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Professional Academy Diploma in Women in Leadership

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Addressing the specific challenges and opportunities encountered by women in leadership roles, this course will help you to develop professional skills and strategies for success at the top. It provides the tools and knowledge to empower individuals, particularly women, to succeed in leadership roles. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences with women in leadership; increasing your self-awareness and understanding as you explore the latest research and trends in this field.

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Starts 22 Aug — Ends 07 Nov 24

Part-time / evening
  • LIVE ONLINE lectures with an Industry Expert
  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • €1700, €1,530 with discount code

Starts 17 Sep — Ends 03 Dec 24

Part-time / evening
  • LIVE ONLINE lectures with an Industry Expert
  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • €1700, €1,530 with discount code

Secure your place with a 50% deposit and the rest after your course commences. Save an additional 5% when you pay in full at time of booking.

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted certification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible learning options

Women in Leadership Course Modules

An inspirational course that will help leaders, especially women leaders, overcome challenges and seize opportunities in areas of leadership, relationships, and management. 

This course will help you explore practical skills, techniques, and strategies that can be applied immediately to your leadership role in any organisation. Each lesson includes a review of relevant research on women in leadership and gives opportunities for active reflection and discussion. This empowering course will develop your understanding of leadership styles, communication and influencing, decision making and problem solving, and managing stakeholders. You will also discuss the value of building a supportive network of relationships and learn to advocate for yourself and other women in the workplace.

1. Lead Without Limits

Learn the importance of developing your leadership identity.

  • The self and leadership identity
  • Areas for growth

2. Setting The Direction

Create a leadership vision and learn to scaffold it with support.

  • Challenges of leadership
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving

3. Defining Your Leadership Brand

Understand different leadership styles, preferences, and effectiveness.

  • Leadership styles - preferences and effectiveness
  • Framework and tools

4. Why A Leadership Brand Matters Most For Women

Understand the expectations of female leaders in the workplace.

5. Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness

Improving decision-making and problem-solving in the workplace.

6. Effective Conflict Management At Work

Improve your ability to manage conflict effectively and have difficult conversations.

  • Conflict management strategies

7. Leveraging Your Confidence

Understand how confidence and competence are understood in the workplace and learn to enhance your own.

  • The bias towards confidence
  • How competence is understood

8. Increasing Your Impact

Learn to build stronger relational and communication skills.

  • Relational and communication skills

9. Owning Your Authority

Discover how power dynamics in organisations work and how to navigate them.

  • What are power dynamics

10. Increase Your Influence

Learn about influencing techniques and stakeholder management skills.

11. Broaden Your Horizons

Learn to develop your networking and influencing skills.

12. Seeing The Bigger Picture

Understand the societal and organisational influences on women at work and how to mitigate their negative effects.


Access to thousands of journals, articles and papers. Free of charge.

Students taking part in this course will now have access to the EBSCO Online Library, free of charge, for the full duration of the course. Here you can browse thousands of relevant journals, articles and other reliable academic and commercial texts like the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes Magazine, to supplement your learning and assignments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

This course is open to people of any gender. It will be particularly relevant for women in leadership positions or aspiring to move into such a role. While focusing on women’s experiences in the workplace, this course doesn’t specifically cover feminist theory (although much of the research discussed may be influenced by it). Leadership theory is covered where it relates to research into women’s leadership rather than leadership theory in general. The skills and knowledge covered are not industry specific and can be instantly applied in a wide range of leadership and advocacy roles.

How will this course help with my career?

This course will help you develop and enhance your leadership skills and strategies, which can directly benefit your career progression. You will be better prepared to assume leadership roles and responsibilities, as well as demonstrate a unique interest and investment in women in leadership roles, whatever your gender. The knowledge and insights gained on this course would be of particular benefit for leaders with responsibilities relating to gender equality, inclusivity, women’s issues, etc.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

If you are studying an online course, your assessment will also be submitted online.

This course is assessed through a weekly action learning log (worth 40% of your assessment) and a written assignment at the end of the course (worth 60% of your assessment). The weekly log will require you to answer three reflective questions after each lesson. Each log is expected to be around 125 words long. The written assignment is part discussion and part self-reflection and is expected to be around 3,000 words long.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Certification & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certification to your LinkedIn profile.

This Professional Academy Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit-bearing course. This is not unusual for professional courses of this nature, where the need is for fresh and actionable skills immediately applicable in the workplace.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our part-time & on demand courses can be secured with a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

For full-time Bootcamp courses, 100% of the course fee should be paid before starting.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

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