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Postgraduate Certificate in
Climate Entrepreneurship

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Please note: places are offered on a rolling basis, and the course may close in advance of date listed

Qualification Postgraduate Level 9 (30 ECTS)
Delivery Part time, in person & online
Duration 18 Weeks
Course Fees €375 for eligible applicants in employment. Free to eligible unemployed applicants. See eligibility criteria
Course Content Module 1: Systems Innovation for Positive Climate Action
Module 2: Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Module 3: Climate Enterprise Development
Key Dates Applications Close: 16th August 2022
Course Begins: 24th September 2022
Course Ends: 23rd March 2023
Please note: places are offered on a rolling basis, and the course may close in advance of date listed.

Tackling climate change needs innovative solutions and creative thinking to reduce the risk to our future, improve environmental sustainability and empower individuals, businesses and society to play their part. If you have a desire to make an impact by putting ideas into action, this course will equip you with the skills, confidence and networking you need. On completing the course, you will be prepared to plan and develop a sustainable venture or project that contributes to climate change mitigation and drive economic development.

Developed in collaboration with the School of Natural Sciences and Tangent, Trinity' Ideas Workspace, this Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Entrepreneurship brings together experts to deliver and exciting and dynamic programme through an integrated multidisciplinary approach. Graduates will develop entrepreneurial skills that can be applied to any aspect of climate action. They will be given critical and lateral thinking skills and an understanding of the societal and economic value that can be achieved by applying an innovative approach to the global challenge.

This course will support flexibility in learning opportunities. Strong focus is placed on experiential and action-focused learning on the programme, which is taught via a combination of masterclasses, workshops and project-based learning. A part-time course run over 24 weeks with teaching two evenings a week, students are given the opportunity to develop new skills while continuing employment. Funded under the Government’s HEA Springboard+ programme, the course is free to eligible candidates.

Programme Overview

On this programme, you will learn the fundamentals of idea development, creative problem solving and innovation. You will be able to identify and respond to today’s climate action opportunities and value in a focused manner. You will be equipped with the entrepreneurial skills to introduce new and improved solutions to today's climate change impacts and the future environmental risks.

You will learn to approach problem solving in an innovative way, by using tools and techniques to brainstorm new ideas and applying lateral thinking. By engaging with entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment, you will learn the fundamentals of both and by availing of valuable peer-to-peer learning you will experience the process of bringing an idea through from development through to implementation.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to contribute to climate change goals as set out by government by equipping you with:

  • a set of frameworks and tools to identify and generate entrepreneurial opportunities that will have a positive impact on climate change
  • the skills to plan and develop strategies, action plans or sustainable ventures that contribute to climate change mitigation and drive economic development
  • the ability to analyse theoretical concepts associated with systems innovation and entrepreneurship in relation to climate change
  • the communication skills to interact with stakeholders and enable behavioural changeseract with multiple stakeholders, enable behavioural changes and explain their influence to drive position climate action
  • the knowledge & skills to evaluate ethical, social, commercial and political factors in decision making to support climate entrepreneurship

Programme Content

Module 1: Systems Innovation for Positive Climate Action (10 ECTS)

This module explores principles and practices associated with systems thinking in the context of climate change and how processes of systems innovation and creativity can support positive climate action.

Module 2 - Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation (10 ECTS)

This module enables students identify opportunities for entrepreneurship that can positively impact climate change. You will gain an understanding of the value of entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialisation and its potential to positively impact climate change and sustainability.

Module 3 - Climate Enterprise Development (10 ECTS)

This module introduces the process involved in creating, leading and scaling an entrepreneurial start-up venture and developing a sustainable green business.

Course Dates & Location

Course Begins 26th September 2022
Course Ends: 16th April 2023

Classes will take place in-person at Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace, and online. See timetable here.

Academic Staff / Contributors

The programme is led and facilitated by Gillian Roddie and incorporates a host of other contributors both from academia and industry.

  • Prof Quentin Crowley
  • Dr Daniel Rogers
  • Ms Rosemary Deneher
  • Ms Gillian Roddie

Admission Requirements

Funding eligibility is as outlined the Springboard+ website.

Applicants must be in possession of a level 8 honours degree (or equivalent) with grade 2.1 or higher, in any discipline from a recognised institution. Those with demonstrated entrepreneurship aspirations will be prioritised.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may still be considered if they can demonstrate their suitability for the course based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) under Trinity’s RPL policy and procedures.

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present qualifications in the English language that pass the grades set by IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent).

All students are required to have a laptop or a PC, a webcam and stable Internet connection.


Applications are made through the Springboard+ website.

Springboard+ covers 100% of course fees for eligible, unemployed applicants who are successful in their application. Springboard+ covers 90% of course fees for eligible, employed applicants who are successful in their application. The remaining 10% course fee is €375.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Jane Flanagan, Student Recruitment Officer, on (086) 0 320 487 or or via email.