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Postgraduate Certificate in
Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Funded via Springboard

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, looking to upskill or are returning to the workplace, this programme offers you the opportunity to acquire a range of problem solving, creative and lateral thinking skills in a hands-on, experiential learning environment.

You will explore the changing nature of the workplace, learning how to recognise, generate and communicate opportunities. You will develop an entrepreneurial mind-set, thus increasing your value to potential employers and / or positioning you to plan a venture of your own.

Engaging with real entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in a dynamic yet informal learning environment, students simulate the 21st century workplace environment by working on real-life innovation Industry projects, designing creative solutions for actual challenges faced by host organisations.


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Programme Overview

This Level 9 qualification focuses on the continuing professional development of individuals who are seeking a return to the workplace, have an idea for a business or are considering a new career direction.

This programme will provide students with a unique combination of transferable skills for an ever changing business landscape such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, intra-personal skills and information literacy and help to address and overcome the psychological barriers of returning to work or starting a business.

Course Content

Module 1: Career Pathways and Returning to Work

  • Developing the personal qualities of responsibility and self-management using innovation and creativity.
Module 2: Enterprise Development

  • Examining the process involved in creating, leading and scaling a new venture or initiative.
Module 3: Opportunity Generation and Recognition

  • Provide students with the tools to recognise and generate opportunities for innovation.

Course Dates & Location

This part-time programme will run from October 2021 to March 2022. Closing date for applications is 23rd August 2021.

This course will be held online using Blackboard, Trinity's virtual learning platform. All students are expected to have access to a laptop or PC, a working webcam, and the internet. There will be opportunities to participate in in-person classes too, subject to and dependent on Trinity Directive and Government Policy at the time. These in-person classes are not mandatory.

This course is 20-weeks' long.

The timetable for this course can be accessed here.

Careers & Career Opportunities

Students will be empowered to identify relevant career pathways and returning to work, by developing the skill to remaster their CV in addition to developing the confidence to overcome any psychological and/or practical barriers they face.

Participants get the opportunity to develop highly sought soft skills essential to any employer in today’s highly competitive marketplace:

  • Communication: The ability articulate your value proposition and to listen and learn;
  • Leadership: Leadership and negotiation skills which are key when working in multidisciplinary and multicultural work environments;
  • Adaptability: Being agile to adapt to demanding, changing and dynamic work environments;
  • Teamwork: Working in and leading high performance teams;
  • Integrity & Work Ethic: Maintaining a positive attitude and good work ethic.

Eligibility / Admission Requirements

Funding eligibility is as outlined the Springboard website and can be found on this link.

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). Please click here for further information.

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

Academic Staff / Contributors

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

  • Vicky McEvoy
  • Gillian Roddie
  • Rosemary Deneher
  • Daniel Rogers, PhD

How To Apply?

Applications for 2021/2022 are now open on the Springboard website and can be accessed here.

To register your interest in this course you can fill out this form.

Course fees:

  • 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 €400.

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


Eugene Bent
2018 participant, Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I would strongly recommend the Trinity's Postgraduate course in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It combines excellent guest lecturers and committed course leaders with in-depth peer to peer learning in an immersive and stimulating programme that has both academic and practical benefit

Davina Brady
2018 participant, Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I would advise anyone to do it, I actually wish it was longer.

Gerry O'Riordain
2018 participant, Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course is fantastic - I can't recommend it highly enough. I learnt so much on the course from design thinking, handling intellectual property issues to setting up your own business. The course is intense but always presented in a positive fashion. All the lecturers from within the college or outside were very interesting and always approachable. The trinity team were excellent, very positive and always so helpful. Finally my classmates, I was so lucky we just clicked from day one and struck up a bond that I'm sure will last a lifetime! This course will push you outside your comfort zone and if you are halfway interested, just go for it!

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