Education for directors is a necessity, not a choice
By Professor Niamh Brennan, UCD Centre for Corporate Governance

Led and designed by Prof Niamh Brennan, the UCD Diploma in Corporate Governance is Ireland’s premier qualification in governance.


The Diploma is a one-year, part-time programme and is designed to provide systematic education and training to current and prospective company directors and governors of all types of organisations.  The more formal learning on our programme can enhance the practical skills of many non-executive directors. In addition, the programme is suitable for middle or senior managers who currently occupy, or are being groomed for, board memberships, or who carry governance-related positions of responsibility.


The diploma is scheduled to facilitate busy executives, so as to have the least possible impact on their workplace commitments. Lectures take place from 4.30 – 7.30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, over two 12-week semesters. The fees for the programme are €15,325 & €14,558* (*UCD Business Alumni) and applications are currently being accepted for the programme which will commence on September 2nd 2019.


A key ingredient of the programme’s success lies in the diversity of experience amongst its participants. Each cohort is mature and experienced and consequently our participants have a lot to offer each other in terms of shared experience within the classroom. The class size is typically 25 and represents a wide range of industry sectors. A sample of participant profiles are available to view online here.


Also you can listen here to a short video from one of our alumni, Rose Leonard on her experience of the programme. Rose is Head of Corporate Distribution & Customer Relationship Management at Zurich Life Assurance plc (Ireland) and is current President of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management.



For further information please contact Caroline Kinsella, Head of Business Development, UCD Smurfit Executive Development on (01) 716 8050 or

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