• Delivered via blended learning
  • Diverse curriculum on innovation theories and practice
  • Developing the next generation of innovative thinkers
  • Facilitating organizational change at operational and strategic levels


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Applications will open in April for 2018-2019 and are reviewed in;

Round 1    May

Round 2    June

Round 3    July

What type of course is it?
The Diploma in Innovation Management provides students with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of companies in their drive towards innovation and establishing an innovative business environment.

Through a combination of online and classroom teaching methods, a diverse curriculum in innovation theory and practice, and the development of a work-related project in innovation and management, this programme hopes to produce the next generation of innovators. The Diploma is designed to offer a variety of challenges to participants from different disciplinary backgrounds (business, engineers and science, medical, food etc.) by providing individuals with tailored learning to encourage and promote innovative thinking.

How will I benefit?
You will learn about innovation and change and how it effects business operations. You will seek to identify new process technologies that are appropriate to your industry and that will contribute to improving operational efficiency and competitiveness. The programme will also address how to manage new product innovation strategies and process technologies effectively, and identify appropriate business process improvements to facilitate the introduction of such technologies.

Learning Objectives
On completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Identify and develop the skills necessary to manage innovation at both operational and strategic levels in their organisation
  • Familiarise themselves with business process improvement methods and simulation tools
  • Present a professional innovative idea to their peers with the potential to improve business within their organisation

The programme is delivered over a twelve month period on a part-time basis. Semester once classes commence in early September and continue to December with examinations taking place in mid-December. Classes in semester two recommence in late January and continue until early May, with examinations taking place in mid-late May. Students will be required to complete a project, which is due for submission in late June.

The programme is delivered using a blended approach, that is, a combination of distance and online learning materials combined with face-to-face workshops and seminars. The online element facilitates the learning in tandem with the distance-education, hardcopy materials and periodic classroom contact. Students will be required to attend workshops on average one Saturday all-day per month. These will be held on a rotating basis at NUI Galway, UL and UCC. A sample schedule from 2015/2016 is available here.

Modules are generally assessed by a combination of assignments during the semester and a formal examination at the end of each semester. Some modules have no exam and are fully assessed by assignment submission. A selection of these assignments will be group based. The project module will be assessed completely by continuous assessment and is ideally based upon a project carried out within the student’s own organisation.

The programme is worth 30 ECTs in total. There are four individual modules and a project to complete. Each module is worth five ECTs while the company project is worth ten ECTs .

A detailed module description can be found here:

Semester 1

  • Managing Innovation
  • Product Design and Development
  • Project

Semester 2

  • Managing Technology Projects
  • Improving Business Process
  • Project

Graduates of the programme will be able to guide their companies to manage innovation more effectively. In so doing, it is expected that graduates will aspire to the highest level of innovation management.

“I found the Diploma in Innovation Management to be very stimulating and applicable to my role. I found that after each subject there was a new initiative I had begun or that I had a renewed professional interest in certain aspects of my organisation’s business. As I have now progressed onto the MSc in Technology Management, I can now appreciate that the diploma was a good way of gradually reintroducing myself back into third level education.”

Ed Purtill

The fees for the Programme are 3,950 euro per annum.

This fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Exam & Tutor Fees
  • Course Materials
  • Meals/Refreshments during seminars at the distance learning locations

Prospective students on the following allowances may be eligible for a 30% reduction in fees:

  • Jobseekers benefit
  • Jobseekers allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Social insurance contribution credits

A separate scholarship application form applies and is available in the Apply Online section on this site.

ULearning Skillnet

This course has been approved by ULearning Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 20% for students whose company is a member of the ULearning Skillnet Network. There are also free places available for students who are unemployed and meet the required criteria by ULearning Skillnet.

Please note that there are only a limited number of subsidies available for both employed and unemployed students. Please visit www.ulearning.ie for further information.

Entry Requirements
Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree, 1st or 2nd class honours in any discipline, along with three years of relevant industrial experience; or an Ordinary or 3rd class honours undergraduate degree, along with five years of relevant industrial experience; or a recognised professional qualification and five years of relevant industrial experience.

Alternative Entry Route
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

English Language Requirements
All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language.

  • IELTS – 6.5* (*with not less than 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL (IBT) – 92
  • TOEFL (PBT) – 580
  • TOEFL (CBT) – 240

Language tests must be undertaken no more than two years prior to commencement of your programme.

Next Steps

Your next step in participating in the Diploma in Innovation Management is to complete an online application form. You will find this form in the Application Forms section of this web site.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis via our system of Offer Rounds to facilitate decision making and early notification to applicants throughout the year. Applications will open in April, 2018.

If you have any queries on your application contact one of the programme co-ordinators by using the Contact Us Form and indicating which programme you are interested in.

All applications are processed by:

Julie Holland
University College Cork
e: julie.holland@ucc.ie
t: 021 4903980
f: 021 4276648

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis via our system of Offer Rounds to facilitate decision making and early notification to applicants throughout the year. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Round 1 May

Round 2 June

Round 3 July

Applications will continue to be reviewed during the summer months if there are still places available. If the programme becomes filled in early rounds, as early offers are accepted, applications will be closed therefore you are encouraged to apply early.