Specialist Diploma in Technology Commercialisation


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


Course Overview:

In today's fast-paced competitive environment, organisations both large and small face many challenges. Commercialising emerging technologies is just one of these challenges.  With the introduction of new technologies many organisations are often in the dark about what they should be doing or implementing for business process improvement. The Specialist Diploma in Technology Commericalisation seeks to improve Ireland’s expertise in Technology Commercialisation and to up-skill the next generation of individual entrepreneurs focused on high technology.


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 course is targeted at mid to upper level managers responsible for technology commercialisation, research program management and business development in both private and public sector organisations.  The diploma will be of interest to all industries with a keen interest in technology commercialisation and especially those organisations directly involved in innovation, marketing and technology.  The programme will support Irish companies in various sectors to specify and lead projects that will have commercial benefit.  It will increase international competitiveness through both its module content and project modules


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:

•Innovation and Technology Transfer
•Marketing Technology Products
•Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
•Technology Finance and Capital
•Company Project


The Diploma in Technology Commercialisation is designed to assist managers, scientists and engineers in supporting technology commercialisation activities, realise the potential of innovation and gain a greater understanding of the commercialisation process. This course will provide information and guidance to potential entrepreneurs and give Irish industry the business planning skills and knowledge needed to commercialise new technologies, products and services, and to secure project finance.


The programme includes a project module which supports the taught modules in a very practical way.  Participants will participate in project activities that will aid their understanding of the commercialisation options available to an identified venture.  It will also enhance their understanding of venture capital financing, along with business planning, business management, marketing and technology development.  It is envisaged that this course will also allow participants the opportunity to expand their networks with individuals, companies and agencies involved in Technology Commercialisation. 


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

•Develop an understanding of technology commercialisation.
•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.



Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and on-line learning together with a number of face-to-face/on-line tutorials. In addition, there are on-line 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 Technology Commercialisation.

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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