• Delivered via blended learning
  • Flexible programme structure
  • Practical curriculum focused on venture creation
  • Developing the next generation of entrepreneurs in high technology products and processes


Saturday, August 25, 2018

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

Round 1               May

Round 2              June

Round 3              July

What type of course is it?
The Diploma in Technology Commericalisation is a part-time programme which seeks to improve Ireland’s expertise in Technology Commercialisation and to train the next generation of individual entrepreneurs focused on high technology with the skills they need to make the most of their R&D effort. Through a combination of teaching delivery methods, curricular structure, and a practicum requirement in venture creation, this programme hopes to produce the next generation of individual entrepreneurs focused on high technology products and processes.

The course is targeted at mid to upper level managers responsible for technology commercialisation, research programme management and business development in both private and public sector organisations. The diploma will be of interest to all industries and students with a keen interest in technology commercialisation and especially those organisations directly involved in innovation, marketing and technology.

How will I benefit?
The diploma will provide information and guidance to you, as a potential entrepreneur, the business planning skills and knowledge needed to commercialise new technologies, products and services, and to secure project finance. You will participate in project activities that will aid your understanding of the commercialisation options available to an identified venture. It will also enhance your understanding of venture capital financing, business management, marketing and technology development. In addition, this course will provide networking opportunities with individuals, companies and agencies involved in Technology Commercialisation.

Learning Objectives
On completion of the programme, students will have:

  • developed an understanding of the technology commercialisation process
  • identified technology based business opportunities, with particular focus on how to assess their market potential and how to judge their appeal to the venture capital community
  • established the importance of innovation in the exploitation of new technological developments and the transfer process for this technology to enable commercialisation
  • gained an understanding of the importance of intellectual property and patenting as a key element of commercialisation

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.

Blended Learning
The programme is delivered using a blended approach, that is, a combination of distance/online learning materials combined with face-to-face tutorials 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 seminars on average once per month. Seminars will be held on a revolving basis at NUIG, UL and UCC. A sample schedule from 2015/2016 is available here.

Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments during the semester and a formal examination at the end of each semester. A selection of 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 comprises 30 ECTs of course credit. There are four individual modules and a project to complete. Each module is worth 5 ECTs while the company project is worth 10 ECTs .

A detailed module description can be found here:

Semester 1

  • Innovation and Technology Transfer
  • Marketing Technology Products
  • Project

Semester 2

  • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Finance & Capital
  • Project

Graduates of the programme will be able to guide their companies to manage the innovation and commercialisation process more effectively.

“There is an excellent combination of observing, reading, discussion forums, assignments and studying. This combination along with the method of delivery allows the student flexibility in maintaining a good balance between work, study and personal life … and having instant access to the course via the internet; you never feel distant from your classmates or lecturers. The Diploma in Commercialisation Technology has been a real accelerator to my post-graduate education and has been an excellent stepping stone to the Masters programme which I am now pursuing.”

Caitriona Conneely

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 application form applies and is available in the Apply Online section for this programme.

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 Technology Commercialisation 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.