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Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (MSc)


Programme Description

The MSc in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, known as the MSc(ICE), is a one-year, taught, multi-disciplinary master’s course. The MSc(ICE) will provide you with an integrated professional practice skill set in the theory and practice of innovation, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

This course is offered through UCC’s College of Business and Law and has been developed to meet the emerging opportunities presented by new technologies, growth in knowledge-based and service-based sectors, globalisation, and the increased focus on outsourcing by traditional enterprise. The MSc(ICE) course allows you to consider, create and grow entrepreneurial ventures, both within existing organisations and in high-tech start-ups.

This course will run over 12 months. Part I consists of 60 credits of taught modules delivered by departments within the College of Business and Law. Part II consists of a research project worth 30 credits, during which you will develop a technology-based business plan.


  • AC6301 Innovation Finance 
  • IS6307 Creativity and Opportunity Recognition 
  • LW6104 Intellectual Property Law for High-tech Entrepreneurs 
  • MG6705 Markets for High-tech Entrepreneurs 
  • MG6706 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Leadership 
  • MG6707 Building the New Venture Team 
  • AC6302 Early Stage Capital 
  • IS6306 Technology Business Planning 
  • IS6308 Accelerating a Technology Business
  • LW6105 New Business Governance and Regulation 
  • MG6703 Managing Organisational Innovation Practice
  • MG6704 Internationalisation and Sales


  • CO6301 Innovation Project (30 credits) - This project is supervised by academic and business mentors. You will work in groups to research and provide an innovative offering for an emerging market. Your output must include a detailed report and presentation to the potential investors.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Why Choose This Course

This course offers you the chance to improve your entrepreneurial skills. Two students from the inaugural intake of the MSc(ICE) have been highly commended at the recent Intel Challenge held in Poland.

MSc(ICE) students Gillian Barrett and Brian Corish produced the business plan for Zooplar which was the Irish nominee for the Intel completion. This followed their success at the Enterprise Ireland ‘Think Outside the Box’ Competition earlier in 2012.

Skills and Careers Information

If you are a science and technology graduate, the MSc(ICE) will provide you with a solid foundation in the commercial practice of innovation.

If you are a business graduate, the MSc(ICE) will provide you with first-hand experience of the technology commercialisation lifecycle.

Potential career paths available to you may include:

  • involvement with entrepreneurial venturing and business start-ups
  • operating within multi-national organisations as a member of an Innovation Management Team
  • operating within the management team of indigenous organisations (primarily SME in nature)
  • working in university technology transfer offices, with the venture capital community, or in government support agencies.
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Learning Outcomes

For MSc (Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Conduct research for business/policy sponsors and academic audiences;
  • Self-direct career development;
  • Understand the nature and processes of organisational innovation, technology commercialisation and venture creation.

For Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Conduct research for business/policy sponsors and academic audiences.
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Practicalities & Assessment

Dr Lawrence Dooley

Dr Brian O’Flaherty

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Part I

  • Strategy

    Part I

    Strategy (MG6309)

    To explore different ideas about how managers and leaders create strategies and strategic thinking capability.

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Year 1

  • Innovation Finance

    Year 1

    Innovation Finance (AC6301)

    The objective of this module is to anlayse some of the specific issues in valuing and financing of early stage companies.

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  • Early Stage Capital

    Year 1

    Early Stage Capital (AC6302)

    This module prepares innovators and entrepreneurs to understand the needs and requirements of outside suppliers of capital. Learn how to interact with outside advisors and negotiate with funding sources.

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  • Innovation Project

    Year 1

    Innovation Project (CO6301)

    To provide students with a practical understanding of bringing an innovative product, process or service nearer to market.

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  • Technology Business Planning

    Year 1

    Technology Business Planning (IS6306)

    To examine, critique and apply the main elements of business planning as it applies to technology focused ventures.

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  • Creativity and Opportunity Recognition

    Year 1

    Creativity and Opportunity Recognition (IS6307)

    To examine and apply creativity and hidden needs analysis methods in assessing the commercial potential of technology focused new ventures.

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  • Accelerating a Technology Business

    Year 1

    Accelerating a Technology Business (IS6308)

    To examine scaling strategies and business models that distinguish large successful technology companies.

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  • Principles of Intellectual Property Law

    Year 1

    Principles of Intellectual Property Law (LW6104)

    To provide students with an introduction to and understanding of the intellectual property issues arising in the protection and commercialisation of research.

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  • People and Organisations

    Year 1

    People and Organisations (MG6305)

    To provide an understanding of the changing relationship between employees and organisations, both historic and current.

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  • Internationalisation and Sales

    Year 1

    Internationalisation and Sales (MG6704)

    To provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges presented to technology companies operating in a global context.

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  • Marketing for Technology Entrepreneurs

    Year 1

    Marketing for Technology Entrepreneurs (MG6705)

    To provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject and practice of marketing today, in addition to examining future trends.

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

To apply for the MSc in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship:

  • Candidates must hold a primary degree with at least a 2H2.
  • Consideration may also be given to applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria, but who have a mimimum of three years relevant professional experience, subject to approval of the Programme Directors and the School of Business.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact

International students contact

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKL31 Supplementary Questions

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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