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Intellectual Property & Information Technology


Create your own tech start-up while earning a Smurfit Master's in a structured and supported environment with world class mentors and lecturers guiding you on the way.

This part-time Master’s is ideally suited to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates who have a minimum of three years work experience who want to play a leading role in creating new knowledge-based businesses.. The unique design combines the academic rigour and theoretical grounding of a traditional Master’s with extensive practical experience involving the creation of actual new ventures or new lines of business inside a firm.

What will I learn?

Innovation and entrepreneurship are the engines of economic growth and are now seen as critical competencies for firms operating in competitive markets. Participants will learn the theory and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship enabling them to lead in this important and growing area.

Competencies in creating and leading teams that can design and develop successful new lines of business inside current firms and new stand-alone ventures

Knowledge and application of the repeatable processes that can be employed to identify, develop and validate new business ideas

A comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurial logic, business model design, and a design thinking approach to new product and service creation in knowledge-based businesses

Those who complete the course will develop:

•An ability to analyze and evaluate consumer needs, and design and lead new business development teams and processes to deliver knowledge-based solutions into the marketplace.

•An analytical perspective on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in serving the needs of society and in the creation and sustainability of modern businesses.

•Practical skills in identifying and creating new business opportunities that are appropriate for a firm or founding team, and the markets they wish to serve.

Course features

This unique course combines core modules designed specifically for this programme, option modules from other MSc courses, and extensive practical application involving the creation of actual new ventures or new lines of business inside a firm. The course is delivered and supported by highly experienced international academic faculty members and leading practitioners within the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system.

Participants benefit from the combined expertise of three leading Irish institutions: Smurfit School’s strength in core business and innovation management, National College of Art and Design’s industrial design expertise, and input from experts at NovaUCD, our leading incubator of technology firms.

The two-year, part-time format involves twice-weekly evening classes and is structured to facilitate study, practice and professional life.

Delivered part-time over 2 years with twice-weekly evening classes, this programme involves an academic component—with 7 taught modules and a major paper—and a practical component involving a 20-month practicum where students create actual new ventures or new lines of business inside existing firms.


In the 20-month practicum participants will work in teams drawn from within and outside the programme to create an actual new venture or new line of business inside a firm. Three elements of support and interaction facilitate the practicum work: 1) Ongoing input and mentorship from our Entrepreneur-in-Residence; 2) Interaction with researchers in Science Foundation Ireland Centres and UCD STEM faculties, who are working on cutting edge technologies in their field; 3) Formal review and input at the end of each term from experts at NovaUCD our leading incubator of knowledge based businesses.

Major Paper

The major paper, delivered in the last semester, assesses innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities in the participants’ chosen field, including recommendations for exploitation of those opportunities, and incorporates learning from the participants’ own new venture project.

Skills Seminars

Additional skills seminars will cover team work, sales and negotiation skills for the new ventures.

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) and have considerable work experience.

Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements may be considered on a case by case basis, dependent on work experience and/or other qualifications.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

What can I do?

Graduates of this course will find career opportunities in the following areas:
Starting their own ventures
Fast growing young companies
Entrepreneurial multi-national companies
Venture capital / consultancy

The Smurfit School Careers Service

Getting the right job requires a lot of hard work, persistence and a very positive attitude. The Careers Service has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you develop your career strategy. The UCD Career Development Centre provides the following services:

Services include:
Advice on Interview preparation & technique
CV & Cover Letter writing
Psychometric testing
Job search strategy

Information on:
Numerous industry sectors
Job functions
Specific organisations & companies
Career planning guides
Psychometric Tests
Careers related subjects

Activities include:
Skills Workshops
Employer Recruitment Presentations
Careers Fairs

Further enquiries

Justine McCann
Telephone (01) 716 4109

Subjects taught

Core Modules

Foundations in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Design in Enterprise

Leading Creativity and Innovation Processes

Intellectual Property and Business Law for New Ventures

Finance and Funding for New Ventures

Option Modules:

Data Driven Marketing

Economic Foundations of Strategy

Managing Global Sourcing

Organisational Behaviour

Digital Business Model & e-commerce

Managing Design and Development (in ICT)

Managing Organisational Change

Managing the Negotiation Process

Supply Chain Sustainability

Options may be offered only during the day and availability may change.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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