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Innovation Commercialisation & Entrepreneurship

The MSc in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, known as the MSc(ICE), is a one-year, taught, multi-disciplinary master’s course. The MSc(ICE) will provide you with an integrated professional practice skill-set in the theory and practice of innovation, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

This course, offered through UCC’s College of Business and Law, has been developed to meet the emerging opportunities presented by new technologies, growth in knowledge-based and service-based sectors, globalisation, and the increased focus on outsourcing by traditional enterprise. The MSc(ICE) course allows you to consider, create and grow entrepreneurial ventures, both within existing organisations and in high-tech start-ups.

Unique Aspects of the Course
This course offers you the chance to improve your entrepreneurial skills. Two students from the inaugural intake of the MSc(ICE) have been highly commended at the recent Intel Challenge held in Poland.

MSc(ICE) students Gillian Barrett and Brian Corish produced the business plan for Zooplar which was the Irish nominee for the Intel completion. This followed their success at the Enterprise Ireland ‘Think Outside the Box’ Competition earlier in 2012.

Entry requirements

To apply for the MSc in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship:
◾Candidates must hold a primary degree with at least a second class honours grade two.
◾Consideration may also be given to applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria, but who have a minimum of three years relevant professional experience, subject to approval of the Programme Directors and the School of Business.

The additional/supplementary statement must be completed during the online application process.

If your first language is not English, you will be required to sit either an IELTS test or a recognised equivalent test as approved by the faculty. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual section lower than 6.0. An exception may be granted where you have been awarded a university degree in which the overall content has been delivered in the English language. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
If you are a science and technology graduate, the MSc(ICE) will provide you with a solid foundation in the commercial practice of innovation.

If you are a business graduate, the MSc(ICE) will provide you with first-hand experience of the technology commercialisation lifecycle.

Potential career paths available to you may include:

involvement with entrepreneurial venturing and business start-ups

operating within multi-national organisations as a member of an Innovation Management Team

operating within the management team of indigenous organisations (primarily SME in nature)

working in university technology transfer offices, with the venture capital community, or in government support agencies.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 3335

Subjects taught

This course will run over 12 months. It consists of 60 credits of taught modules delivered by departments within the College of Business and Law, together with an additional research project worth 30 credits, during which you will develop a technology-based business plan.

The course consists of the following modules:

Teaching Period 1:
AC6301 Innovation Finance (5 credits)
IS6307 Creativity and Opportunity Recognition (5 credits)
LW6104 Intellectual Property Law for High-tech Entrepreneurs (5 credits)
MG6705 Markets for High-tech Entrepreneurs (5 credits)
MG6706 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Leadership (5 credits)
MG6707 Building the New Venture Team (5 credit)

Teaching Period 2:
AC6302 Early Stage Capital (5 credits)
IS6306 Technology Business Planning (5 credits)
IS6308 Accelerating a Technology Business (5 credits)
LW6105 New Business Governance and Regulation (5 credits)
MG6703 Managing Organisational Innovation Practice (5 credits)
MG6704 Internationalisation and Sales (5 credits)

Teaching Period 3:
CO6301 Innovation Project (30 credits)

This project is supervised by academic and business mentors. You will work in groups to research and provide an innovative offering for an emerging market. Your output must include a detailed report and presentation to the potential investors.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018: Irish/EU Fee €10,500

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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