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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

23rd March 2023

Next Intake

€8,260 & €7,847*


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 23rd March 2023
(2pm – 5pm)

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th March 2023

Module 2: Diagnostic Models and Organisational Analysis SBUS41900

Prof Pat Gibbons 

Friday 28th & Saturday 29th April 2023

Module 3: Individual Level Interventions - SBUS41870

Mr Stephen Boyle (Fri) & Ms Helen Brophy (Sat)

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th June 2023

Module 4: Group and Team Development SBUS41860

Faculty to be confirmed

Provisional dates - Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 2023

Module 5: Organisational Culture and Major Systems Interventions SBUS41880

Prof Pat Gibbons (Fri)

Dr Brian McGrath (Sat)

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October 2023

Module 6: Leading Change and Evaluation SBUS41890

Dr Gearóid Hardy

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2023

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 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.

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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