ProfDip Middle Leadership

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

The PDML has been developed to reflect the importance of middle leadership and to support the professional growth of those aspiring to, and occupying, middle leadership positions in the Irish education system. Its design is internationally aware but locally relevant. The PDML explores the purpose, practices and potential of middle leaders in schools and the education system. The programme provides opportunities for participants to consider the development of leadership capacity in themselves and others, as well as how educational reforms might be sustainably mobilized from the middle. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Middle Leadership (PDML) is a one year, part-time blended programme designed for teachers seeking to develop their professional knowledge and skills, to enhance their leadership capacity. The programme is aimed specifically at those aspiring towards or already occupying middle leadership positions in primary and post-primary schools.

While much of the programme is delivered using the online platform, there are also some on-campus sessions. These sessions occur approximately three times per semester and allow for face-to-face collaboration, networking and assessment opportunities that promote the sharing of learning in a professional community.

The programme modules draw on a broad international literature and focus on contemporary policy, practice and leadership challenges. They are intended for those who are passionate about leading research-informed, practice-focused improvement and, through the programme’s assessment opportunities, participants will be supported to lead and reflect on sustainable transformations in their school contexts.

Pursuing the PDML will enable you to invest in your professional learning while simultaneously advancing your career, as well as contribute to renewal and transformation in the education system.

Upon programme completion, graduates of the PDML will also have the opportunity to continue on a pathway to pursue a Master of Educational Leadership. 

Careers & Employability

Graduates of the educational leadership programmes occupy a range of school and system leadership positions including:

  • AP1 and AP2 leadership  
  • Programme coordinators
  • Deputy principalship
  • Principalship
  • Support services, including the PDST and JCT 
  • State Examinations Commission
  • Academic teaching and research 

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

  • Excellence in blended programme teaching and supervision
  • Understand key policies, trends and developments with respect to school leadership internationally and nationally
  • Enrich practice through an informed, critical, reflective and collaborative approach to learning
  • Reflect on, identify and pursue, topics of particular interest and of relevance to personal growth through dynamic approaches to assessment  
  • Connect with a professional network in a collegial environment
  • Build capacities to engage purposefully in school evaluation, review and renewal. 

View All Modules Here


  • Contemporary Issues for School Leaders
  • School Leadership for Quality Teaching and Learning


The Realities of Leading from the Middle

ProfDip Middle Leadership (W489) Part Time
EU/NONEU    fee per year - € 3910

***Fees are subject to change

Applicants to the PDML must hold an honours degree at undergraduate level (or equivalent) from a higher education institution, a recognised teaching qualification and have a minimum of three years’ teaching experience in either the primary or post-primary sector.