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Programme Overview

The economic uncertainties of today’s world make it imperative for non-financial managers to have a firm grasp of the financial consequences of business decisions. With volatility in financial markets and margins narrowing from highly competitive trading conditions, mid- to senior-level executives need to be aware of how investment and funding decisions can affect the value of an organisation.

Designed to equip participants with the necessary tools and knowledge to understand the financial consequences of business decisions, this diploma will enable non-financial managers to communicate effectively with those in senior accounting and finance positions ensuring that all of the organisation’s functions are better integrated, significantly boosting the firm’s overall value.

This diploma will provide participants with a renewed ability to integrate a financial approach into their business decision-making. In doing so, they will contribute to ensuring a sound financial basis for implementing all of their organisation’s strategic plans and decisions.

Key Details

25th November 2021

Next Intake

€7,945 & €7,547*

Fees

9 Months

Duration

6 X 2 Day Modules

Delivery

NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

The Smurfit Experience

Deborah

Meghen

Coillte

Tom

Ryan

Grant Thornton

Module Dates

Module Title

Faculty

Dates

Module 1: Understanding Financial Statements

Prof. Paul Ryan
Dr John McCallig  

Thurs 25th Nov 2021 (1 - 5pm)
Fri 26th & Sat 27th Nov 2021

Module 2: The Financing Landscape

Ken O'Sullivan and Professor Cal Muckley

Fri 7th & Sat 8th January 2022

Module 3: Revenue and Cost Analysis

Derek Moriarty

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th February 2022

Module 4: Key Financial Decisions

Mr. Cormac Lucey

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th March 2022 

Module 5: International Financing

Prof. John Cotter

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May 2022

Guest Speaker Event/Panel Discussion

Fireside chat with industry guest speakers

Date to be confirmed for June 2022

Module 6: Corporate Financing Issues

Jack Massey

Fri 9th & Sat 10th September 2022

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 www.smurfitschool.ie/executivedevelopment/contactus/faqs/ for full details.

Timing:  Thursdays/Fridays 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays 8.30am to 4.30pm.

MSc Pathway

This standalone diploma also forms part of the optional MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) Pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of 10 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, 27th in Europe and 42nd the world for its Open Enrolment programmes according to the prestigious 2020 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. In securing the 42nd place, it is the fourth consecutive year that Smurfit Executive Development has achieved a global top 50 ranking. 

This year is our first year participating in the Customised programmes ranking, and we are delighted to announce we placed 85th globally and 47th in the European top 50. By offering a world-class range of customised, diploma and open enrolment programmes, Smurfit Executive Development helps executives and their organisations create new opportunities to drive growth and create value. 

 

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