Course Overview

This postgraduate diploma (PDip) programme will assist you in:

  • Identifying and developing the skills to manage innovation at both operational and strategic levels in your organisation;
  • Familiarising yourself with business process improvement methods and simulation tools;
  • Presenting a professional innovative idea with the potential to improve business within your organisation.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

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 continuously assessed and is ideally based upon a project carried out within the student’s own organisation.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a First or Second Class Honours degree at undergraduate level in any discipline, with three years’ work experience; or an ordinary or third class honours degree with five years’ work experience; or a recognised professional qualification with five years’ work experience.

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

August 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Applications will open in April 2019 and places will be oered on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is Sunday 28 July 2019.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting



Course code

Not applicable

Course Outline

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).

The programme comprises 30 ECTS: There are four individual modules and a project to complete (modules = 5 ECTS each; company project = 10 ECTS). Modules/coursework comprise Managing Innovation, Product Design and Development, Project, Managing Technology Projects, Business Process Improvement, and the Company Project.

The programme is delivered using a combined approach of distance/online learning materials and 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 one Saturday per month on average. Seminars will be held on a rotating basis at NUI Galway, UL and UCC.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A wide range of career opportunities are open to graduates in areas such as research and development, production and operations management. The postgraduate diploma is applicable across a broad range of industry and service sectors. As the programme is delivered on a part-time basis, the majority of students are in full-time employment or actively seeking employment while partaking in the programme.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

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