UCC Postgraduate courses

Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • 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.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2022/2023

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 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. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information 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

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can 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.


How Do I Apply

1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

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

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

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