Postgraduate Diploma (Technology Commercialisation)

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

The 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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree, First or Second Class Honours (or equivalent international qualification) in any discipline, along with three years of relevant industrial experience; or an Ordinary or Third Class Honours (or equivalent international qualification) undergraduate degree, along with five years of relevant industrial experience; or a recognised professional qualification and five years of relevant industrial experience.

Transfer Options: candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be interviewed by the Programme Board to ascertain their suitability for entry.

Duration: 1 year, part-time

Next start date: September 2014

Average intake: unlimited

Closing date: 27 June 2014

Mode of study: Blended learning

Course outline

The Diploma in Technology Commercialisation seeks to improve Ireland’s expertise in Technology Commercialisation and to upskill 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 gaining 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). The programme comprises 30 ECTS. There are four individual modules and a project to complete (modules = 5 ECTS each; company project = 10 ECTS.

The programme is delivered using a blended approach, that is, a combination of distance/online learning materials combined with face-to-face tutorials and seminars. The online element facilitates the learning in tandem with the distance education, hard copy materials and periodic classroom contact. Students will be required to attend seminars on average one Saturday per month. Seminars will be held on a revolving basis at NUI Galway, UL and UCC. 

Modules/coursework includes:

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

Applications and selections

Application forms and further application details are found on the programme website:

Requirements and assessment

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 based. 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.

Find out more

Dr. Niamh Nolan
Adult and Continuing Education Office
NUI Galway
T +353 91 493746

PAC code

Not applicable.

Fees for this course

Application forms and further application details are found on the programme website:


Or contact Dr. Niamh Nolan
Adult and Continuing Education Office
NUI Galway
T +353 91 493746