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Oxford Leading Strategic Projects Programme

Go beyond traditional project management and redefine project success with a strategic approach.

Go beyond traditional project management and redefine project success with a strategic approach.

This programme is offered by , an edX partner
6 weeks
7–10 hours per week
Starts Feb 22, 2023
Enroll by Feb 14, 2023
Instructor-led on a course schedule
6 weeks
7–10 hours per week
Starts Feb 22, 2023
Enroll by Feb 14, 2023
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this Programme

Duration: 6 weeks (excluding orientation)

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, traditional approaches to project delivery have become insufficient. Digital transformation, business innovation, and new customer needs have made it vital for professionals to adapt their project strategies to allow for the complexity and uncertainty associated with constant change.

The Oxford Leading Strategic Projects Programme is unique in its contemporary approach, which equips you with both the leadership and strategic project management skills needed to facilitate successful project delivery. You’ll develop an understanding of the benefits associated with strategic project leadership, and gain the tools for redefining and achieving organisation-wide success within today's volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environments.

This programme is designed for professionals seeking to introduce strategic approaches and techniques for project leadership. It is relevant to anyone interested in creating a more sustainable environment for project success, and improving their ability to achieve organisation-wide objectives.

Whether you’re in a senior strategic position or working within a project environment, you will benefit from the skills and knowledge shared on this programme. Managers will improve the success of their projects by learning a more strategic approach, while business and operations professionals will understand how to effectively implement strategic projects they’re responsible for. Professionals will also improve their leadership skills to manage project teams and strategic initiatives more effectively.

GetSmarter is approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) as an Authorized Training Partner (ATP), a partnership that enables you to join the world’s largest project management network. This Oxford Leading Strategic Projects Programme will count for 21.5 PDUs in total, and the division of hours is as follows: Technical - 4.75, Leadership - 4.00, Strategic - 12.75.

PMI is responsible for setting project management standards and providing certification. By taking this programme, you’ll gain PMI-endorsed skills that are globally recognised. You can also use these learning hours towards furthering your professional project management development. See for more information.

Please note that GetSmarter and Oxford Saïd bear no responsibility for the reporting of these PDUs and/or hours to the PMI. The onus, therefore, falls on you to do so.

The PMI® Authorized Training Partner seal is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


This Oxford Leading Strategic Projects 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.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is on you. Oxford Saïd and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Programme curriculum

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Explore principles and practices for leading strategic projects as you work through the weekly modules of this online programme.

Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1: Strategic projects: Understanding complexities and risks

Module 2: Reinterpreting success and performance in strategic projects

Module 3: Structural complexities: Responding to the challenges of scale and pace

Module 4: Sociopolitical complexities: Responding to the challenges of power, people, and politics

Module 5: Emergent complexities: Responding to the challenges of uncertainty and change

Module 6: Success by design

About the certificate

Learn strategic project leadership and receive an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the programme handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the programme.

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

Some facts about the subject


The increase in the number of projects that fail outright in organisations that undervalue project management as a strategic tool for driving change.

PMI (2020).__


The percentage of organisations that report that their projects mostly or always deliver their full benefits.

Wellingtone (2021).__

Why choose GetSmarter?

This programme is provided by GetSmarter, an edX partner and an online learning expert with over 10 years' experience in developing high-quality online short courses from the world's leading universities.