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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

24th November 2022

Next Intake

€10,610 & €10,080*


12 Months


6 x 2 day modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

Module Title Module Dates
Module 1: Exploring My Leadership Impact – The Personal Dimension (SBUS41820) Thursday 24th 4.30pm – 7pm Fri 25th & Sat 26th November 2022
Module 2: Enhancing My Leadership Impact - The Relationship Dimension (SBUS41800) Fri 13th & Sat 14th January 2023
Module 3: Building My Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension (SBUS41810) Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd February 2023*
Module 4: Aligning for Organisational Impact – The Systems Dimension (SBUS41790) Fri 14th & Sat 15th April 2023
Module 5: Sustaining My Leadership Impact – The Resilience Dimension (SBUS41830) Fri 12th & Sat 13th May 2023
Module 6: Committing to Leadership Impact - The Future Dimension (SBUS41840) Fri 9th & Sat 10th June 2023

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

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

* This module is on Wednesday and Thursday

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 leaps to 31st globally in latest 2022 Financial Times Rankings

UCD Smurfit School Executive Development has been ranked 31st in the world in the 2022 Financial Times Executive Education Open Enrolment rankings, our highest ever placing in the prestigious rankings. Up 11 places from 42nd in the last rankings held in 2020, we are ranked 1st in Ireland, 19th in EU (Up from 27th in Europe in 2020) with an overall participant satisfaction rating at 9.09/10.

The only Irish business school included, UCD Smurfit Executive Development recorded significant gains across all criteria, including being ranked 22nd for New Skills and Learning; 26th for Aims Achieved; and 30th for both Course Design and Teaching Materials.

In addition, UCD Smurfit Executive Development ranked 14th for partner schools, which refers to programmes taught in conjunction with other Equis or AACSB accredited business schools. Find out more here.

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