School Leadership

The Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership is designed for teachers who aspire to leadership positions in schools. The programme will prepare aspiring leaders with the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications for senior school leadership positions. This programme is delivered by leading lecturers across four institutions (UL, NUIG, UCD and WIT) as well as by tutors with extensive experience in the area of educational leadership.

Entry requirements

Applicants to a Taught Programme (minimum entry requirements)

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalents) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1

Autumn Semester
• Leading Learning and Teaching in the Irish context
• Professional Growth and Development

Spring Semester
• Leading School Transformation: Looking in Our Schools
• Mentoring and Coaching
• Leadership Visit 1

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• Leading School Development: Continuity, Change and Capacity Building
• Building Culture, Capacity and Teams
• Leadership Visit 2


18 months, Blended and also on the web

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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