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 course will address the effective management of new product innovation strategies and identify appropriate business process improvements to facilitate the introduction of such change. The course 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 course 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.

Applications and Selections

Applications are now closed for 2018/19 academic year.

An application fee of €30 applies, payable by debit or credit card.

Course quotas will be reviewed during the application period, at the dates indicated below. As courses may fill before the final deadline you are advised to apply as early as possible.

Application review dates:  Sunday 13 May 2018  |  Sunday 24 June 2018  |  Sunday 29 July 2018

IMPORTANT: You must upload supporting documentation as listed below with your application. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

  • Official qualifications and exam results (transcripts) of your highest qualification to date and any other relevant awards. Applicants who are yet to graduate must upload transcripts on receipt
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A copy of your passport or birth certificate
  • Evidence of English language competency for non-native speakers. See English language competency requirements for details


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

The Diploma course 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 course 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

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


1 year, part-time

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Course Outline

The course 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

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (30 Credits)

Required MG690: In Company Project

15 months long | Credits: 10

The student completes a research/practical project in the area of Technology Commercialisation or Innovation Management. This module gives a student the opportunity to further develop novel technologies that are near-commercialization or start at the very beginning of identifying what needs to be done to get to commercialisation stage. This project may allow you to support research/development in all areas of technology including medical devices, electronics, software, communications, engineering, etc. This project module can give an opportunity to look at innovation projects that are integrated into the business at both strategic and operational levels.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify a suitable project relevant to the area of Innovation, Technology Commercialisation or to a new business/entrepreneurial idea or concept
  2. Specify the scope of the proposed project or study in terms of a project definition, objectives and outcomes
  3. Apply the appropriate tools, methods, techniques and technologies in the development and management of the project related to the course
  4. Make comprehensive recommendations on further work necessary on the project or which would improve the outcome
  5. Publish a project report on the research, methodology, conduct and findings of the project
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG690: "In Company Project" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG662: Managing Innovation

15 months long | Credits: 5

Innovation is crucial to the creation and development of organisations. Research has shown that the successful management of innovation can yield positive outcomes, yet the process of innovation management can often be misunderstood or poorly incorporated into business practices. This module is an introduction to the building-blocks of innovation management for organisations. It looks at the nature of innovation and examines different types of innovation. It explores the innovation management process from start to finish. The module covers topics such as: sources of new ideas, effective selection and portfolio processes, and the challenge of implementation. These innovation processes operate in a context defined through the interaction of people, technology and organisational goals, or more concisely, the innovation strategy of the company. As part of your learning, you will consider some of the key contemporary issues in innovation management such as the increasing trend towards accessing ideas and expertise from outside the organisation, and the need for organisations to develop capabilities in managing alliances and open innovation mechanisms. The module discusses the growing importance of innovation in services; the role of leadership in supporting innovation performance and the use of formal knowledge management systems to capture and leverage learning. The module is also designed to develop the learners’ understanding of the challenges of achieving an innovative organisation that is efficient at both exploiting current advantages and exploring for new opportunities.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify different kinds of innovation and innovation strategy
  2. Manage the innovation process from generation to selection and implementation
  3. Motivate and organise people for innovation and learning
  4. Apply new organisational forms for innovation
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG662: "Managing Innovation" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG616: Improving Business Processes

Semester 2 | Credits: 5

When trying to improve a process, one must understand the entire process from start to finish before making any changes. This module provides students with a detailed strategic process to implement the Business Process Management (BPM) discipline within an organisation. The BPM lifecycle is a continuous improvement procedure that can be utilised across all processes. Students will learn how to map a process, AS-IS and TO-BE, identify potential improvements, assess and implement those improvements, and finally monitor the progress by developing key process indicators. Even with so many processes, when a set of well tested steps are followed, there is less duplicated effort, resulting in staff and customers satisfaction.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the root cause of poor performance within a process
  2. Apply modelling tools and techniques in analysing business processes in an organisation
  3. Demonstrate an independent research in the development and / or application of business process improvement tools and methodologies
  4. Strategically apply improvements to a process
  5. Assess and monitor the quality of improvements by implementing Key Process Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG616: "Improving Business Processes" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required IE620: Managing Technology Projects

15 months long | Credits: 5

Projects are becoming an increasingly important part of how all organisations across industry sectors do business. The primary objective of this module is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to apply project management principles, tools and techniques to deliver value to the organisation. The module will explain the role of the project manager, and provide learners with skills and knowledge to perform this role in dealing with stakeholders’ needs and expectations, developing project plans and executing them in an efficient and effective manner.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Compare and contrast various project management approaches and appreciate the appropriate application of each
  2. Evaluate governance structures, roles and responsibilities designed to support the delivery of value through projects
  3. Identify, and collaborate with, key project stakeholders to elicit their requirements and set project objectives
  4. Organise project information and develop project plans to meet project objectives
  5. Develop frameworks to control projects and monitor performance
  6. Disseminate project information effectively and efficiently to manage stakeholder's needs and expectations
  7. Judge how projects are consistent with the goals and strategies of the organisation
  8. Empathise with the needs of project stakeholders and assess the broader impact of projects on the organisation and beyond
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module IE620: "Managing Technology Projects" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG618: User Centred Design

Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module cover why and how to put the human user of systems, services and products at the centre of the design process. It explores the user-centered design paradigm from a broad perspective, emphasizing how user research and prototype assessment can be integrated into different phases of the design process. Students learn to think like a user-centered designer and carry out activities that are key to user-centered design. Topics include: Introducing the User Centred Design process; Introducing the Basic Psychology of the User; Introducing Cognition - how we problem solve in completing tasks; Introducing Anthropometrics and ergonomics - how our bodies influence how we can interact with systems and devices; Case studies in User Centred Design of systems, services and products.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand and Explain the User Centred Design process
  2. Understand and explain how Psychology, Cognition and Anthropometrics influence how we can interact with systems, services and products
  3. Describe the issues and challenges to achieving a human-centered design process.
  4. Given a problem setting, critically evaluate the appropriateness of potential design methodologies such as contextual design, scenario-based design, participatory, etc.
  5. Gather useful information about users and activities through observation and systematic inquiry.
  6. Use, adapt and extend classic design standards, guidelines, and patterns.
  7. Explain using Case Studies how a User Centred Design produces a positive Use Experience
  8. Create a prototype for a small system and plan and perform a usability evaluation
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
The above information outlines module MG618: "User Centred Design" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional IE651: Product Design and Development

15 months long | Credits: 5

This module gives an introduction to New Product (New Service) Development techniques and tools commonly used by innovative companies that successfully earn a significant proportion of their revenues from recently launched new products or services. Topics covered include: NPD processes and Organisations, Opportunity Identification, Product Planning, New Product Ideas – End User Needs, Product Specifications, Product Concept Generation, Concept Selection and Testing, Product Architecture and Industrial Design, DFE, DFM, Prototyping & Robust Product Design.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the concepts of new product development (NPD) and New Service Development (NSD)
  2. Understand the management processes commonly employed to design and develop new products and services
  3. Gain a knowledge of each stage of the NPD process within an organisation from ideation, through to commercialisation
  4. Provide an overview of the product development organisation and the environment in which new products are developed
  5. Understand NPD trends and tools used by Product Developers
  6. Gain an understanding of the critical success factors in the NPD process
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module IE651: "Product Design and Development" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the course are working in areas such as research and development, production and operations management and across a broad range of industry and service sectors.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The course is targeted at managers responsible for innovation in their organisations. The course 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 course ensures that students are innovation focused and assists them in the development of an entrepreneurial culture within their organisation.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,950 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€4,450 p.a.

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
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Niamh Nolan

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 493746

Aisling Monahan
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 495698

What Our Students Say


Ed Purtill |   Current Student

...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...