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Corporate Governance

About the Course

The Diploma in Corporate Governance provides directors, potential directors and those interested in governance with an accredited programme leading to a UCD qualification in corporate governance.

Programme objective

The programme is designed to provide systematic education and training to current and prospective company directors of all types of companies and organisations, including private companies, family companies, state companies and organisations, the voluntary sector and public limited companies. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out the increasingly onerous duties and responsibilities of company directors. Holders of the Diploma in Corporate Governance can thus show that they have pursued a course of study that demonstrates a technical competence to carry out the varied tasks required of company directors.

Who is this programme for?
•Company directors looking to expand their knowledge of governance
•Senior managers operating at board level
•Middle managers being groomed for board positions
•Public sector managers with governance responsibilities
•Experienced business people expecting to hold non-executive board positions
•Company Secretaries looking to expand their knowledge of governance

Entry requirements

Participants should hold a primary degree and will be expected to have held or currently hold senior positions with considerable organisational experience but not necessarily corporate governance expertise. 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 requirements:

A completed application form, transcripts for all university-level degrees, (excluding those taken at UCD) including grades for each subject taken


1 year Part Time

Further enquiries

By phone, fax, email or post:

Telephone: + 353 1 716 8889/8080/8050
Fax: +353 1 716 8997

Executive Development
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
Carysfort Avenue
Co. Dublin‌



Successful participants will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance. The qualification is accredited (30 ECTS) and awarded by University College Dublin and is positioned at Level 9 (Masters Degree) on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The Diploma in Corporate Governance forms part of the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of eleven diploma programmes. If participants successfully complete three of these eleven diplomas within a 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice). The other diploma options available in the Masters pathway are
as follows:

Professional Diploma in Leadership Development
Professional Diploma in Advanced Management Performance
Professional Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change
Professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Food Industry)
Professional Diploma in Organisation Renewal & Transformation
Professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Biotech & Pharma Industry)
Professional Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching
Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance
Professional Diploma in Corporate Finance (Details to be announced shortly)
Professional Diploma in Business Finance (Details to be announced shortly)
Professional Diploma in High Performance Sales and Business Development (Details to be announced shortly)

To learn more about our MSc pathway and for information on our MSc-linked diploma programmes contact a member of our team on +353 1 716 8889 or email

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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