UCC CPD courses

Innovation Finance AC6301


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Module Content: This module examines the finance of innovation, focusing on technology-based start-up ventures, and the early stages of company development. It addresses key questions which challenge all entrepreneurs: how much money can and should be raised; when should it be raised and from whom; what is a reasonable valuation of the company? The subject aims to prepare students, as innovators and entrepreneurs, for these decisions.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Explain the ways innovation is financed in uncertain environments.
  • Determine what constitutes a high-potential company that attracts professional capital.
  • Explain the role and importance of due diligence for early stage investments.
  • Use financial techniques to value start-up companies.
  • Apply the venture capital method.


Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Group project (approx. 3,000 words) 50 marks; and presentation 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Why Choose

This CPD module is a 5 credit module (ECTS) that is taught as part of the MSc in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.

On completion of this module, you may apply for an exemption to the module should you decide to progress to this programme, or another programme where IS6306 may be on offer. 

*This is subject to time restrictions and also the approval of the Programme Director for this programme.



To be eligible for the this CPD module;

  • Candidates must hold a primary degree with at least a Second Class Honours Grade 2.
  • Consideration may also be given to applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria, but who have a mimimum of three years relevant professional experience, subject to approval of the Programme Directors and the School of Business.

Decisions regarding student eligibility will be made by the module co-ordinator.

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to sit either an IELTS test or a recognised equivalent test as approved by 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 a candidate has been awarded a university degree where the overall content has been delivered in the English language.

Click here for further details on English Language Proficiency for Postgraduates

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €600.

This module is currently open for applications for HEA-funded spaces on 11/11/2020.  Where eligible, applicants will be entitled to a funded space (either 90% or 100% funded) on this module.

There is NO €35 application fee for HEA-Funded Applicants.

  Click here to check eligibility.


Where ineligible to apply for a HEA-Funded space normal module fees (below) apply:

The fee for this module is €600 for EU applicants. 

There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Applications for Semester 2, 2020 are now closed.  Applications receied after 27th November 2020 may not be reviewed.



How to apply for a July Stimulus Place below

 1. Click on this link July Stimulus CPD Form , download form and complete.

 2. Gather required documents as detailed below.

 3. Return form and documents detailed below by email to cpd@ucc.ie 

 You will need to email the following attachments to cpd@ucc.ie:

  1. Your completed CPD application form
  2. Any further documents required for specialised modules (these are detailed on the individual module pages)
  3. Funding eligibility document (list of appropriate documents below)
  4. Attach your birthcertificate or passport (ID is required so that we can register you on our student records system)

 Note: Some additional documents may be required depending on your nationality and native language:                                    

  1. If you are not an Irish/EU/EEA/UK/Swiss citizen, you must provide confirmation that you have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding application for the module (Stamp 4 Visas accepted)
  2. If you are not a native English speaker, you will also need to provide language proficiency documentation (details here)

Application submission dates will be based on receipt of complete submissions, including applicable documentation above.  

For Further Information Visit: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cpd/options/hea-funding/

Applications for this module are now open.

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