Course Overview

You will develop an understanding of the technology commercialisation process. You will 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. You will establish the importance of innovation for the exploitation of new technological developments and the transfer process for this technology to enable commercialisation. You will gain an understanding of the importance of intellectual property and patenting as a key element of commercialisation.

Applications and Selections

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

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed through a combination of written assign-ments 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.

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.

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

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

24 June 2016

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting



PAC code

Not applicable.

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).

Modules/coursework includes:

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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available in both private and public sector organisations, particularly in those directly involved in innovation and marketing activities and in new or emerging technologies. As the programme is delivered on a part-time basis, the majority of students are in full-time employment or actively seeking employment while studying.

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

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

Find out More

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

What Our Students Say


Catriona 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..."

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.