Innovation and Entrepreneurship (External HCI/Non-HCI)

1 year part-time
Minimum 20Maximum 42 Places


This programme is designed for Masters by Research students, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career research staff from all disciplines and institutions across Ireland who wish to explore innovation pathways and entrepreneurial characteristics as part of a cohort of fellow researchers.  

Funding is available for non-TCD applicants who can meet the HCI eligibility criteria, offering a significant discount on the programme fee. All applicants must ensure they will be able to attend in-person classes at Tangent, however, the majority of classes take place online. See our webpage or get in touch for more information.

The course offers a 30 ECTS learning journey in four modules, taking you step by step through the skills, tools and frameworks you need to make innovation and entrepreneurship work for you and your research journey. It starts with fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills as part of high performing multi-disciplinary research teams, and then over the duration of the programme, you begin to apply your learning to your individual context and goals. 

Tangent is Trinity’s space for creative thinking and entrepreneurship, and this programme offers you the opportunity to connect with researchers from different institutions, different career stages, and different disciplines, who are all seeking to apply entrepreneurial skills towards their research goals, whether that be commercialisation of research, effective communication, problem-solving and more.  

Featuring a range of guest speakers and offering you time in your diary to think harder about your goals and how to achieve them, this programme offers you the support you need to pursue success. Click here to find out more about the programme, including feedback from our alumni, on the Tangent webpage. 

Career Opportunities

Designed for Masters by Research students, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career research staff from all disciplines who wish to explore innovation pathways, graduates of this course have established new venture start-ups and gained employment across a number of industries, nationally and internationally.

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Course Details

Number of Places

Minimum 20Maximum 42 Places

Next Intake

 January 2023

Course Director

Dr Maeve O’Dwyer

Closing Date

28th February 2023

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Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are confined to Masters by Research, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and research staff. Applicants should hold a level 8 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline from a recognised third level institution. Applicants who do not fit these criteria will be assessed on an individual basis in line with Trinity RPL policy by the Dean of Graduate Studies.  

As part of the admissions process, applicants will be required to submit a 1-page personal statement outlining their motivation to undertake the programme, CV, and two academic references confirming their eligibility and suitability for the programme.  

Applicants based at Trinity College Dublin should visit the Tangent webpage for more specific information and to apply. The apply link below is for non-TCD applicants only. All applicants wishing to learn more about possible funding should get in touch at


To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

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