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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

24th February 2022

Next Intake

€10,200 & €9,690*


12 Months


6 x 2 day modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

Module Title



Module 1: Exploring My Leadership Impact – The Personal Dimension (SBUS41820)

Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Thursday 24th Feb (4.30pm – 7pm)

Fri 25th & Sat 26th February 2022

Module 2: Enhancing My Leadership Impact - The Relationship Dimension (SBUS41800)

Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Fri 1st & Sat 2nd April 2022

Module 3: Building My Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension (SBUS41810)

Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Fri 20th & Sat 21st May 2022

Module 4: Aligning for Organisational Impact – The Systems Dimension (SBUS41790)

Camilla Beglan &
Helen Brophy

Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd June 2022*

Module 5: Sustaining My Leadership Impact – The Resilience Dimension (SBUS41830)

Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Fri 2nd & Sat 3rd September 2022

Module 6: Committing to Leadership Impact - The Future Dimension (SBUS41840)

Camilla Beglan &
Eamonn Ward

Fri 14th & Sat 15th October 2022

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



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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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