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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

11th January 2023

Next Intake

€10,610 & €10,080*


12 Months


5 x 2 / 3 Day Modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates

Module Dates

Module Title

Module Faculty

Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th January 2023

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

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd March 2023

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

 Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson & Pauline Willis

Thursday 11th & Friday 12th May 2023

Module 3: Team Coaching Interventions
(2 days) SBUS42160

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson & David Cluttebuck

Wednesday 28th to Friday June 30th 2023

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

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson

Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th Sept 2023

Module 5: Building your Approach
(2 days) SBUS42190

Barry O'Sullivan &
Aileen Gleeson



MSc Pathway

The Diploma in Team Coaching forms part of the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching pathway. If participants successfully complete the Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching, the Diploma in Advanced Business & Executive Coaching and the Diploma in Team Coaching within a 5-year timeframe (not compulsory), 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.


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.

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