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Course Details

Master of Science in Technology Entrepreneurship

Course code: BN523 Entry Route into programme:
  • 2nd Class Honours Grade 2, GPA 2.5 or equivalent in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Science & Technology graduate at NFQ level 8.
Duration: 2 years (4 Semesters)
NFQ level: 9
Fee:  TBC
Schedule: Fri, 5pm – 9pm and
Sat, 9am – 1pm and flexible learning
Award title: Master of Science
Credits for Full Award: 90 @ NFQ Level 9
Awarding Body: ITB

Note :

This course is not being offered in the academic year starting Sept 2014. See a list of our Part time courses

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement is 2nd Class Honours Grade 2, GPA 2.5 or equivalent in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or science and technology graduate at NFQ level 8 with an appropriate component of engineering or applied sciences with an acceptable level of technical computer aided design (CAD) ability. Applicants who have a NFQ Level 8 qualification of less than the required grade should have at least 5 years relevant industrial experience in engineering design, manufacturing or product development. 

Note :

All potential students will be interviewed to assess their aptitude for entrepreneurship.


This unique “pracademic” course offers technology graduates the opportunity to acquire essential knowledge and develop critical skills for entrepreneurship, to network with successful ‘role-model’ entrepreneurs and enterprise development experts and to obtain a post-graduate qualification (PG Diploma or MSc) based on the experiential learning process of commercialising their business idea. The course aims to guide students through the fast-paced journey of preparing of a well researched “investor-ready” business plan based on a structured product development process, mentored by high calibre practitioners and experienced academic staff. 

Who Should Apply for the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at ITB ?

Every successful engineer scientist or technology graduate needs to be ‘entrepreneurial’ so that they can explain the applications and commercial potential of their ideas and gain support for the projects they wish to pursue. The MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship is of particular value to holders of a primary degree in engineering, computing, science or technology who wish to prepare for a career that necessitates an understanding of the issues at the interface between business and science. While this includes those who wish to acquire the skills to develop a new technology venture, it also includes those who wish to acquire key entrepreneurial competencies and mindset which would enable them to become more confident and creative in whatever they undertake, whether employed as a graduate in an ‘intrapreneurial’ context, whether pursuing social entrepreneurship projects, or whether pursuing a career in self-employment.

Employment Potential for MSc in Technology Graduates

We are living in a world of increasing uncertainty, where graduates frequently change jobs and careers during their working like and where shrinking product life-cycles are forcing innovation to the top of the economic agenda. In this context employers are placing ever more importance on entrepreneurial skills such as selling, product creation, teamworking, creative problem solving, commercial acumen, leadership and technical excellence.  Longer term, it is expected that graduates of the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship would, in turn, becomes the employers  of future technology graduates.

Course Content

At core of the programme is a technology enterprise project based on a phased project product development process.

Students will be given business incubation space and access to state-of-the-art design labs, technology transfer expertise and engineering workshops to develop prototypes and run their fledgling business.

Students can develop new products based on ongoing technological research at ITB or from their own ideas either within existing companies or as part of a standalone start-up.

Program Content
Stream Core Modules Workshops & Clinics
Entrepreneurship Stream Marketing & Finance
Technology Products
IP & Technology
Idea Generation & Creative Problem Solving
Goal Setting & Team Building
Sales, Marketing & Finance
Communications & Presentations
Investor - Ready Business Plans
Legal Issues for Start - ups
Discipline Specific Professional Engineering Design Practice
Advanced Computer Aided Design and Analysis
Rapid Prototyping
Statistics for Engineers & Scientists
Computer Interfacing Electronics
Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimisation
Project Stream Runs in parallel to other streams using skills and competence learned through the other streams to develop a commercial oppurtunity.


Course Schedule

The programme comprises four taught modules (20 credits) and a technology enterprise project (70 Credits), giving a masters award of MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship with 90 ECTS credits. Students also the option of an exit award of Post-Graduate Diploma in Science in technology Entrepreneurship with 60 ECTS credits.

How to Apply ?

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