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.


18 months, Blended and also on the web

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 (0) 61 234786 / 61 202947

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

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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