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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

28th October 2021 FULL

Next Intake

€7,945 & €7,547*


9 Months


6 X 2 Day Modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

The Smurfit Experience



American Chamber of Commerce Ireland








Module Overview



Module 1: SBUS41850

Introduction to Change, Transformation and Organisation Development

Prof Pat Gibbons (Thurs)

Prof. Karan Sonpar (Fri & Sat)

Thursday 28th October 2021 (9am – 12.30pm)

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th Oct 2021

Module 2: SBUS41900

Diagnostic Models and Organisational Analysis


Prof Pat Gibbons 


Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th December 2021

Module 3: SBUS41870

Individual Level Interventions

Ms Helen Brophy (Fri) 

Mr Stephen Boyle (Sat)  

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th January 2022

Module 4: SBUS41860

Group and Team Development

Mr Colm Murphy & Ms Helen Brophy

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th February 2022

Module 5: SBUS41880

Organisational Culture and Major Systems Interventions

Prof David Loree 

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd April 2022

Module 6: SBUS41890

Leading Change and Evaluation

Mr Gearóid Hardy (Fri) 

Prof Pat Gibbons (Sat)

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June 2022

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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