Professional Diploma in Leadership & Management

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The Leadership & Management course will develop your ability to coordinate and motivate teams through the highs and lows of doing business in Ireland, and internationally. Learn how to attract and retain the right people, coaching, career development strategies, change management and business continuity planning on a management course that will take your leadership skills to the next level.

Learn from your lecturer and peers through interactive online classes and group discussions, and grow your professional network. Take your next step today!

Why UCD Professional Academy?

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

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Course Information for Leadership & Management

Secure your place with a 5% deposit and pay the rest in instalments. Flexible payment options available.

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  • Choose your own schedule
  • 36 hours of pre-recorded course material
  • Complete in 18 weeks or fewer (avg 6 weeks)
  • Attend optional live Q&A sessions

Showing dates for: Jun - Sep 2022

Live Classes - Delivered online or on campus

Starts 13 Jun - Ends 17 Jun 2022


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1-week bootcamp: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

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Starts 23 Jun - Ends 08 Sep 2022


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12 weeks: Thursdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

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€1,530 €1700 Save €170

Starts 11 Jul - Ends 15 Jul 2022


Course Type

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1-week bootcamp: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Starts 19 Jul - Ends 04 Oct 2022


Course Type

LIVE ONLINE lectures with an Industry Expert


12 weeks: Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Starts 08 Aug - Ends 12 Aug 2022


Course Type

LIVE ONLINE lectures with an Industry Expert


1-week bootcamp: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

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What will I learn about Leadership & Management?

Organisations are only as good as their people, which is why great business leaders are in demand. Learn approaches and frameworks that will help you meet this challenging responsibility. This career-transforming management course will help you develop your leadership skills and learn how to encourage others to flourish while driving real business results. There is plenty of opportunity to put the theories you learn into practice with group discussions and exercises. You’ll learn up-to-date skills including how to manage, lead and conduct performance reviews for hybrid and virtual teams, as well as diversity and inclusion practices.

Or browse our wide range of expert-led online courses and grow your career potential today.

Leadership & Management Course Modules:

Choose between live online classroom learning, on campus classes or our on-demand courses, where you set the schedule. Download your brochure form more information.

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Module 1: Organisations

Look at the characteristics of organisations and stages of organisational development. You will discuss the environmental complexity of organisations. Understand the structure of your organisation and your place within it.

  • Why organisations form
  • Why they deliver
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Module 2: Getting The Right People

Learn about resources for people planning and how to attract the right applicants with proven recruiting methods. Learn to understand competencies and identify the best competencies to fit your company culture.

  • What is competence?
  • Getting the right person
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Module 3: Change

Organisations are constantly changing and evolving. Dive into how change affects an organisation and how to survive it. You will look at reasons to introduce change and the major models of change management to lead your team or organisation through it successfully.

  • Why change?
  • How to survive change
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Module 4: Management & Leadership

Explore the different styles of leaders and managers. Learn about the ‘big three’ leadership attributes as defined by Benjamin Biermeier-Hanson. Learn about emotional intelligence, and how to build strong working relationships to achieve mutual goals.

  • What is the difference?
  • Why leadership works
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Module 5: Coaching & Mentoring As Managers

Discover the eight competencies of coaching and the GROW model of mentoring. Understand organisational behaviour and positive reinforcement and discover how to make your objectives SMART.

  • Models of coaching
  • Coaching vs. mentoring
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Module 6: Teamwork & The Management Of Teams

Look at the attributes of effective team reinforcement and Hackman’s team coaching model. Uncover causes of dysfunction within teams and how to address them with empathy.

  • Teams are not work groups
  • Management of teams
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Module 7: Getting The Best From Your People

Learn about defining and planning for effective performance, setting realistic expectations, and building in quantitative and qualitative feedback. Discover strategies to build employee capability.

  • Managing performance
  • Setting goals
  • Enhancing performance
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Module 8: Networking

Discuss the political skills of social awareness, networking, interpersonal influence, and sincerity. Learn about influencing styles and the characteristics of effective influencers. Work on direct and indirect communication.

  • Who is your network?
  • Why network?
  • How to go about it
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Module 9: Developing Others

Learn to recognise and manage the talents of others, including setting up development interventions. Understand how motivation works with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

  • Development plans
  • HiPo identification
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Module 10: Difficult Conversations

Master the art of difficult conversations, defining reality vs. individual viewpoints. Discover how to understand and influence professional attitudes and learn about the DESK model of intervention.

  • Why they are stressful
  • Rules for having difficult conversations
  • Feedback models
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Module 11: Business Continuity Planning

Discover the six aspects of planning for business continuity and learn how to step up into a leadership role. Explore behavioural leadership and how to be an authentic leader.

  • Succession in family business
  • Succession in organisations
  • Being part of the plan
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Module 12: Career Planning

Discover the ‘five most important questions’ that Drucker suggested managers ask. Learn about SWOT analysis and the skills of self-management and planning for your future.

  • 5-year plans
  • Choosing a pathway
  • Acting on the plan
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What Our Alumni Say

The experience I had has been nothing but positive. When the course went from in classes, in UCD, to online lectures, this worked well with my busy schedule. I would definitely recommend UCD Professional Academy.

Ivan Cunnane

An Garda Síochána, An Garda Síochána / Laois/Offaly division

I would certainly recommend this engaging and well structured course. You come away with the right tools and skills which will help you both in your workplace and in your career going forward.

Peter Madden

Audit Senior, EY

The Professional Diploma in Leadership & Management had a good variety of topics and a great teacher with huge knowledge and experience. The classes were well managed with breakout rooms so the days flew by and allowed you to get insights from others in various work backgrounds.

Mary Flahive

Health Services Executive, HSE

The course was presented very well by the lecturer who was outstanding in their field. He clearly has a wealth of information which was expertly imparted to the students in a very interesting and engaging fashion. I would recommend studying for a Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Gregory Ryan

Solicitor, Greg Ryan Solicitors

The course was really beneficial and I got a great understanding of how leadership and management works, how different organisations work and how they begin. I also was able to learn what my own leadership style was and I got a good understanding of what the qualities of a good leader are. You act like a leader before you think like a leader because when you act like a leader you do not limit yourself.

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Addiction Nurse

I had very high expectations and I was not disappointed. I have gained some excellent and relevant skills, which I have already started to put into practice, it has been a tremendously enjoyable experience from start to finish.

Andrew Doyle

Environmental, Safety & Health Manager, Egis Projects Ireland.

My experience studying for a Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management was just fantastic! I recommend this course not only to academic people but also to everyone who is involved with an organization and who wants to bring a better version of themselves into their work, interaction and life.

Ambarnil Ghosh, Ph.D

Computational Biologist, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career FIT Fellow

Studying for a Professional Diploma has helped to reinvigorate me as I seek a new leadership role. It afforded me the opportunity to consider insights shared by the lecturer and classmates and to review some of the academic literature which tends to get ignored in the BUSY day to day.

David Hickson

Managing Director, Gaming & Leisure Association of Ireland

I would definitely 100% recommend UCD Professional Academy to anyone. Everything was so organised and it was such an enjoyable experience. The only regret I have is not learning about the UCD Professional Academy sooner and completing the course sooner.

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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 books, relevant journal 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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Is this course right for me?

This course is ideal for ambitious professionals who want to accelerate their career track with proven, practical leadership and management skills.

You may be:

• A business executive

• A manager

• A team leader

• A business owner

• An HR professional

• Going for a promotion to a managerial role

How will this course help with my career?

The course will give you the communication and leadership skills necessary to advance in your career. With this qualification on your CV, you demonstrate that you are ready to effectively lead and manage people to get real business results.

What is the learning experience like?

Many of our courses are now available in a variety of formats. All formats cover the same course content. You now have more choice in how you learn with us:

Live Online

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.

On Campus

UCD Professional is delighted to welcome learners back on the UCD Belfield Campus. On Campus courses are delivered in-person with our industry experts in the O'Brien Science building. For further details and information about the safety measure that are in place, click here.

On Demand

On Demand courses enable you to complete your course on your own schedule. Course modules are delivered in the form of one “lesson”. The lesson is broken up into short videos followed by activities designed to put the new information and concepts into practice through exercises, quizzes, forum participation and other activities.

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 written project/paper and reflection log. You will have two weeks following the end of the course to complete and submit the final assignment. The written project is generally around 3,000 words (that’s about 5 pages of a standard Word document).

What are the benefits of a Professional Diploma?

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

The Professional Academy in 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 Awards & Governance please visit

How do I get my 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 qualification to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our programmes can be secured with a 10% deposit.

For full-time (boot camp) programmes, the balance must be paid in full before course commencement.

For part-time programmes students will be required to pay 45% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here:

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  • Choose your own schedule
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  • Complete in 18 weeks or fewer (avg 6 weeks)
  • Attend optional live Q&A sessions
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  • Complete in 12 Weeks
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