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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_BLEAD_8
  • Field of StudyBusiness Studies,Management,Business
  • Type of CourseCertificate
  • Type of QualificationSpecial Purpose Award
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date11th January 2019
  • Start DateJanuary
  • Durationone semester (six months) part-time programme
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus

Course fee: €2,300


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.


Teaching Methods and Learning Support

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.

The programme will be overseen by the Head of Department who has ultimate academic responsibility and oversight of the programme. 

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

Learners will also have access to the online Blackboard learning management system.  Blackboard 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
  • Blackboard can be used to set up online workgroups with other course participants
  • Assignments are submitted and feedback is delivered via Blackboard



On successful completion of the three modules, graduates will receive a Special Purpose Award – Certificate in Leadership Development (Level 8, 15 ECTs).

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


To Apply



Online application will open shortly. For queries, please email Don Crowley, Head of the Department of Organisation and Professional Development, don.crowley@cit.ie

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.

Please click here for module information.

Three modules, each at 5 ECTS, Level 8 Special Purpose Award – Certificate in Leadership Development


The programme comprises 3 modules:
  • Effective Leadership – This module explores leadership styles, motivation, change management, communication and impact. 
  • Driving Team Performance – This module considers project management, problem solving and performance management.  The module will include the use of live case studies from the employer sponsor.
  • Leadership Development – leadership principles, developing high-performance teams, coaching and mentoring, and employee legislation will be considered in the context of this module. 


Assessment Strategy

The programme will make extensive use of reflective logs, together with a cross-modular project, report and presentation, in teams.  Learners will build on their experience and learning gained on the programme, to develop their leadership style and hone techniques and skills that will inform their best-practice application. 


Indicative Timetable

Participants will attend classes for two full days per month (totalling 12 days). Some classes will be delivered in CIT, while others will be delivered on-site. Total Tuition:  96 hours.

Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at CIT 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 2020-2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 


  • Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.  For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out www.cit.ie/rpl
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