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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

September 2022

Next Intake

€10,200 & €9,690*


12 Months


5 x 2 / 3 Day Modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates



Module Title

Module 1

September 2022 

An Introduction to Team Coaching

Module 2

November 2022

Team Coaching Models and Approaches

Module 3

January 2023

Systems Thinking and Dynamics

Module 4

March 2023


Module 5

May 2023

Building your Approach



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.


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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