The Warwick Executive Diploma in Strategy & Innovation

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 Strategy & Innovation from the University of Warwick.

The four Strategy & Innovation 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.

Creating Strategic Advantage

Learn the core tools and frameworks needed for developing an effective strategy in your organisation. This module delivers a practical guide to strategy, both for those new to the subject but also an update for those with experience.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurship and innovation within your organisation helps to nurture the knowledge and creativity that can lead to product, process, service, or organisational change. In this module, you will develop the ability of your organisation to generate and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, to maintain relevance. 

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Strategic Choices

Strategic choices explore the executive-decision making within organisations to support their growth strategy. Many elements affect strategic decisions and the impact of those decisions. In this module, you will be able to understand what needs to be considered when making strategic decisions.

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Strategy Execution

Explore the challenges of implementing a strategy in an organisation, learn how to map out strategy implementation across an organisation, and look at the bigger context for understanding the change process. 

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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.