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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

Spring 2025 - Dates to be confirmed.

Next Intake

€ 10,070 & €9,590* (*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

Spring 2025 TBC 

Workshop 2 Psychodynamic Approaches

Spring 2025 TBC

Workshop 3 Gestalt Approaches

Spring 2025 - TBC 

Workshop 4 Transactional Analysis Spring 2025 - TBC 
Workshop 5 System and Field

Spring 2025 - TBC 

Workshop 6 Existential Approaches

Spring 2025 - TBC 

FT Global Rankings confirm UCD as leading Irish provider of Executive Education

UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been ranked in the global top 50 and EU top 25 in both the Open Enrolment and Custom Executive Education in the 2024 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings continuing its place as Ireland’s leading provider of Executive Education. 

The School is ranked 33rd in the world in the Custom Executive Education Rankings. Within the ranking criteria, the School ranked an impressive 4th globally for Growth reflecting year-on-year revenue growth and repeat business and 27th for Programme Design which ensures flexibility of the curriculum and cutting-edge expert lecturers. Overall, Client Satisfaction is highest in Ireland and ranks 23rd globally.

In the Open Enrolment Ranking, Smurfit Executive Development ranked 46th globally and first in Ireland marking the 7th year in the global top 50. Among the criteria used to assess the categories, the School scored in the global top 50 in 12 out of 14 categories. Find out more here

The ranking demonstrates consistency at the highest standard in the delivery of world-class executive education programmes and places UCD Smurfit Executive Development with an elite group of business institutions that are among the most recognised in the world.

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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