Innovation in its broadest sense
At the Innovation Academy, innovation is taken in its broadest sense, encompassing the creative arts, social entrepreneurship, engineering, technology and business.
Our programmes are delivered by academic staff drawn from diverse disciplines, who are active in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as senior advisors and practitioners in public and private sector organisations in Ireland and internationally. There is an emphasis on workshops and problem-based learning within multidisciplinary teams.
Education and Training
Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (30 ECTS)
The Postgraduate Certificate has a flexible structure, comprising two core modules and three specialised modules, which can be taken on a flexible schedule throughout the academic year.
Students take part in workshops, seminars, practical challenges, design thinking and innovation projects. There is an intensive, experiential programme with the aim of introducing students to creative thinking within teams and the basic concepts of entrepreneurship.
Jointly awarded by Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast.
Take a Module!
Creative Thinking & Innovation (10 ECTS)
This module is full time for 3 weeks. The first week introduces the fundamentals of design thinking in multi-disciplinary teams. Working in a team, you’ll embark on a short, intensive project with a mentor from public or private sectors and pitch your ideas in the final week.
Students learn in a fun and transformative hands-on environment through workshops, experimental challenges and discussion with peers and experts. This is a full-time module, Mon-Fri, 9-5, for 3 weeks.
This module runs 5 – 23 February 2018.
Opportunity Generation & Recognition (5 ECTS)
Learn to communicate the social impact of your research in accessible ways to a non-expert audience. Produce a 1-minute video for use at conferences or to enhance your professional profile. Work with journalists and writers to make your work jargon-free and powerful.
Students gain a better understanding of the social context of their work, as well as the self-awareness and confidence to communicate in engaging ways. It is a full-time module, Mon-Fri, 9-5 each day for 1 week.
This module runs 9 – 13 October 2017.
Leadership Development (5 ECTS)
What kind of leader do you want to be? This module uses a rich mix of inputs to challenge assumptions and stimulate ideas for personal development. Gain a better understanding of what motivates some to follow and others to lead.
Students are introduced to a set of leadership practices for effective teams and collaborative working. This module is taught in Queen’s University Belfast. Bursaries are available for travel and accommodation. It is a full-time module for 1 week, Mon-Fri, 9-5 each day.
This module runs 27 Nov – 1 Dec 2017.
Planning Your New Venture (5 ECTS)
This module introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurial thinking. Learn to plan a project around key milestones, including the essential skill of gathering resources like capital and a dynamic team. You’ll learn essential marketing skills and how to organise for success.
Students learn the key elements of project management through market research, stress-testing ideas, understanding logistics and funding. Learn to have a positive entrepreneurial mindset that can respond to challenges in any environment. This is a full-time module for 1 week, Mon-Fri, 9-5 each day.
This module runs from 14 -18 May 2018.
Protecting Your Intellectual Property (5 ECTS)
Learn different options to protect your intellectual property, from copyrighting, patenting, trademarks and industrial design. Understand the value which can be captured and developed commercially from invention and creativity.
Students explore the intellectual property opportunities related to their research area and work on real-life case studies within dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams. This is a full-time module for 1 week, Mon-Fri, 9-5 each day.
This module runs from 12 -16 March 2018.
Creative Capital (5 ECTS)
This module brings a practical approach to funding a start-up or a new project. Learn the basics of financial tools and techniques, including what funders look for, and how to assess financial risks. The emphasis is on giving you practical skills for real life.
Students learn the principles of financial management and capital structure which are pivotal to the sustainability of a successful venture. This is a full-time module for 1 week, Mon-Fri, 9-5 each day.
This module runs from 23 -27 April 2018.
Find out more!
Student Liaison Officer: Catherine O’Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our modules are provided free of charge to currently registered PhD students in Trinity College Dublin.
Upon successful completion of 30 ECTS (credits), students gain the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Fees for non-Trinity students
Creative Thinking & Innovation: €1,100
Opportunity Generation & Recognition: €550
Protecting Your Intellectual Property: €550
Planning Your Venture: €550
Creative Capital: €550
Leadership Development is only available to PhD students in Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast.