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Programme Overview

Performance improvement is required at the level of the team, as well as at the level of the individual. Teams need to deliver increasingly challenging outcomes in the face of often chaotic organisational change in this VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) environment. Also, the nature of teams are changing from traditional hierarchical structures to more transient, lateral and distributed leadership structures.

The team coach is therefore becoming an ever-more important component of the coaching strategy of forward-thinking organisations. The aim of this programme is to equip experienced coaches with the competence and confidence to provide a high-quality team coaching service with the ability to make sense of, and work with, the often-complex dynamics with which the coach is faced.

The UCD Diploma in Team Coaching is a highly practical and experiential programme where learning is delivered through a blended approach comprising:

In May 2021, UCD Smurfit Executive Development is among the first three Universities globally, and the first in the EU and in Ireland, to have received accreditation by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Global for its Professional Diploma in Team Coaching at Senior Practitioner Level. The EMCC Global Team Coaching Quality Award (TCQA) is an accreditation for training programmes which have met a set of core standards, applied rigour in assessment, and demonstrated a track record of impactful and practical learning and development for team coaching practitioners.

Key Details

Autumn 2024 - Dates to be confirmed very soon.

Next Intake

€11,140 & €10,610*


12 Months


5 x 2 / 3 Day Modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

Module Dates

Module Title

Module Faculty

Dates TBC

Module 1: An Introduction to Team Coaching (3 days) SBUS42170

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson

Dates TBC

Module 2: Team Coaching Models and Approaches (2 days) SBUS42180

 Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson & Pauline Willis

Dates TBC

Module 3: Team Coaching Interventions
(2 days) SBUS42160

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson & David Cluttebuck

Dates TBC

Module 4: Systems Thinking and Dynamics
(3 days) SBUS42150

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson

Dates TBC

Module 5: Building your Approach
(2 days) SBUS42190

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson



MSc in Business & Executive Coaching Pathway

The Diploma in Team Coaching forms part of the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching Pathway. If participants successfully complete two of the following three coaching programmes:

• Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Advanced Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Team Coaching (30 ECTS)

PLUS any one of the following programmes:

• Diploma in Organisational Change & Transformation (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Leadership Development (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Advanced Business and Executive Coaching (30 ECTS)

• Diploma in Team Coaching (30 ECTS) within an ideal 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching.

Our portfolio of pathway diplomas build on your existing skill set and add relevant value to your business needs. From coaching to team coaching, 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.

A key feature of the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching pathway is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the individual diplomas takes approximately 10-12 months to complete, we advise participants of a 5-year window within which to ideally complete all three steps and be awarded the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching.


FT Global Rankings confirm UCD as leading Irish provider of Executive Education

UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been ranked in the global top 50 and EU top 25 in both the Open Enrolment and Custom Executive Education in the 2024 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings continuing its place as Ireland’s leading provider of Executive Education. 

The School is ranked 33rd in the world in the Custom Executive Education Rankings. Within the ranking criteria, the School ranked an impressive 4th globally for Growth reflecting year-on-year revenue growth and repeat business and 27th for Programme Design which ensures flexibility of the curriculum and cutting-edge expert lecturers. Overall, Client Satisfaction is highest in Ireland and ranks 23rd globally.

In the Open Enrolment Ranking, Smurfit Executive Development ranked 46th globally and first in Ireland marking the 7th year in the global top 50. Among the criteria used to assess the categories, the School scored in the global top 50 in 12 out of 14 categories. Find out more here

The ranking demonstrates consistency at the highest standard in the delivery of world-class executive education programmes and places UCD Smurfit Executive Development with an elite group of business institutions that are among the most recognised in the world.

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