Specialist Diploma in Innovation Management


(Postgraduate NFQ Level 9) (On-line / Distance Learning)


Course Overview:

For Irish companies to achieve sustainable competitive advantage, it is vital that systems to optimize innovation are built on a foundation of knowledge management and active intellectual asset management. Key individuals must develop the necessary skills to foster innovation within their own organisations, complimented with the ability to maximise the benefit of this innovation to their organisations.  The Specialist Diploma in Innovation Management aims to improve Ireland's expertise in Innovation Management by providing carefully tailored learning which will ensure individuals are innovation focused, leading to the development of an entrepreneurial culture within their organisations. 


This programme forms part of the MSc in Technology Management. Those who have completed this programme may continue on to the MSc and will be eligible for exemptions from the modules completed as part of this Specialist Diploma.



The programme is a 1-year, part-time, blended learning programme, running from September to June.  The programme is delivered using a blended approach, that is, a combination of self-instructional materials, online learning activities, face-to-face tutorials and seminars.


For Whom:

The Diploma in Innovation Management is targeted at mid to upper level managers responsible for innovation in their organisations or at those who have an interest in introducing innovation into their organisation both in private and public sector organisations. The Programme will also appeal to those who have experience or academic credentials such as degrees or diplomas in non-management areas and wish to gain the skills and knowledge to launch their own enterprises or introduce new products or services to the market. 


Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate Degree 1st or 2nd Class Honours in any discipline along with 1 year of relevant industrial experience; or) Ordinary or 3rd Class Honours Undergraduate Degree along with 3 years of relevant industrial experience; or) a Recognised Professional Qualification along with 3 years of relevant industrial experience. 


Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be interviewed by the Programme Board to ascertain their suitability for the programme.


Programme Structure:

The programme comprises four taught modules and a company based project as well as industry seminars.

•Managing Innovation
•Improving Business Processes
•Managing Technology Projects
•Product Design and Development
•Company Project


The aim of the programme is to facilitate innovation management learning amongst the participants and in turn to promote an awareness of business innovation.  It will equip participants with state of the art reference material to support module topics such as innovation management, product design and development, enterprise modeling and simulation as well as managing technology projects.   Participants will learn about innovation and change, and how it effects business operations.  They will seek to identify new process technologies that are appropriate to their industry and that will contribute to improving operational efficiency and competitiveness.  The programme will also address how to manage new product innovation strategies and process technologies effectively, and identify appropriate business process improvements to facilitate the introduction of such technologies.


On completion of the course participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to:

•Identify, develop and understand the skills necessary to manage innovation at both operational and strategic levels in their organisation.
•Familiarise themselves with business process improvement methods and simulation tools.
•Present a professional innovative idea to their peers with the potential to improve business at their organisation.



Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and online learning together with a number of face-to-face / on-line tutorials.  In addition, there are online discussions moderated by a subject matter expert on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants.


Further Information

This programme is run under the Atlantic University Alliance (AUA), which is a consortium of three Universities on the Atlantic coast of Ireland – NUI Galway, the University of Limerick and University College Cork.

Please visit the AUA Programme Page website for further details relating to the Diploma in Innovation Management.

Programme Fees:

Fees for the programme are €3,950.



Applications are to be made through the AUA website .The final date for submission of applications is generally late June of the year in which the course is offered.

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