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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

17th November 2022

Next Intake

€8,260 & €7,847*


9 Months


6 X 2 Day Modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

The Smurfit Experience



American Chamber of Commerce Ireland







Module Title

Module Faculty

Module Dates

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


Prof Pat Gibbons

Prof Karan Sonpar


Thurs 17th November 2022  (1.30pm – 5pm) followed by Module 1 on Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November 2022

Module 2: Diagnostic Models and Organisational Analysis SBUS41900

Prof Pat Gibbons 

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th January 2023

Module 3: Individual Level Interventions - SBUS41870

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

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March 2023

Module 4: Group and Team Development SBUS41860

Ms Helen Brophy & Ms Kathleen Halligan

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd April 2023

Module 5: Organisational Culture and Major Systems Interventions SBUS41880

Prof David Loree

June 2023 dates to be confirmed

Module 6: Leading Change and Evaluation SBUS41890

Dr Gearóid Hardy (Fri)
Prof Pat Gibbons (Sat)

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 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.

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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