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Postgraduate Certificate in
Innovation & Enterprise Development

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This course is now closed for 2022, and is expected to run again in 2023. Please express your interest below.

Qualification Postgraduate Level 9 (30 ECTS)
Delivery Part time, in person & online
Location Dublin (Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace)
Kildare (Merits, Innovation Thinkspace)
Duration 20 Weeks, Monday & Tuesday evenings
Course Fees €300 for eligible applicants in employment. Free to eligible unemployed applicants. See eligibility criteria
Course Content Module 1: Innovation and Creativity (In-person)
Module 2: Opportunity Recognition, Generation & Communication (Online)
Module 3: Enterprise Development (Online)
Key Dates Applications Close: 8th November 2022
Course Begins: 16th January 2023
Course Ends: 20th June 2023
Please note: places are offered on a rolling basis, and the course may close in advance of date listed.

Aimed at those who want to be job shapers and not seekers, Tangent’s part-time postgraduate certificate in Innovation & Enterprise Development (level 9) equips graduates with the creative confidence and skills required to translate ideas into innovative solutions.

You will learn the fundamentals of idea development, creative problem-solving and innovation. You will also learn how to recognise and communicate opportunities in a bid to introduce new and improved solutions in both new and established enterprises.

The course focuses strongly on experiential and action-led learning, and is taught via a combination of masterclasses, interactive workshops and projects. Graduates will develop their creative potential, their critical and lateral thinking and an understanding of the societal and economic value that can be achieved by applying an innovative approach in enterprise.


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Programme Content

During this course 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, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment while engaging in valuable peer-to-peer learning, you will experience the process of bringing an idea through from development to implementation:

Module 1: Innovation & Creativity

  • This module explores principles and practices associated with creativity and innovation. It exposes students to frameworks and methodologies for idea generation, problem solving and creative collaboration.

Module 2: Opportunity Generation, Recognition & Communication

  • This module provides students with the tools to generate and recognise entrepreneurial opportunity. There is also a focus on the communication and articulation of such opportunity in an influential manner.

Module 3: Enterprise Development

  • This module introduces students to the process involved in creating, leading and scaling an entrepreneurial start-up venture.

Course Dates & Location

Applications Close: 8th November 2022
Course Begins: 16th January 2023
Course Ends: 20th June 2023

Classes will take place in-person for module 1 and online for Module 2 & 3.

Dublin in-person classes will take place in Tangent, First Floor of Business School, Trinity campus, Dublin 2.

Kildare in-person classes will take place Merits Innovation Thinkspace, Naas, Co Kildare.

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.

Academic leads:

  • Jess Hayden
  • Lucy McKenna

Admission Requirements

Funding eligibility is as outlined the Springboard+ website.

Applicants must be in possession of a level 8 honours degree (or equivalent), 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 €300.

Contact us

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