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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.

Key Details

25th February 2021

Next Intake

€10,200 & €9,690*


12 Months


6 x 2 day modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

The Smurfit Experience



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Kappé International B.V.



Vodafone Ireland



Virgin Media

Module Dates

Module Title



Module 1: Exploring My Leadership Impact – The Personal Dimension


Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward


Thursday 25th 4.30pm – 7pm

Fri 26th & Sat 27th February 2021

Module 2: Enhancing My Leadership Impact - The Relationship Dimension


Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Thurs 15th & Friday 16th April 2021

Module 3: Building My Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension


Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Fri 21st & 22nd May 2021

Module 4: Aligning for Organisational Impact – The Systems Dimension


Camilla Beglan &
Helen Brophy

Fri 25th & Sat 26th June 2021

Module 5: Sustaining My Leadership Impact – The Resilience Dimension


Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Fri 3rd & Sat 4th September 2021

Module 6: Committing to Leadership Impact - The Future Dimension


Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Fri 15th & Sat 16th October 2021

Please note - 100% attendance is required at all modules. Timing:  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).


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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