Sustainable Finance - ESG and the Future of Finance, Certificate | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
56 days
1500 GBP/full
1500 GBP/full
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Developed by academics from the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and Oxford Smith School, Sustainable Finance - ESG and the Future of Finance at the University of Oxford explores how sustainable finance strategies can be used to create solutions to environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges.

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This sustainable finance online programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to accelerate impactful and sustainable change. Throughout, you’ll develop a foundational understanding of how financial institutions, capital, equity and debt markets function, and learn about ESG and the future of finance.

It is grounded in the world-leading, multi-disciplinary research and teaching expertise of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. You’ll explore how the financial system can become “greener”, the ways in which changes can be implemented via innovative strategies and the financial opportunities and risks that may come from the transition to global environmental sustainability.

By the end of Sustainable Finance - ESG and the Future of Finance at University of Oxford , you will be able to:

  • understand the purpose of finance and the structure of the financial system;
  • navigate sustainable finance within a broad framework that considers the investment chain, asset classes and different finance professions;
  • analyse the role of public policy in motivating investment in sustainability, understand how sustainable finance is shaped by public policy and the motivations of policymakers internationally, and evaluate what has or has not worked to date;
  • assess how and why policies, regulations and supervisory expectations related to sustainable finance are evolving in different jurisdictions, and examine the opportunities this creates; and
  • analyse the challenges, risks and opportunities associated with seeking positive environmental and social impacts through finance and evaluate what kinds of impacts are likely or possible.

Upon successful completion, you will be equipped with tools and perspectives that will have immediate benefits to your career. You will also receive a certificate that will support your career progression and enhance your resume.

Programme Structure

You will study a new module each week, over the eight-week programme duration.

Modules include

  • Sustainable investing

  • Greening finance

  • Financing green

  • Critical assessment of practitioner case studies

  • Final assessment

Assessment tasks will vary but all modules give you the opportunity to test your knowledge, ensuring you’re on track with your learning targets. In your final assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of the various concepts considered during the programme and write a response to two questions.


The following academics have helped design the course content:

  • Dr Ben Caldecott – Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group
  • Dr Jacob Schumacher – Senior Research Associate in Sustainable Finance, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 56 days
    • 4 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Semi-structured
  • No Attendance
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This distance learning course is best suited to professionals working in the finance sector as well as fields in which they may interact with, or seek to influence, financial practice and investment.
  • This course does not have any specific entry requirements. However, a certain level of commitment will be expected – we recommend dedicating 3-5 hours a week to your studies. All activities and tasks will take place online, so please ensure you have a stable internet connection and suitable equipment to participate in group discussions.

Tuition Fee

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    1500 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 56 days.
  • National

    1500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 56 days.

£1500 (inclusive of VAT)*

*Discounts available to alumni and those working in the public sector. Evidence required


We believe that access to finance should never be a barrier to learning. Discounts on our online short courses are available to Oxford University alumni, those working in a public sector role and those living in certain geographical regions* (evidence is required).

It is also possible to pay your fees in two instalments. The first payment will be a deposit to reserve your space on the course and the second will settle your balance ahead of the course start date.

We also encourage employers to fund their employees on our online short courses. If your employer funds more than one employee, they can benefit from a corporate discount; the more employees they sponsor, the higher the discount they can receive.

*Eligible countries currently include Brazil, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and all African nations

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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