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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

Tuesday 15th October 2024

Next Intake

€14,540 & €13,850 *(*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

Eileen Duggan & Colette Cahalane 

Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th October 2024 

Module 2: The Psychological Dimension of Business Coaching SBUS45870

Eileen Duggan & Colette Cahalane

Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th November 2024

Module 3: Creative Approaches to Business Coaching  SBUS45860

Eileen Duggan & Colette Cahalane

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th January 2025

Module 4: The Process of Change in Business Coaching SBUS45850

Eileen Duggan & Colette Cahalane

Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th February 2025

Module 5: Business Coaching and Leadership SBUS45840

Eileen Duggan & Colette Cahalane

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th April 2025 

Module 6: Business Coaching in Organisations SBUS45830

Eileen Duggan & Colette Cahalane

Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th June 2025 

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

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.

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