Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership

Accredited by and delivered in partnership with Ulster University, the Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership combines a personal and professional journey to excellence in leading people and organisations, providing access to networks of local, national and global academics and executive thought leaders.

Delivered in 3-day block-release workshops & with online learning support over one year, the programme empowers leaders and offers the opportunity to reflect on your career while building on your skills. The programme is structured around four taught modules each lasting three days and one five day study visit to the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership is designed for senior executives looking to expand their areas of expertise and meet like-minded individuals.

The programme forms the basis of the first year of the MSc in Executive Leadership which Irish Times Training has been delivering together with Ulster University for over 10 years.

Programme overview

  • Creating the Future: Auditing and assessing organisational competence. Change leadership. Assessing the current environment, forecasting and scenario planning.
  • Leading for the Future: Exploring IQ and EQ components of leadership. Assessing individual leadership capabilities. Understanding contemporary issues associated with leading high performance organisations.
  • Best Practice Study Visit to the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA: Enhance learning on leadership theory and practice through meeting international thought leaders. Practical insight into organisations who have achieved business excellence.
  • Leading Change, Innovation & Transformation: Taking a strategic approach to innovation and transformational change. Organisational development and leading mergers and acquisitions and collaborative partnerships.
  • Executive Coaching & Mentoring: Understanding the context of coaching. Mentoring in strategic business and useful theories and models. Personal development as a coach or mentor.

Programme structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership is delivered via four three-day block release modules each followed by a half-day off-site Action Learning Set. In addition, there is a five day study visit to the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA (included in programme cost).

The programme is delivered using a mix of classroom teaching with leading industry guest speakers, company visits, action learning, class interaction and participation and case study analysis. Contextualised learning is supported by a range of e-books and online materials accessed from the University’s library. Assessment is by assignment at the end of each taught module with a combined assignment for the "Leading Change" and study visit modules.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership constitutes the first year (level 9) of a masters qualification - the MSc in Executive Leadership.

To request a programme brochure or for more information on how to apply, please contact gencourses@irishtimes.com or (01) 472 7101.

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