UCC Adult courses

Leadership Development - HDip

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Leadership Development

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education, Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 8

  • NFQ Award Title

    Higher Diploma

  • Fees

    TBC See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    February 2023

  • Next Intake

    Course delivered to industry cohorts only

  • Start Date

    February 2023

Course Outline

The aim of the Higher Diploma in Leadership Development is to enhance students’ leadership capability through a leadership development programme that is specifically applied to their own organisation, regardless of the 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


How Do I Apply

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

Year 1 Modules

  • AD5831: People Management (10 credits)
    Employee and Industrial relations
    Employment Law
    Performance Management - systems and processes
    Power and political behaviour in organisations
    Conflict Management
    Mediation as Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • AD5849: Innovative Problem Solving and Decision Making (5 credits)
    Problem solving cycle
    Decision making - individual and organisational
    Ethics in decision making
    Evaluating decision outcomes
    Fostering innovation
    Innovation tools and techniques.
  • AD5862: Building Team Effectiveness (5 credits)
    Leading teams - understanding team dynamics.
    Constructive team feedback - feedback techniques - Johari Window.
    Motivating the team.
    Leading and managing the full spectrum of performance.
  • AD5863: Capstone Research Project (10 credits)
    Independent research
    Ethics of work-based research
    Preparation of work-based research project
    Research skills and methods
    Group / Team Based Learning.
  • MG5810: Leadership and Management (10 credits)
    ·Leadership and Management concepts, models and frameworks
    The role of the Leader
    The role of the Manager
    The impact of organisational dynamics on leading and managing
    Understanding Style Flexibility and Adaptability
    Situational Leadership
    Servant Leadership
    Leadership and Communication
    Leadership and Motivation
    Leading teams.
  • MG5811: Strategic Management (10 credits)
    The foundations of Strategy, Models and levels of Strategic Management
    Strategic Assessment and Organisation Scanning
    Strategic Planning and Development
    Culture implementation & Values
    Strategy Maps and Balance Scorecards
    Strategic Implementation and Execution
    Strategy in the context of dynamic capability.
  • MG5814: Transformation Management (5 credits)
    Transformation Management concepts, models and frameworks
    Change Management - Methodology & Psychology
    Strategic alignment and culture in times of change
    Dimensions of Cross Cultural Management.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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