The Master of Innovation and Commercialisation (MInnComl) is for those who want to help bring innovations to life. These innovations may have a scientific, engineering, design or technology component and could arise from research or from identifying an industry problem that needs solving.
Masters in Innovation in Wellington in New Zealand. The Master of Innovation and Commercialisation (MInnComl) is for those who want to help bring innovations to life. These innovations may have a scientific, engineering, design or technology component and could arise from research or from identifying an industry problem that needs solving.
Students of the practice-based MInnComl will both lead the development of an innovation project that interests them and work within a multidisciplinary team, consisting of fellow students. This will all be done with active support from a range of industry, government and research organisations that are associated with innovation and commercialisation.
The MInnComl programme is multidisciplinary and has been developed in association with the faculties of Architecture and Design, Engineering, Law, Science and Victoria Business School.
Work with your current or potential future employer
Your innovation project could be developed in conjunction with a commercial organisation or the University, or you could work on your own project.
If you’re currently employed, your project could be something you’re already working on or hope to work on. Completing the programme could help boost the project’s chances of success and you’ll gain a valued qualification in the process.
If you’re not currently employed, you could work on your own projects or a project alongside a commercial or research-based organisation. The University has relationships with a range of organisations, and will help you make the match. You may even qualify for a paid internship or a scholarship.
On this programme, you will gain a breadth of skills and industry contacts, together with the type of practical experience that is sought by employers. Potential opportunities for graduates include product design and development, management, analysis and consultation, technology transfer and commercialisation, or as future leaders of innovative companies.
Organisations involved in the programme
A variety of organisations are involved in the content delivery of the MInnComl programme, and as project partners. These include Baldwins Intellectual Property, Callaghan Innovation, DB Breweries, Deloitte, Ferrier Research Institute, GNS Science, Grow Wellington, MetService, Navigate Healthcare, PowerHouse Ventures, and Robinson Research Institute.
What you will learn
Graduates of the MInnComl programme will:
know how to identify opportunities and access the feasibility of new products
understand the process of developing new products and taking them to market, including research, design and manufacturing considerations
understand issues regarding intellectual property protection, regulatory requirements, funding options and financial forecasting
be able to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, as well as with research, industry and government organisations
know how to prepare a business case for the development and commercialisation of new products.
Types of innovation projects
The type of project you work on depends on your background, your interests, and who you want to work with.
This could include any or all of the following:
creating a new product or improving on an existing one
exploring the development and commercialisation of scientific research
solving a need that you’ve identified in the market
improving the research, manufacturing and commercialisation processes of products.
The common theme is that you want to learn how to develop and commercialise innovations successfully.
The MInnComl is offered as a full-time programme of four papers, including a significant individual project.
Part One is an introductory course, commencing in Trimester One, 2017.
Part Two comprises two courses plus a significant feasibility analysis and development plan for your project, called a research portfolio. All courses are compulsory and each course involves a combination of workshops, lectures, guest speakers and team work.
Introduction to Innovation and Commercialisation
Commences Trimester One, 2017
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of developing and commercialising innovation-based projects, including:
exploring options for developing and commercialising your project
strategy, legal, financial, validation and product development practices
developing your research portfolio proposal
Strategy and Validation
Trimester One and Two, 2017
An exploration of ways to develop and validate your proposed strategy, including:
appropriate market and product validation processes
product development and commercialisation strategies, including technology transfer implications