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Programme Overview

The Diploma in Leadership Development helps participants to become better leaders. It is about understanding how they themselves contribute to their eventual success and that of their teams and organisations. Participants will develop insight into their current leadership style, actively shift any leadership obstacles and bring about a renewed sense of leadership empowerment and purpose. Built on strong theoretical principles that are brought to life and tested in participative module sessions, the programme is challenging and highly experiential. Participants are required to examine, share and learn from their own experiences, utilising and implementing fresh insight, tools and techniques.

Leading a team within an organisation is a prerequisite for this programme as some modules are focused solely on working with teams and therefore participants need to be able to fully participate in or contribute to the programme. Moreover, participants must be open to critically examining and building upon their own approach to lead. 

Key Details

Thursday 21st November 2024

Next Intake

€11,140 & €10,610*(*UCD Business Alumni)


9 Months


6 x 2 day modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

Module Title  Module Faculty Module Dates
Module 1: Exploring My Leadership Impact – The Personal Dimension 

Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Thursday  21st November, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2024

Module 2: Enhancing My Leadership Impact - The Relationship Dimension  Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th January 2025

Module 3: Building My Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension 

Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March 2025

Module 4: Aligning for Organisational Impact – The Systems Dimension 

Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Monday 31st March and Tuesday 1st April 2025

Module 5: Sustaining My Leadership Impact – The Resilience Dimension  Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Mon12th May and Tuesday 13th May 2025

Module 6: Committing to Leadership Impact - The Future Dimension  Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2025

Timing:  Typically 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 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 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 (excluding the Diploma in Corporate Governance).


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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