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Programme Overview

With Corporate Governance issues becoming increasingly important across all areas of business, this diploma will impart the technical knowledge necessary to support the varied tasks required of senior executives in governance roles and current and prospective company directors.

This programme offers an in-depth exposure to all aspects of corporate governance, including the legal and regulatory framework relevant to company directors and board members and behavioural and psychological issues relevant to boards. The key strength of the programme is the peer-to-peer learning from the highly experienced participants in the Corporate Governance classes.

Key Details

September 2024

Next Intake

€16,740 & €15,940*


9 Months


2 x 12 Week Semesters


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

This is a part-time programme which takes place over one year in two x twelve-week semesters. 

Download the full list of dates here Diploma in Corporate Governance Schedule 2023




Monday 4th September 2023

Tuesday 30th November 2023

Autumn Trimester (6 courses)

Monday 8th January 2024

Tuesday 2nd April 2024 Spring Trimester (6 courses) 

The provisional date for Autumn Trimester examinations Paper 1 & 2 is Monday 11th December 2023.

The provisional date for Spring Trimester examinations Paper 3 & 4 is Tuesday 1st May 2024.

Lectures typically run Monday & Tuesdays 16.30 to 19.30


Alumni Testimonials

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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.

MSc Pathway

This standalone diploma also forms part of the optional MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) Pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of eleven diploma programmes. If participants successfully complete any three of these eleven 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 learning method, immersive environment and world-class faculty all come together to deliver a learning experience unlike any 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 other than our UCD Diploma in Corporate Governance.

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