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Programme Overview

Designed for established and aspiring coaches, this programme will provide participants with the competencies to deliver coaching to senior leaders in organisations, contract appropriately with organisations, address questions of assessment and evaluation and work effectively with the psychological dimension of coaching. Through a process of practice and feedback from tutors, peers and supervisors, they will develop a range of coaching skills and an understanding of coaching cultures in organisations. 

Programme features include:

  • University award at postgraduate level - NFQ level 9;
  • Accredited by the  European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) at the ‘Senior Practitioner’ level;
  • Opportunity to apply for a fast track EMCC Individual Accreditation (EIA) 
  • Breadth and depth of theoretical input;
  • Intensive coach practice sessions;
  • 100 face-to-face training hours;
  • Requirement to build up coach practice hours between workshops;
  • Group supervision at workshops;
  • Demonstration sessions from course tutors;
  • Programme design reflects the three higher-level competency categories of business and executive coaching: business mindedness, coaching skill and psychological-mindedness.

Key Details

27th February 2024

Next Intake

€13,850 & €13,157*(*UCD Business Alumni)


12 Months


14 Days x 6 Workshops


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

Module Title

Module Faculty

Module Dates

Module 1: Getting Started in Business Coaching  SBUS45880

Pamela Fay & Eileen Duggan 

Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th February 2024

Module 2: The Psychological Dimension of Business Coaching SBUS45870

Pamela Fay & Eileen Duggan 

Tuesday 30th April, Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd May 2024

Module 3: Creative Approaches to Business Coaching  SBUS45860

Pamela Fay & Eileen Duggan 

Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th June 2024

Module 4: The Process of Change in Business Coaching SBUS45850

Pamela Fay & Eileen Duggan 

Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th September 2024

Module 5: Business Coaching and Leadership SBUS45840

Prof. Séamas Kelly (Day 1) / Pamela Fay & Eileen Duggan 

Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th October 2024

Module 6: Business Coaching in Organisations SBUS45830

Pamela Fay & Eileen Duggan

Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th December 2024

Please note - 100% attendance is required at all modules. Should you miss a module due to unexpected circumstances, there is no longer an option to take that module with another intake of the programme – visit for full details. Typical day runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Alumni Insights

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.

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