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Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, known as the PG Cert ICE), is 3-year, taught, multi-disciplinary course. The PG Cert(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 PG Cert(ICE) course allows you to consider, create and grow entrepreneurial ventures, both within existing organisations and in high-tech start-ups.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 primary degree.

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.


1-3 years part-time

Course Practicalities
The course consists of 30 credits, which can be taken in 1 year or up to 3 years. The range of commitment ranges from 6 hours to 2 hours per week respectively.

Careers or further progression

What can I do after I graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship?

There is a range of potential opportunities for graduates to work in business development or technology transfer for both innovative start-ups and established companies.

Occupations associated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

There are also potential opportunities to work as an analyst, consultant or policy maker in Government.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator Name: Dr Brian O’Flaherty

Tel: +353 (0)21 490 3335

Subjects taught

This course can be taken part-time for up to 3 years. It consists of 30 credits of taught modules delivered by departments within the College of Business and Law.

The course consists of the following modules:

Core Modules
Students take core modules to the value of 20 credits as follows:
AC6301 Innovation Finance (5 credits)
IS6307 Creativity and Opportunity Recognition (5 credits)
IS6306 Technology Business Planning (5 credits)
MG6705 Marketing for High Technology Entrepreneurs (5 credits)

Elective modules
Students take 10 credits from the following:
AC6302 Early Stage Capital (5 credits)
LW6104 Intellectual Property Law for High-Tech Entrepreneurs (5 credits)
MG6305 People and Organisations (5 credits)
MG6309 Strategy (5 credits)
MG6704 Internationalisation and Sales (5 credits)

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


Unique Aspects of the Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship is a part-time programme particularly designed and structured for practising scientists, technologists and others working in science and technology based ventures, or for candidates who wish to work in this area.

Assessment method

All modules are assessed using continuous assessment and teamwork

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

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


Enrolment and start dates

Closing Date: 15 December 2016

Next Intake: January 2017

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