Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Commercialisation
The Diploma in Technology Commercialisation seeks to improve Ireland's expertise in Technology Commercialisation and to up-skill the next generation of entrepreneurs focused on new and emerging technologies. It provides information and guidance to potential entrepreneurs in business planning, securing project finance and the knowledge needed to commercialise new technologies, products and services. The programme is delivered in association with the University of Limerick (UL) and University College Cork (UCC) under the auspices of the Atlantic University Alliance (AUA).
This programme will assist students to:
• develop an understanding of the technology commercialisation process;
• identify 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;
• establish the importance of innovation in the exploitation of new technological developments and the transfer process for this technology to enable commercialisation;
• gain an understanding of the importance of intellectual property and patenting as a key element of commercialisation
Who is this course intended for?
The Diploma is delivered via blended learning in association with UL and UCC and is designed to assist managers, scientists and engineers who support technology commercialisation activities, to realise the potential of innovation and gain a greater understanding of the commercialisation process
An undergraduate Degree 1st or 2nd Class Honours in any discipline along with three years of relevant industrial experience; or Ordinary or 3rd Class Honours Undergraduate Degree along with five years of relevant industrial experience; or a recognised professional qualification along with five years of relevant industrial experience. Transfer Options: candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria for the Diploma may be interviewed by the Programme Board to ascertain their suitability for entry. On successful completion of the Diploma in Technology Commercialisation students may apply for entry to the MSc Technology Management with credit for related modules
1 year, part-time
Next start date: September 2012
ECTS weighting: 30
Average intake: Unlimited
NFQ level: 9
Through the programme students will participate in project activities that will assist their understanding of the commercialisation options available to an identified venture. It will also develop the students’ understanding of venture capital financing, business management, marketing and technology development. In addition, this course will provide invaluable networking opportunities with individuals, companies and agencies involved in technology commercialisation.
Modules titles are varied and include the following subject areas:
1. Innovation and Technology Transfer
2. Marketing Technology Products
3. Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
4. Technology Finance and Capital
5. Company Project
6. Industry Seminars
Applications and selections
Application forms are available on www.aua.ie. Return completed applications to the AUA Programme Coordinator. Closing date for receipt of applications is late June of the year in which the programme is offered
A number of free training places are available for unemployed students.
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Requirements and assessment
The Diploma programme runs over one academic year (two semesters). 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 orientated. 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 is delivered using a blended learning approach. This means that students can study at their own pace using a combination of distance/online materials, as well as attending face-to-face tutorials, seminars and study groups where they meet up with fellow students.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €3,950
"...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 [MSc Tech. Mgt] which I am now pursuing..."