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Programme Overview

The pressure for change in organisations increases daily. In the private sector, competitive challenges, technological change, enhanced customer expectations and financial pressures combine to put a premium on firms’ abilities to learn and adapt. In the public sector, similar challenges coupled with ambiguous performance criteria place enormous pressure on organisations to react appropriately.

Designed to equip managers with the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to lead organisational change, this diploma is highly participative to ensure that the collective experience of the entire class group is harnessed.

Key Details

Autumn 2024 - Dates to be confirmed

Next Intake

€8,670 & €8,260*


9 Months


6 X 2 Day Modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Title

Module Faculty

Module Dates

Module 1: Introduction to Change, Transformation and Organisation Development - SBUS41850

Prof Pat Gibbons

Prof Karan Sonpar

Thursday 4th April 2024

(1.30pm – 5pm)

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th April 2024

Module 2: Diagnostic Models and Organisational Analysis - SBUS41900

Prof Pat Gibbons

Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th May 2024

Module 3: Group and Team Development - SBUS41860

Dr Colm Murphy


Friday 28th & Saturday 29th June 2024

Module 4: Individual Level Interventions - SBUS41870

Stephen Boyle (Fri) & Prof Pat Gibbons (Sat)

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th September 2024

Module 5: Organisational Culture and Major Systems Interventions SBUS41880

Prof Pat Gibbons (Fri) & Dr Brian McGrath (Sat)

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th October 2024

Module 6: Leading Change and Evaluation SBUS41890

Dr Gearóid Hardy

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December 2024

Please note - 100% attendance is required at all modules. Should you miss a module due to unexpected circumstances, there is no longer an option to take that module with another intake of the programme. Timing:  Fridays 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays 8.30am to 4.30pm.

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.

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).

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