Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship )

University College Cork (PCICE)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Certificate (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


General Information

Lorna Moloney





Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,



UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (PG Cert (ICE)), is a part-time taught, multi-disciplinary course that provides participants with an integrated professional practice skill-set in the theory and practice of innovation, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship. The PG Cert (ICE) is a 30 credit level 9 course that allows students consider, create and grow entrepreneurial ventures, while building the skills required to explore self-employment as a career option, specifically PG Cert (ICE) will give provide students with the transferable, multidisciplinary skills to set up and run their own business.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a 2H2 primary degree, but Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be recognised in line with UCC's RPL equivalence policy.

Long Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship offers modules include Marketing, Creativity, Intellectual property, legal aspects of startups, Finance, Sales and Business Planning. The blended and action centred learning approach is practise oriented and all modules will focus on the development of the student's business idea. The key outcome of the programme is to get graduates incubator-ready, so they can meaningfully engage with the local ecosystem and have the required skills to progress their businesses.

The objective of this programme is to provide students with the skills and supportive environment to consider a career change and with unprecedented unemployment rates during the COVID pandemic, this is an opportune time for experienced people, who are economically effected as a consequence of lockdowns, to explore self-employment. Mentoring from stakeholders, as well as soft-skills development workshops from UCC's Career Service, will complement the formal teaching of business and law modules.

Students will complete 30 credits as follows:
Innovation Finance (5 credits)
Creativity and Opportunity Recognition (5 credits)
Technology Business Planning (5 credits)
IT Solution Selling and Digital Business (5 credits)
Principles of Intellectual Property Law (5 credits)
Marketing for Entrepreneurs (5 credits)

To offer a sustainable pathway to students, it is critical that the programme is embedded in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The programme team has already established partnerships to assist programme participants to progress their entrepreneurial ambitions, including with IGNITE, the graduation incubation centre at UCC, and externally with the Cork City Local Area Enterprise Office (LEO).

Why Choose This Course

Within the Cork region, UCC plays a key role in the local ecosystem; the Business School delivers entrepreneurship education, while IGNITE (the University's Graduate Incubation programme) is partially funded and supported extensively by the Cork City Local Enterprise Office (LEO). It is appropriate that this initiative is supported by the IGNITE programme and the Local Enterprise Office, who have agreed to deliver guest lectures on the programme to showcase the real-world experience of entrepreneurs. If participants are making good progress then the Local Enterprise Office may assign mentors to accelerate their business progression. The metric of success for this programme will be the number of graduates who become LEO clients and ultimately go on the start their own business.

Career Opportunities

A dedicated UCC CAREER COACH will work with students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with:
• Selecting the most suitable course and transitioning into university;
• The development of their job readiness;
• Their ultimate transition into employment/furthering existing careers.
The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the eligible applicants for the 2021 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment.

The University will provide both online and one-to-one guidance and support to prospective and incoming students in relation to potential career options and outcomes for their course(s) of interest prior to registration. The dedicated Springboard Careers coach will assist individuals in selecting a course that is closely aligned with their own skills, strengths, and personal career goals and objectives.

In terms of job readiness training, main activities will include:
1. ONE TO ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
• Where they are now in their careers;
• Where they want to be;
• Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2021 applicants.
2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to compliment individual coaching sessions will be delivered focusing on positioning oneself for job readiness and moving forward into a job. Small group workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, and to develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.
3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
• Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
• Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies. Past UCC Springboard students attended talks delivered by Voxpro, Biomarin, Cork Local Enterprise Office, among others.
• Meet with employers for informational interviews.

Students will be enrolled on an online 5 credit module entitled CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS. The objective of this module is to provide essential training in professional career management skills to assist students in actively planning and preparing for their future careers – whether that involves returning to the workplace after a period of unemployment/absence, or changing role/company for those who are already in employment. Module Content will include:
• Assessing job readiness;
• Exploring self-awareness and setting realistic career objectives;
• Understanding your strengths, development needs, opportunities and threats;
• Developing a career-management strategy and identifying career goals;
• Creative job-hunting both online and offline;
• Written applications, CVs and interview preparation;
• Implementing career plans.

Delivery Notes

Blended: 50% online and 50% in-class

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney


Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,





Application Procedures

In advance of applying for this course, please familiarise yourself with the programme entry requirements detailed on this page, as well as the Springboard+ eligibility criteria outlined at

To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:

1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
- You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
- You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
- You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
- You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
- You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
- If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted.
- If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

Please ensure that you have ALL of the following documentation available at the time of application:

1. Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous educational qualifications that demonstrate how you meet the programme entry requirements.

2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.

3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.

4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, self-employed, unemployed, or returner. Please see for acceptable documentation for each category.

5. Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate for non-native English speakers demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements.

6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated. To create a zip file in Windows:
1. Select the files you want to add to the zip file. Selecting files.
2. Right-click one of the files. A menu will appear.
3. In the menu, click Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.
4. A zip file will appear. If you want, you can type a new name for the zip file.


No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).

Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €325. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.


Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received.

We envisage three rounds of offers for successful applicants on July 14th, July 28th and August 16th. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed asap to afford them the opportunity to apply for alternative courses.

Eligibility for Springboard+ course will be checked at application stage and at course registration - proof of status must be provided on each occasion. Further verification checks will occur at least twice during the year where students will be expected to confirm their registration and status on the Springboard+ website.