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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 2020

Next Intake

€10,200 & €9,690*


12 Months


6 x 2 day modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

The Smurfit Experience



Kappé International B.V.



Vodafone Ireland



Virgin Media

Module Dates




Module 1

25th February 2020 (Tues 5-7pm)
26th & 27th February 20 (Wed & Thurs)

The Personal Dimension - Exploring My Leadership Impact

Module 2

3rd & 4th April 2020 (Fri & Sat)

The Relationship Dimension - Enhancing My Leadership Impact

Module 3

15th & 16th May 2020 TBC (Fri & Sat)

The Team Dimension - Building My Leadership Impact

Module 4

3rd & 4th July 2020 (Fri & Sat)

The Systems Dimension - Aligning for Organisational Impact

Module 5

4th & 5th September 2020 (Fri & Sat)

The Resilience Dimension - Sustaining My Leadership Impact

Module 6

16th & 17th October 2020 (Fri & Sat)

The Future Dimension - Committing To Leadership Impact


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, 24th in Europe and 43rd in the world for its Open Enrolment programmes according to the prestigious 2019 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. In securing the 43rd place, it is the third consecutive year that Smurfit Executive Development has achieved a global top 50 ranking, rising five places from the 2018 ranking of 48th. By securing a top 25 ranking amongst European peers, UCD Smurfit Executive Development is one of only 10 business schools in the UK and Ireland to feature in the ranking.

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