Postgraduate
MSc Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

University College Cork

Course Overview


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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 18,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • 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.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum 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.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: DET 100-110 + Skills Check, DET 115 or more eligible for full offer.
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: TOEFL 80; Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 59 Minimum individual sections 51
UK Examining Boards/Bodies:
GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
CSE Grade 1 Pass in English
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


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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