MSc in Business Video Overview with Helen Brophy

In this video, Helen Brophy, Director of UCD Smurfit Executive Development, gives an overview of a new and unique offering, the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice). On completion of three out of a select framework of diploma programmes, participants will be awarded a Master's Qualification.


mSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice)

The MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) is based around a framework of eleven designated diploma programmes. By completing any three of these eleven diplomas within a specified timeframe, you will earn 90 credits (the national standard for a Masters Qualification) and will be conferred with the qualification of MSc Business (Leadership & Management Practice) accredited and awarded by UCD at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

To learn more about our MSc pathway and for information on our MSc-linked diploma programmes contact a member of our team on +353 1 716 8889 or email



A key feature of the MSc pathway is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the MSc-linked diplomas takes approximately 10-12 months to complete, we encourage you to take a 5-year window within which to complete all three steps and be awarded the MSc Business (Leadership & Management Practice).


Step 1: Successfully complete any one of our eleven designated diploma programmes
Step 2: Successfully complete a second diploma
Step 3: Successfully complete a third and final diploma


Our portfolio of pathway diplomas build on your existing skill set and add relevant value to your business needs. From corporate governance to leadership development, our diplomas deepen your understanding of contemporary business issues and will help you become a stronger leader who can deal with complex issues in rapidly changing environments. Our unique learning method, immersive environment and world-class faculty all come together to deliver a learning experience unlike any other.

Diploma Structure
The majority of our diploma programmes are delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 10-12 month period. Workshops are typically held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. 100% attendance is required.

Assessments and Workload
The majority of our diploma programmes are assessed on a module by module basis through a variety of practical assignments. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the practical application of knowledge to benefit the participant, their team and their organisation.

Participants should hold a primary degree or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but their depth of industry and organisational experience qualifies them as suitable participants. A telephone or personal interview with the Programme Director may form part of the admission process to help determine whether the programme is the most appropriate for the applicant.


Current diploma programmes in the pathway include:

Professional Diploma in Leadership Development
Professional Diploma in Advanced Management Performance
Professional Diploma in Strategy, Development and Innovation
Professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Food Industry)
Professional Diploma in Organisational Change & Transformation
Professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Biotech & Pharma Industry)
Professional Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching
Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance
Professional Diploma in Corporate Finance (Details to be announced shortly)
Professional Diploma in Business Finance
Professional Diploma in High Performance Sales and Business Development

To learn more about our MSc pathway and for information on our MSc-linked diploma programmes contact a member of our team on +353 1 716 8889 or email