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Leadership Development (Pharma Chem) - HDip

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Leadership Development (Pharma Chem)

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education, Business and Law

  • Duration

    18 months

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 8

  • NFQ Award Title

    Higher Diploma

  • Fees

    €5000 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    January 2023

  • Next Intake

    February 2023

  • Start Date

    February 2023

Course Outline

The aim of the Higher Diploma in Leadership Development (Pharma Chem) is to enhance students’ leadership capability through a leadership development programme that is specifically applied to their own organisation within the pharma chem sector. The programme aims to combine academic, professional and personal development in the area of leadership development. Students’ main area of study will be in understanding and delivering leadership through enabling role specific competency development. This focus on leadership will encompass skill development in areas such as building team effectiveness, and enhancing innovative problem-solving and decision-making. Depending on the modules selected for each cohort, study will also span a range of management techniques including strategic management, people management, talent management, project management, and change and transformation management.

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Course Practicalities

The programme can be delivered via multiple methods to meet client companies’ needs:

  1. blended approach, comprising self-paced eLearning with directed learning in a virtual classroom;
  2. blended approach, comprising self-paced eLearning with directed learning in an onsite classroom;
  3. Onsite/traditional classroom

This programme will be wholly assessed via continuous assessment which will take the form of oral presentations, work-based projects, essays, and reflective logs. The programme is delivered on a modular basis so assignments will be completed for each module before moving onto the next module.


  • Applicants for this course must hold a primary degree.
  • Consideration will be given to other applicants with sufficient equivalent professional qualifications and significant industrial experience.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual section lower than 5.5.

Fees and Costs

€5000 Partial funding is available from the Biopharmachem Skillnet to eligible candidates.

  • Skillnet Funding can only be applied where the employer pays the course fees on behalf of the student. 
  • Self-employed applicants can avail of the subsidy.
  • BioPharmaChem Skillnet will issue the invoice directly to you or your organisation. 
  • Public-sector and companies outside of the Republic of Ireland are not eligible for the subsidy but can still apply directly to UCC to participate in the course
  • Applicants who are not eligible for the BPC subsidy will be invoiced directly by UCC.

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How Do I Apply

Course delivered to industry cohorts only –  please contact us for more details


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