Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Commercialisation

Course overview

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

Key facts

Entry requirements

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.

Alternative Entry Route: 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.

Students who successfully complete their Postgraduate Diploma with an average grade 2.1 honours may apply for entry to the MSc Technology Management with credit for related modules.

Additional requirements


Duration: 1 year, part-time

Next start date: 29th August, 2015

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date AUA webpage.

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Blended learning

Course outline

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

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year.  You must apply before 28thJune, 2015, we advise you to apply early as applications will be reviewed and decisions sent to applicants in April, May and July. Submit your online application at


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:

-          Job-seekers Benefit

-          Job-seekers Allowance

-          One-parent family allowance

-          Disability allowance

-          Community Employment Scheme

-          or signing for social insurance contribution credits

2015-2016 Fee Scholarship Application Form

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. Supporting documentation relating to the above eligibility categories will be required as part of your scholarship application (e.g. a letter from the Dept. of Social Protection).

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.

Find out more

Niamh Nolan

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
T: 091 493746

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €3,950 p.a. 2015/16 (inclusive of Levy)
Non-EU (Total): €4,450 p.a. 2015/16 (inclusive of Levy)

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.


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Current students

Caitriona Conneely

"...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..."

Past student

John Murphy

GE Capital Aviation Services Ltd.

“I took on the challenge of the Diploma in Technology Commercialisation programme to put some “current theory behind 25+ years of practice” and the results have been both of personal development and an extremely rewarding journey. I would strongly recommend this programme to anyone that is interested in becoming a more valuable “business resource” within your organisation or significantly enhancing your CV for career advancement”.