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Programme Overview

This unique part-time, fully-accredited diploma programme is designed for experienced coaches looking to take their coaching to the next level. It focuses on the psychological dimension of coaching, developing participants ’ability to “raise coachee’s awareness of their ingrained patterns of behaviour”, the most important quality required of coaches by sponsors in large organisations (Ridler Report 2013).

A key feature is the focus on personal development, rooted in the firm belief that it is vital for participants to have personal experience of challenging their own ingrained patterns of behaviour as a basis for working effectively with clients.

The combination of theory, practice, personal and professional development transforms participants’ ability to work more deeply and effectively with their clients.

To ensure participants get the most out of the programme, you must be a practising coach, with a minimum of 2-3 clients (paying/pro bono) who you meet on a monthly basis.


Key Details

6th March 2024

Next Intake

€ 9,590 & €9,110* (*UCD Business Alumni)


10 Months


2 Days x 6 Workshops


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

Module Module Title Module Dates
Workshop 1 The Person Centred Approach

Wednesday & Thursday March 6th & 7th 2024

Workshop 2 Psychodynamic Approaches

Tuesday & Wednesday April 23rd & 24th 2024

Workshop 3 Gestalt Approaches

Wednesday & Thursday June 19th & 20th 2024

Workshop 4 Transactional Analysis

Wednesday & Thursday September 11th & 12th 2024

Workshop 5 System and Field

Wednesday & Thursday November 6th & 7th 2024

Workshop 6 Existential Approaches

Wednesday & Thursday December 11th & 12th 2024

Smurfit Executive Development ranked 35th globally in latest 2023 Financial Times Rankings

UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been ranked 35th in the world in the 2023 Financial Times Executive Education Open Enrolment rankings. We are ranked 1st in Ireland and 21st in Europe with an increased overall participant satisfaction rating at 9.33/10.

The only Irish business school ranked in the Open Enrolment rankings, Smurfit Executive Development is globally ranked 25th place for New Skills and Learning, 28th place for Aims Achieved and 28th place for International Location which highlights the extent to which programmes are run off-site and outside the school’s base country and region bringing diversity of thought to the learning environment.

In addition, UCD Smurfit Executive Development ranked 34th for Teaching Methods and Materials, 35th for Course Design and 37th for Faculty. Find out more here.

MSc Business & Executive Coaching - Pathway

The Diploma in Advanced Business & Executive Coaching forms part of the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching Pathway. If participants successfully complete two of the following three coaching programmes:

• Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Advanced Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Team Coaching (30 ECTS)

PLUS any one of the following programmes:

• Diploma in Organisational Change & Transformation (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Leadership Development (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Advanced Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Team Coaching (30 ECTS) within an ideal 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching.

Our portfolio of pathway diplomas build on your existing skill set and add relevant value to your business needs. From coaching to team coaching, our diplomas deepen your understanding of contemporary business issues and will help you become a stronger leader capable of dealing 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 like no other.


A key feature of the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching pathway is its flexible timeframe, enabling you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the individual diplomas takes approximately 10-12 months to complete, we advise participants of a 5-year window within which to ideally complete all three steps and be awarded the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching.


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