UCC Postgraduate courses

Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

  • Code

    CKL31 Full-time

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2022/23

Course Outline

The MSc in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, known as the MSc(ICE), is a one-year, taught, multi-disciplinary master’s course. The MSc(ICE) will provide you with an integrated professional practice skill set in the theory and practice of innovation, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

This course is offered through UCC’s College of Business and Law and 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 MSc(ICE) course allows you to consider, create and grow entrepreneurial ventures, both within existing organisations and in high-tech start-ups.

This course will run over 12 months. Part I consists of 60 credits of taught modules delivered by departments within the College of Business and Law. Part II consists of a research project worth 30 credits, during which you will develop a technology-based business plan.


  • AC6301 Innovation Finance 
  • IS6307 Creativity and Opportunity Recognition 
  • LW6104 Intellectual Property Law for High-tech Entrepreneurs 
  • MG6705 Markets for High-tech Entrepreneurs 
  • MG6706 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Leadership 
  • MG6707 Building the New Venture Team 
  • AC6302 Early Stage Capital 
  • IS6306 Technology Business Planning 
  • IS6308 Accelerating a Technology Business
  • LW6105 New Business Governance and Regulation 
  • MG6703 Managing Organisational Innovation Practice
  • MG6704 Internationalisation and Sales


  • CO6301 Innovation Project (30 credits) - This project is supervised by academic and business mentors. You will work in groups to research and provide an innovative offering for an emerging market. Your output must include a detailed report and presentation to the potential investors.

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

Dr Lawrence Dooley

Dr Brian O’Flaherty

Why Choose This Course

This course offers you the chance to improve your entrepreneurial skills. Two students from the inaugural intake of the MSc(ICE) have been highly commended at the recent Intel Challenge held in Poland.

MSc(ICE) students Gillian Barrett and Brian Corish produced the business plan for Zooplar which was the Irish nominee for the Intel completion. This followed their success at the Enterprise Ireland ‘Think Outside the Box’ Competition earlier in 2012.

Skills and Careers Information

If you are a science and technology graduate, the MSc(ICE) will provide you with a solid foundation in the commercial practice of innovation.

If you are a business graduate, the MSc(ICE) will provide you with first-hand experience of the technology commercialisation lifecycle.

Potential career paths available to you may include:

  • involvement with entrepreneurial venturing and business start-ups
  • operating within multi-national organisations as a member of an Innovation Management Team
  • operating within the management team of indigenous organisations (primarily SME in nature)
  • working in university technology transfer offices, with the venture capital community, or in government support agencies.


To apply for the MSc in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship:

  • Candidates must hold a primary degree with at least a 2H2.
  • Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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.


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

The EU fee for this course is €10,630.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,490.


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. Apply online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

2. 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.

3. Application processing timeline

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

4. Rounds

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

Any questions? 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: CKL31 Supplementary Questions

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact