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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

8th February 2024

Next Intake

€10,610 & €10,080*(*UCD Business Alumni)


12 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

Thurs 8th February 4.30pm – 7:30pm

Fri 9th & Sat 10th February 2024

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

Wed 13th & Thurs 14th March 2024

**please take note this is a Wed/Thurs as opposed to Fri/Sat**
Module 3: Building My Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension 

Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Fri 26th & Sat 27th April 2024

Module 4: Aligning for Organisational Impact – The Systems Dimension 

Camilla Beglan & Eamonn Ward

Fri 14th & Sat 15th June 2024

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

Fri 13th & Sat 14th September 2024

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

Fri 18th & Sat 19th October 2024

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).


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.

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