Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) [September 2017]

Trinity College Dublin (DPCIA-CTIE-1P09-r)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime



ECTS Credits



Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Skills Area

Business and Entrepreneurship

General Information

Catherine O'Brien



+353 1 896 4831


Trinity College Dublin

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

This Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a Level 9 qualification that focuses on the continuing professional development (CPD) of professional women and men who wish to return to the workplace after a career break often due to caring obligations. This programme offers a unique combination of soft transferrable skills involving building confidence and overcoming psychological barriers to returning to work in addition to entrepreneurial modules on Planning Your Venture, Finance and Intellectual Property. The aim of this programme is not only to facilitate participants to return to work but to excel once back.

Entry Requirements

Entry requires a NFQ Level 8 qualification. Other applicants may be considered in exceptional circumstances based on workplace experience.

Long Description

This Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Returners) offers participants the opportunity to develop their creative potential by acquiring a range of problem solving and lateral thinking skills. Students experience and engage in the innovation process through interacting with entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment. Working within multidisciplinary teams, participants develop an entrepreneurial mindset and a clear understanding of the societal, social and economic value associated with innovation. Students engage in an-depth industry project or Returnships hosted by private or public enterprise. Participants learn to communicate and interact with industry collaborators, they begin to appreciate the process involved in bringing an idea through to application. They develop and entrepreneurial mindset, increasing their value to potential employers and/or carefully positioning them to plan a venture of their own. This programme will be supported by a range of startup and career development services both from within Trinity and from the wider ecosystem.

Career Opportunities

In today's workplace, companies require more from employees than simply knowledge and experience. While hard skills may get a potential candidate to the interview stage, they alone will not guarantee a person employment. However, combining these with specific "soft skills" can move an applicant from being a strong candidate to a potential co-worker. Likewise, a self-employed person must, in order to gain a competitive edge, know how to handle themselves in a work environment and in their dealings with customers and colleagues.

This programme offers participants the opportunity to develop the personal qualities of responsibility, sociability, self-management and integrity. Specifically participants develop the following soft skills essential to any employer:

Communication Skills: The ability to be articulate when speaking but also have the ability to listen.
Leadership: To acquire leadership and negotiation skills and to to be sensitive to cultural diversity. To lead as well as follow and to work to tight deadlines.
Adaptability: To be flexible enough to adapt and change in a dynamic work environment. To engage problem solving abilities to tackle real world challenges.
Teamwork: The ability to work well in dynamic group settings and exercise cooperation and compromise.
Integrity & Work Ethic: Maintaining a positive attitude and good work ethic.

Timetable Info

This programme will run on a part time basis (Every Thursday & Friday) for 18 weeks, starting in September.

Delivery Location

Trinity College Dublin

Delivery Notes

This programme will run on a part time basis (Every Thursday & Friday) for 18 weeks, starting in September.

Admissions Contact Details

Catherine O'Brien


Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
College Green
Dublin 2, Ireland


+353 1 896 4831


RPL Information

Application Procedures

You must apply online via

The Innovation Academy will not accept or respond to direct email applications.

As part of your application, you must upload a current CV and letter of motivation (1 page).

Creative Thinking at Trinity

A peek inside the Innovation Academy classroom