Live Virtual Programmes

Our Faculty and our SED team hold invaluable expertise in delivering virtual programmes. Class sizes are limited to provide a rich and personal learning environment. You will engage in real-time interaction with faculty and peers online, immerse yourself in discussions and participate as close as possible to the in-person experience.

What our participants say

Cathy Gilmore

Cathy Gilmore

Cathy Gilmore Consulting

MSc in Business & Executive Coaching

A short note to thank you for your support through the final diploma on my masters journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed the process, and particularly and unexpectedly enjoyed the "virtual" classes in 2020/21. Having had the comparison of onsite and virtual, I would recommend that this blend could continue. Avril did an incredible job organising the sessions and the breakout rooms were flawlessly executed and made for meaningful and real learning connections. The lecturers delivered well and in a manner that suited zoom, which I feel enhanced my learning experience. Previously I have really enjoyed being on campus in Blackrock, I find the building, the classrooms, the corridors inspiring. I enjoy the class interactions, the connections with others on the course and off the course at coffee break, lunch and before class starts. I have enjoyed wonderful focus groups walking around the grounds, in particular on the coaching modules. I look forward to returning when things get back to the new normal!

Terry Spence

Terry Spence

Director, B2B Sales at One4all at BlackHawk Network

Diploma in Leadership Development

'I just wanted to say a personal, 'Thank You' from me and well done on what has been a very engaging and thought provoking past two days. The Zoom format really has been well received by everyone and a lot of people were pleasantly surprised at how effective it has been!'

Deirdre Carbery

Deirdre Carbery

Commissioned Officer in Permanent Defence Forces

Diploma in Strategy, Development and Innovation

'Now that the final assignment has been submitted and I have had time to reflect back on the module, I wanted to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Smurfit's ability to quickly adapt the module to the current situation and transition to a remote programme was particularly impressive. Even during a pandemic I didn't feel like I lost out on any of the learning and this is a testament to you and your colleagues. A special thanks for managing all aspects of the programme and for keeping us all regularly updated. The structure of the module fostered a great sense of team and I know that the creation of this collaborative, dynamic and respectful culture didn't happen by accident! I look forward to signing up for another Diploma (after a little break!).'

Danny Hughes

Danny Hughes

Group Chief Executive Officer, Fastway Couriers

Diploma in Business Finance

'I just wanted to say thank you for what has been a really enjoyable and valuable course. Last night was a really thoughtful way of capping off the year, and it was great to get a few more insights from those 'in-the-know'. It's been an incredible year in many ways and I think you and your team handled it brilliantly.'

Keith Moynes

Keith Moynes

Assistant Secretary General | Head of Access, Capital Investment, International Affairs and ESF at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Diploma in Strategy, Development & Innovation

'The Diploma in Strategy, Development and Innovation' was a great experience, both onsite at the Smurfit campus and online. The programme really developed my understanding of the different components of strategy, and equipped me with a range of practical tools which I have used back in my own organisation. It was also a great complement to the Diploma in Organisational Change and Transformation, which I'd also highly recommend. Audrey and the Smurfit team were fantastic to deal with throughout the course, and were at all times friendly, helpful and responsive.'

Jacintha O'Donohoe

Jacintha O'Donohoe

Global Marketing Manager, LSM Waste Equipment

Diploma in Strategy, Development & Innovation

'These last two days are going to change my life. They were fantastic, a really clear concise practical tool kit to develop a strategy. The template and advice from Prof. Karan Sonpar leaves me bursting with excitement about developing my strategy. I thought I was ready, but this module has given me the confidence to really set it in stone. Thank you all for making it so enjoyable, practical and true to real life. A great start to the MSc pathway!'

John McManus

John McManus

Build Director at SIRO

Diploma in Advanced Management Performance

'UCD Smurfit Executive Development has a lot going for it in terms of the quality of the lecturers, the diversity of the class, the networking, the facilities, catering, college setting, etc. Last, but by no means least, is the programme management and from my perspective, with an ambassador like Siobhan, whose actions differentiate UCD Smurfit on the customer service level, placing it in the 'great' as opposed to 'good'. I was looking forward to getting back to face to face lectures, but had some slight trepidation given my recent health intervention. I found everything really well organised in relation to Covid, which provides great peace of mind, whilst facilitating the face to face interaction which makes the lecture experience so good and its a great credit to everyone involved. Siobhan's attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile has left a lasting impression on me and I can't speak highly enough of Smurfit Executive Development's Masters pathway.

Mark McKeever

Mark McKeever

Director of Laboratory & Commercial Operations at Eurofins Biomnis Ireland

Diploma in Strategy, Development and Innovation

'Prof. Patrick Gibbons, Thank you so much for taking the time to write that personal note and your best wishes for a third diploma (which I will start this coming October). I can say, hand on heart, that my experience of all of the team in your charge has been simply first class. You and your team are a credit to the University and I’m immensely proud to be able to say I’m a graduate of UCD'.

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