Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management

Course overview

Students of the Diploma in Innovation Management will learn about innovation and change and how it affects business operations.   They will gain knowledge of new process technologies that contribute to improving operational efficiency and competitiveness in their organisations.   The programme will address the effective management of new product innovation strategies and identify appropriate business process improvements to facilitate the introduction of such change.   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:

  • identify and develop 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 within their organisation.

Who is this course intended for?


The programme is targeted at managers responsible for innovation in their organisations. The programme will also appeal to those who have experience in a non-management area, but wish to increase their skills and knowledge to launch their own enterprises or introduce new products or services to the market.   The programme ensures that students are innovation focused and assists them in the development of an entrepreneurial culture within their organisation

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.

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 dateAUA webpage.

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Blended Learning

Course outline

The programme content is extensive and varied and includes the following modules plus a project which pro vides students with an opportunity to apply the module theories and concepts in a practical setting.

  1. Managing Innovation
  2. Improving Business Processes
  3. Managing Technology Projects
  4. Product Design and Development
  5. Company Project
  6. Industry Seminars

Applications and selections

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year.  You must apply before 28th June, 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, Nuns' Island


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.


Fees for all Adult Learning and Professional Development courses

Current students

Ed Purtill

"...I found the Diploma in Innovation Management to be very stimulating and applicable to my role. I found that after each subject there was a new initiative I had begun or that I had a renewed professional interest in certain aspects of my organisation's business. As I have now progressed onto the MSc in Technology Management, I can now appreciate that the diploma was a good way of gradually reintroducing myself back into third level education..."