Professional Leadership - Sligo

The aim of this programme is to support the development of knowledge, skills and competencies, relevant and useful to professional leadership roles within modern organisations. Strategic thinking, leadership styles, strategies, capabilities and competencies are examined, critiqued and applied to complex problems.

Who should apply?
This programme is suitable for those seeking career progression for both early career leaders and more established professionals, attracting students from many industries and sectors including public, private and NGO.

Subjects taught


Understanding Leadership
Organisational Psychology
Financial Management
Strategy and Practice
Elective: Leading and Managing Remote Teams
Elective: Business Sustainability and Human Rights
Elective: Corporate Governance
Elective: Emerging Trends in Leading & Leadership
Elective: Digital Transformation
Research Design & Development
Research Thesis

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.2 Honours degree award in any discipline. It is preferable applicants will also have a minimum of 3 years of postgraduate experience. For applicants with no formal third level qualification but do have significant experience of leadership in organisations, ATU Sligo's formal RPL process can be used to assess the suitability of applicants for entry into the programme.

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.




2 years part-time, online.

Study Hours
Live Lectures are Tuesday and Thursday evening between 6pm and 10pm. It is recommended that students spend approx. 4.25 hours per week per 5-credit module independent learning.

On-Campus Attendance
No attendance required however students are invited to attend Sligo Campus for one day per semester.


Total fees €8,000
€4,000 per annum

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Career Opportunities
The Masters in Professional Leadership will be relevant to those whose professional life already involves making and executing decisions, as well as those who are striving to enhance their career options. In addition to their study of core organisational, financial, and strategy subjects, students will undertake a significant body of supervised research.

Further Study
Students may decide to progress to Doctoral studies in IT Sligo or other Higher Education providers.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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