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Postgraduate Certificate in
Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

Innovation Pathways for Researchers

Qualification Postgraduate Level 9 Certificate (30 ECTS)
Delivery Blended. Mix of online and in person (circumstances permitting) class time and delivery. In-person sessions will be located on campus in Dublin.
Duration 20 weeks
Course Fees €2400 (EU) €4800 (non-EU). A limited number of sponsored places are available. These will be allocated subject to eligibility criteria* (see below).
Course Dates Course begins 28 March 2022
Course ends 5 August 2022
Course Content Module 1: Creative Thinking
Module 2: Innovation Pathways for Researchers
Module 3: Opportunity Generation and Recognition
Module 4: Leadership
Contact Dr Maeve O'Dwyer:

This course is currently closed for applications.

This programme is 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. The course offers a 30-credit 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.

Note: Applicants with the aspiration to engage in a research position will also be considered.


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Course Content

Module One: Creative Thinking (10 Credits)
This module opens up new ways of thinking creatively and offers the opportunity to learn and apply frameworks and tools to help you reconsider the way in which you approach your work. For example, understanding the ways in which you can develop and evolve ideas in teams, which will be interdisciplinary where possible, to allow you to break through subject-specific parameters in your thinking and learn to communicate your ideas effectively.

Module Two: Innovation Pathways for Researchers (10 Credits) This module will help you to identify how you want to employ or embed innovation and entrepreneurship. The module content will focus on personal narratives of innovation and entrepreneurship, including guest speakers from a variety of career pathways and entrepreneurship routes. Tools related to divergent and convergent thinking and emotional resilience will be explored, helping you understand how to apply the lessons learned from guest speakers.

Module Three: Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 credits) In this module, we will focus on ways in which entrepreneurship can be of value not just to those who wish to start a business based on their research, but to all researchers in a variety of ways. The focus will be on learning entrepreneurial skills which allow you to recognise, generate and articulate opportunities to achieve your goals. You will also learn how to communicate effectively with others for a specific purpose appropriate to your goals (i.e. funding pitch, public engagement with research, request for stakeholder/participant engagement, etc.)

Module Four: Leadership (5 credits) Whether as a Principal Investigator or Entrepreneur, leadership skills are essential to achieving your goals and communicating effectively with others, and many careers now involve working as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Not everyone will approach leadership or leadership roles in the same way- in this module we explore different leadership styles and help you to identify the frameworks and tools which best suit you.

Course Dates and Location

28 March - 5 August 2022, online via Blackboard

Eligibility / Admission Requirements

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.

All applicants should provide two references confirming their eligibility and suitability for the programme, which will be used to select the most suitable candidates. Applicants who are currently enrolled as PhD students at TCD should ensure that one of their references is completed by their doctoral supervisor or Director of Postgraduate Studies as appropriate.

Eligible applicants not admitted to the course will be placed on a waiting list. Students must have regular access to a computer with good internet connection. The computer should have both a microphone and camera.

Academic Staff / Contributors

The programme is led and facilitated by Dr Maeve O'Dwyer and incorporates a host of other contributors both from academia and industry. Each module has an Academic Lead.

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