UCC Postgraduate courses

Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

  • Code


  • Duration

    Up to 3 Years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    PG Cert

  • Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2H2 primary degree See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications: we will reopen in November.

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

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.

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


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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.


All modules are assessed using continuous assessment and teamwork.

Who teaches this course?

Dr Brian O’Flaherty

Why Choose This 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.

Skills and Careers Information

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.


Applicants must have a 2H2 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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .


Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKJ17 Suppplementary Form - PG Cert ICE


For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact