Strategy Development & Innovation

Programme Overview
Central to the long-term success of any organisation, strategy defines direction and creates scope to gain competitive advantage. It is what elevates truly extraordinary leaders above merely ordinary ones by enabling them to develop and implement effective business strategies while maintaining motivation, innovation and vision in their people.

Knowledge gained, skills learned and links established on the programme will enhance career potential and directly benefit the organisations that participants work with. The programme provides participants with the insight and understanding needed to lead organisations in a complex global business environment.

The focus on Strategy, Development and Innovation provides the knowledge and skills required to reach the highest level, whether in a commercial or public sector context. It offers business managers and directors with a versatile, strategic toolkit to bring coherence and direction to the actions and decisions of the organisation.

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).

Who is it For?
- Individuals with at least 5 years of managerial experience;
- Senior executives seeking to enhance their skills in contributing to strategy development and innovation;
- Managers involved in strategic planning, implementation or change management;
- Individual contributors who are tasked with managing the strategy process;
- Advisors and Management Consultants.

Key Benefits:
Participants develop their capabilities in making and executing effective strategic decisions and acquire deep insight into how to manage innovation and lead change.

Programme Structure
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 busy work/lifestyles and to assist participants integrating study into their working lives while enhancing their contribution as a member of the management team.

Subjects taught

Module 1: Strategic Leadership SBUS41760
Module 2: Strategy in a Turbulent Environment: The New Normal SBUS41770
Module 3: Market Position and Competitive Advantage SBUS41050
Module 4: Business Model Innovation SBUS4120
Module 5: Leading Innovation and Change SBUS41750 (Live online module)
Module 6: Top Management Teams and Strategic Decision Making SBUS41060

Please note - 100% attendance is required at all modules. Should you miss a module due to unexpected circumstances, there is no longer an option to take that module with another intake of the programme. Timing: Typically, 9.00am to 5.00pm on both days.

Entry requirements

Participants should have at least 5 years management experience and 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.

Application dates

How To Apply?
To apply for this programme, please contact Michael Shiel who would be delighted to discuss the application procedure with you further.

Michael Shiel
Business Development Manager
t: +353 87 0985117

Application Procedure
A completed application form, digital photograph and copy of transcripts for all university-level degrees (if applicable and excluding those taken at UCD) will be required. A telephone interview with the Programme Director may form part of the application process. The interview helps determine whether the programme is the most appropriate educational solution for the applicant.


9/10 months part-time. 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.

We would encourage you to check the module dates listed on the overview page to ensure your availability. If you do miss a module due to unexpected circumstances, there is no longer an option to take that module with another intake of the programme. You will be required to complete an additional assignment as well as the module assignment. Full details on the module assignment as well as the additional assignment will be shared with the participant.

Please see "Course Web Page" below for module dates.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 7th March 2024.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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