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Online Diploma in Leadership

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Studying Online
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



Taking the leap into management positions can be a daunting challenge, but flourishing as a leader is significantly more complex. Consequently the new DBS Online Diploma in Leadership has been designed to help existing or aspiring managers to transition successfully. The course is taught in recorded weekly scheduled classes, using a cloud based app that works on any device. In addition students will have access to the Moodle learning management system that brings the class and teacher together for activities and access to resources.

The Diploma is an innovative and highly interactive learning experience, dispensing a set of practical tools that can be used immediately. Students will be immersed in the key principles of leadership, motivation, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, teamwork, stakeholder management and more, enabling them to maximise their strengths and achieve their potential.

Our Diploma in Leadership is applicable to all industries and sectors, and for large or small organisations. The commonality is individuals seeking to grow and develop their leadership skill set.

Programme Aims and Objectives

Students who complete our Diploma in Leadership should be able to:

• Acquire new skills that help position themselves as leaders in their team and organisation

• Articulate and use the primary leadership principles and best practices

• Demonstrate to be able to manage and communicate with internal/external stakeholders

• Are able to influence, motivate and collaborate with team colleagues

• Build and assess the foundations of a strategic plan and business case

• Identify and analyse change leadership principles

• Develop and evaluate a personal Leadership Action Plan based on the G.R.O.W. Model


Click here to view provisional timetable.



To meet the requirements of the Online Diploma in Leadership, a student will be required to complete the following:

  • Individual Report 60%

  • Group Presentation 40%

DBS Student Facilities

Online Learning Environment - is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material, interactive education sessions, and is home to your virtual online classroom which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 

DBS Online Library - The Online Library provides a programme of introductory videos and virtual classroom sessions in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. These will be facilitated through the DBS Online Learning Environment prior to your commencement on the Diploma programme.

DBS Virtual Community of Learners – You will become part of DBS Online’s Virtual Community of Learners where you can network and share with your fellow online students.

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications  (NFQ).

Programme content


This module introduces the Diploma and provide an overview of the primary leadership principles.

Personal Leadership

This module focuses on managing ourselves as leaders, self-awareness and resilience. It also covers the importance of work-life balance and personal well being.

Shared Vision and Strategy

This module addresses the importance of creating a shared vision and a strategy that is implementable.

Leading a high performing team

The content for this module includes team motivation, setting goals, delegation and talent management

Collaboration and building relationships

The identification and management of stakeholders is the focus of this module, in addition there are best practice techniques for managing Meetings, and Workshops.

Communication Techniques

The focus for this module is on communication best practices, business storytelling, negotiations and conflict resolution.

Change Management

This module considers change management from a leader’s perspective, including preparing, managing and embedding change.

Leadership challenges

The purpose of this module is to review specific leadership challenges including Problem Solving and Decision Making

Action Plan

The objective of this module is to develop individual career developments plans in terms of goals and actions.



The DBS Online Diploma in Leadership will be run wholly online including workshops, tutorials and programme assessment.

Technical Requirements for DBS Online Diploma Programmes

The virtual learning environment that we use to deliver these programmes is centred around two applications – Moodle (a learning management system) and Zoom (an online classroom).  

  • Moodle provides the information about the course, the lecturer and the timetable. You will find materials and activities here, as well as links to the live sessions

  • Zoom is an online collaboration tool that enables both the lecturer and the students to interact with each other and the materials being presented on the whiteboard

    To use Moodle you will need:

  • A desktop or laptop PC or Mac, a tablet, iPad or mobile phone

  • Any internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.) or either the Apple or Android app for your tablet, iPad or mobile phone

  • Materials are normally PDF, Word or PowerPoint documents. If you do not already have apps that can open these files, these can be made freely available to you for the duration of the course

For the live classes in Zoom it is important that you are able to both see and hear the class, and to be able to interact with the other participants.  For this you will need to have:

  • a microphone

  • speakers

  • a webcam

Most modern devices come with all of these built in.  If yours does not have all of these (or it is broken) there are a few options you can explore:

  • Use the Zoom app on your mobile phone to attend classes

  • Purchase an external webcam with a built in microphone (these are available from around €15)

  • Purchase a headset with a microphone (also around €15)

  • Use a combination of your PC and phone by dialling in to the Zoom session for the audio (numbers available for most countries)

If you have any questions about any of these requirements please contact the admissions team who will put you in touch with the IT Support Team here at Dublin Business School.

Career Progression Opportunities

Understanding the primary leadership principles and best practices will equip students with a valuable skillset that can be applied in any industry or sector.

It can also be a catalyst for career advancement and greater job satisfaction.

Student Profile

The Diploma in Leadership is designed to help both aspiring and existing managers to gain an in-depth understanding of leadership fundamentals and best practices. The students are from a variety of industry backgrounds and both large and small organisations. They are typically existing managers and/or high potential individuals looking to accelerate their career development.







The fee for this online diploma is €1,500. This is inclusive of tuition, registration and DBS library online membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.

View all DBS Online Professional Diploma Fees here.


Next Steps

Apply here or contact us by email or phone +353 (1) 4177500.

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Course overview

Dublin Business School

Online delivery
- 1 online class per week
- 1 weekly podcast
Next Intake: October 2024
Duration: 12 weeks

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm

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