 100-seat lecture theatre and a smaller one at 80 seats, plus seminar rooms and space to network. In October 2017 we announced that WBS is expanding our London base to include the 13th floor, increasing our footprint at The Shard by 50 per cent.

The Shard is situated next to the London Bridge transport hub so getting to us from anywhere in London, the UK, and international locations, could not be easier.

This is a face-to-face programme, allowing you to benefit from meeting your fellow executives and our teaching team in person. However if circumstances prevent you from travelling, hybrid learning is an option. Please contact us to discuss this further.