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Programme Overview

Prospering in a challenging and fluctuating climate requires strategic vision and innovation. The Diploma in Advanced Management Performance is a powerful and transformational learning experience that explores best management practices and organisational strategies enabling participants to make the most of their potential.

The programme incorporates the key skills of strategic thinking, marketing insight, financial acumen, balanced decision-making and personal impact. In addition to providing an in-depth insight into the drivers of business success through exposure to concepts and techniques across a broad range of management disciplines, the programme integrates a wide range of real-world examples through case studies, discussion, reading and reflection.

The combination of theory and real-world application with an immersive learning experience makes this a very practically-oriented programme. Participants will return to their organisation with the necessary analytical skills and strategic toolkit for improving short-term and long-term performance


Key Details

10th October 2019

Next Intake

€7,945 & €7,547*


12 Months


6 x 2 Days (Friday & Sat)


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates




Module 1

10th October 2019 (Thurs 2-5pm)
11th & 12th October 2019 (Fri & Sat)

Marketing Strategy for Profitable Growth in The Digital Era

Module 2

29th & 30th November 19 (Fri & Sat)

Competitive Advantage through Operations and Supply Chain

Module 3

10th & 11th January 2020 (Fri & Sat)

Decision Making for Strategic Execution

Module 4

Thurs 27th February (2-5pm)

28th & 29th February 2020 (Fri & Sat)

Site Visit

Project Management for Executives 

Module 5

3rd & 4th April 2020 (Fri & Sat)

Improving Business Profitability

Module 6

15th & 16th May 2020 (Fri & Sat)

Personal Impact and Presence



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The Smurfit Experience






Dancor Civil Engineering Limited



Houses of the Oireachtas Commission

MSc Pathway

This standalone diploma also forms part of the optional MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) Pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of ten diploma programmes. If participants successfully complete any three of these ten diplomas within a recommended 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice).

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 teaching method, immersive learning environment and world-class faculty combine to produce an educational experience like no other.

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. The majority of our diploma programmes are assessed on a module-by-module basis through a variety of practical assignments. There are no examinations (excluding the Diploma in Corporate Governance).

Top 50 Global Ranking

UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been ranked 1st in Ireland, 24th in Europe and 43rd in the world for its Open Enrolment programmes according to the prestigious 2019 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. In securing the 43rd place, it is the third consecutive year that Smurfit Executive Development has achieved a global top 50 ranking, rising five places from the 2018 ranking of 48th. By securing a top 25 ranking amongst European peers, UCD Smurfit Executive Development is one of only 10 business schools in the UK and Ireland to feature in the ranking.

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