Professional Diploma in Change Management – Starting 16 March – €590

Course Introduction:

John F Kennedy famously said “Change is the law of life”. It is now more important than ever for organisations to be ready to adapt and implement successful change strategies. Organisations need leaders who know and understand the principles and effective strategies to manage successful
change, leaders who know how to bring people with them on the change journey. This course will help you identify and learn the leadership skills and practical strategies necessary to manage and embed successful organisational change and transformation.

Course Overview:

Organisations are continually adapting and evolving to future proof their business. Every forward-looking business strategy or plan will involve some element of change. Strong leadership is essential to drive change and transformation. How prepared are you to lead change and transformation within an organisation? This course will give you the ability to identify the leadership skills necessary to manage organisational change and transformation. You will learn effective practical strategies to help you “bring people with you” on the change journey and how to successfully embed change within an

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course you will:
▪ Know and understand the various change models and their practical application
▪ Know and understand how to plan for change
▪ Understand the change curve, the various stages of change and the emotions & reactions that present during each stage of change
▪ Know and understand the leadership traits that drive change
▪ Know and identify potential barriers to change and practical strategies to overcome them
▪ Know and understand how to successfully embed change within an organisation

Course Structure:

Part Time: 1 evening/week, 6.30 to 9.30 pm, over the course of 5 weeks – Starting 16th March 2023

Course Breakdown:

Unit 1: Leading Change: Theory & Practice
▪ Understanding the change curve
▪ Lewin’s change model
▪ McKinsey’s 7 S model
▪ Kotter’s 8 step theory

Unit 2: Leading Change
▪ Your role as a Manager
▪ How to plan for change
▪ Guiding principles for leading change

Unit 3: Leading Others through Change
▪ Understanding emotions
▪ Understanding resistance
▪ Stakeholder engagement

Unit 4: Factors that influence Change
▪ Barriers to change
▪ Sources of resistance
▪ Enabling & engaging

Unit 5: Embedding Change
▪ Success factors
▪ Managing the transition
▪ Sustaining the momentum

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed through a written case-study or project, which must be completed and submitted in the two weeks following the course.


UCD Professional Academy courses are not on the NFQ as this is an academic framework. whereas UCD PA are more practical skills building diplomas aimed at working professionals needing courses for career advancement. Thus they do not focus the learning on academic research/writing theses/ but more on the practical application of skills in the workplace. Courses are taught by industry experts in the field focusing on critical skills gaps in industry today. You can read more about UCD PA awards and the companies training with them on their website. There is huge recognition among employers for these qualifications for staff, you can view a recent case study with An Post here.