MTU Business Academy

Certificate in

Leadership Development

Department of Organisation and Professional Development

Certificate in Leadership Development

Programme Details

In Brief

Department & School

Department of Organisation and Professional Development, School of Business


MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork

Mode of Study


Method of Delivery



One semester (6 months)
One evening per week, 6pm-9pm, and seven Saturdays

Commencement Date

September 2024

Course Fee




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Breda O'Dwyer
+353 (0) 21 433 5909

What To Expect

The Certificate in Leadership Development is a one semester (six months) part-time programme that is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and confidence required to successfully manage teams in a manufacturing environment.

The programme uses an innovative blend of real-world situations and problems to assist participants in exploring the opportunities of the manufacturing environment. The industry-focus of the programme coupled with the applied nature of teaching provides a practical bedrock of knowledge and experience which can be used to immediate effect in a multitude of business contexts.

Participants will explore various theories and concepts that will develop their skills and competencies, in an applied context, developing a toolbox of skills that is valuable and readily usable and which will lead to improved team performance in a working environment.

The programme is structured to ensure that participant’s time is used wisely and entails a wide variety of leadership development tools. A phased approach, consisting of a series of lectures, facilitated workshops and work-related projects will be used to ensure that the programme is relevant, engaging and enjoyable.

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Learning Support

The programme will be overseen by Breda o’Dwyer, Head of Department, who has ultimate academic responsibility and oversight of the programme.

One of the benefits of undertaking the MTU Special Purpose Award, Certificate in Leadership Development, is that learners become alumni of MTU and, as registered students of MTU, will have access to the MTU library, including access to thousands of academic and trade journals, during their studies.

Learners will also have access to the online Canvas learning management system which will be useful for learners in several ways …

– To access course documentation such as course outlines, handouts and slide decks
– Lecturers will post links to helpful websites
– Canvas can be used to set up online workgroups with other course participants
– Assignments are submitted and feedback is delivered via Canvas

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods that will be employed on the Certificate in Leadership Development will be intensively interactive, with an action-learning focus and use of live case studies and workplace problems. Rather than an exclusively lecture-style approach, the emphasis in class will be on lecturer-led group discussion and class debate, which will draw upon the experiences of learners to illustrate key learning points and to bring concepts, theories and frameworks to life.

The live case study method will be a consistent feature throughout the programme. This practical, applied approach to teaching methodology will be underpinned by assessment instruments, and the practical application of best-practice theory to analyse the environment in which the learners work.


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Applicants will be expected to have a Level 8 degree in a technical, non-business discipline.

Course fee: €2,500

All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that fees quoted relate to the academic year 2023-2024 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

For more information on Fees, please visit the MTU Fees Website.

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the ‘apply now’ button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.

Don Crowley
+353 (0) 21 433 5909
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