The Diploma in Leadership Development helps participants to become better leaders. It is about understanding how they themselves contribute to their eventual success and that of their teams and organisations.
Participants will develop insight into their current leadership style, actively shift any leadership obstacles and bring about a renewed sense of leadership empowerment and purpose.
Built on strong theoretical principles that are brought to life and tested in participative module sessions, the programme is challenging and highly experiential. Participants are required to examine, share and learn from their own experiences, utilising and implementing fresh insight, tools and techniques.
Who is it for?
•Experienced managers with responsibility for leading others and making senior decisions;
•Recently-promoted executives who are facing new leadership challenges;
•Individuals with at least 5 years of management experience leading and managing teams in an organisational context;
•Participants who are open to critically examining and building upon their own approach to leadership.
How Does it Work?
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)
On completion of this programme, participants will have the skills to explore and find their leadership style in order to meet the challenges they face in their role and their organisation. It will enable the participant to build awareness of their leadership challenges, while identifying a range of approaches to explore and the necessary skills to implement interventions to good effect.
Specifically, the modules will:
•Enhance awareness of the participant as a leader;
•Facilitate the acquisition of the practical skills required to develop productive relationships among their team and organisational network;
•Provide feedback and support to make successful behavioural changes;
•Develop the capacity to understand the organisational challenges facing leaders today;
•Enhance self-awareness of the emotional, physical and behavioural challenges facing the participant as a leader.
This programme is delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 10–month period. Workshops are held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. The programme structure is designed in order to facilitate work/lifestyles and to assist participants integrating study into their working lives while enhancing their contribution as a member of the management team.
In general, participants must have at least 8 years of management experience and be referred by a senior executive within their organisation who is familiar with your role and responsibilities and can provide a detailed first-hand account. Leading a team within an organisation is a prerequisite - some modules are focused solely on working with teams, so if the participant is not leading a team, they won't be able to fully participate in or contribute to the programme. Moreover, participants must be open to critically examining and building upon their own approach to lead. Admission to the programme is a selective process based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility and a call with the Programme Director may form part of the application process.
Participants should also hold a primary degree or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will also be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but whose depth of industry/organisational experience, deems them suitable participants.
Assessments and Workload
This programme involves no examinations – instead the emphasis throughout is on the practical application of knowledge to benefit you and your organisation. Assessment workload is spread across the duration of the programme to enable you to combine learning with work and life demands. In order to accelerate learning, between modules participants are expected to complete assigned reading from texts, cases and articles.
All continuous assessment is completed by participants either individually or in groups and this is set out in the study guide for each module. Some modules require pre-coursework in addition to the post-coursework which is set for each taught modules.
Exploring the Leadership Impact – The Personal Dimension
Enhancing the Leadership Impact - The Relationship Dimension
Building the Leadership Impact - The Team Dimension
Aligning for Organisational Impact - The Systems Dimension
Sustaining my Leadership Impact - The Resilience Dimension
Committing to Leadership Impact - The Future Dimension
12 months. Delivery 6 x 2 day modules.
The diploma programme is demanding and participants should be free of other responsibilities on the days of the workshops. 100% attendance is required.
2018 Tuition Fees
The fee for the 2018 intake of €9,950 or €9,452.50* (*UCD Business Alumni discount) is a comprehensive cost that includes your tuition, all course-related materials, lunches and refreshments while on campus, access to the UCD Libraries etc. There are no additional overheads to be incurred. We offer staged payments and there is no interest charged for choosing this option.
*Important Notice: All open enrolment part-time diploma programme fees will increase by 2.5% from September 2019
In line with University Finance Guidelines, fees will increase by 2.5% from September 2019. This fee increase will apply to the Diploma in Leadership Development. A 5% discount on tuition fees is available to UCD Business Alumni.
Next Intake: 25th February 2020
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Pathway to a Master's Degree
As Ireland's premier provider of executive development open programmes, we can help you master the right skills for the most complex global business challenges with our unique and flexible MSc pathway. If you're an experienced professional who wants to continue in your chosen career while undertaking part-time study, then this flexible MSc pathway option will offer you the very best learning experience and a world-class qualification.
What is the MSc Pathway?
Our MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) is based around a framework of ten selected diploma programmes. By completing any three of these ten diplomas, within a recommended 5-year timeframe, you will earn 90 credits (the national standard for a Masters Qualification) and will be conferred with the qualification of MSc Business (Leadership & Management Practice) accredited & awarded by UCD at NFQ Level 9.