Climate Leadership Development

This new micro-credential in Climate Leadership Development is specifically designed for public-sector and private enterprise professionals seeking to up-skill in areas of climate leadership and sustainability. It takes place fully online over six months and is structured around four key monthly components: webinars to build expertise in climate leadership, self-directed reading and online exercises to expand your knowledge, small group meetings to exchange knowledge with your peers, and group mentoring to support your professional development.


The micro-credential provides an opportunity to develop your leadership skills at both an individual and organisational level, to help address the global climate challenge. You’ll have an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, and to collaborate with other professionals from across a range of sectors. You can choose to collaborate in teams from the same organisation, or to work with professionals from other organisations on a specific sectoral challenge.

Why should I take this micro-credential?

Climate change poses a major challenges to society. It is a complex, multi-faceted challenge that  can only be addressed using a coordinated and systemic approach applied on a variety of levels, and across a variety of sectors. This micro-credential provides an opportunity to develop your leadership skills at an individual or organisational level, to help address the global climate challenge. You will have an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, and collaborate with others, across a range of sectors.  You can apply the course theory to a real-world workplace challenge.

What will I learn?

This 5 ECTS micro-credential will cover the following areas:

  • Climate Change as a Systemic Challenge – addresses implementation challenges, the need for building climate capacity, developing multidisciplinary teams, and the need for systems thinking embedded in cross-organisational collaboration.
  • Introduction to Climate Leadership – highlighting the need for leadership, and identification of the factors that may pose challenges for leadership in response to the global climate challenge.
  • Climate Justice and Transformational Leadership – examining the skillsets of different leadership styles required to drive transformational change, and how to integrate principles of climate justice in leadership strategy.
  • Driving behavioural change – understanding human perception from the perspective of individuals, organisations and society. How to communicate effectively both within your organisation and in your organisation’s wider sphere of impact to drive climate action.
  • Policy making for Climate Action – understaanding how policy is developed and what the current and possible future responsibilities are for public and private sectors.

What to expect...

This micro-credential deals with development of climate leadership skills. During the course you will:

  • Develop your climate leadership skills
  • Focus on both your academic and professional development
  • Widen your professional network
  • Use your new knowledge to work on real-world challenges

Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for those who have reached NFQ level 8 degree in any relevant degree area. The University’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies. Further information on RPL can be found here.

Course Information

25 Weeks 
START DATE: September 2024

COST: €450 before 80% HCI learner fee subsidy applied.

SUBSIDISED COST: €90 (limited places available)

HCI Learner Fee Subsidy

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for am 80% fee subsidy (subject to the availability of subsidized places). For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria via the link below.


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