UCD Smurfit School, NCAD and NovaUCD join forces to deliver collaborative Masters

1st in Irish education – UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School to combine Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design in ground-breaking new Masters course.

With Innovation and entrepreneurship considered the engines of economic growth, as well as critical competencies for firms operating in competitive markets, UCD Smurfit School is entering a unique new partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and NovaUCD to launch a new MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design.

The MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design is a part-time course, commencing in September 2015, which allows STEM (Science, Technology, and Engineering & Maths) graduates with considerable work experience to combine coursework that mixes the theoretical grounding of a traditional Masters with extensive practical application involving the creation of new ventures or new lines of business within a firm. The course will be delivered over 2 years.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business, said, “At UCD Smurfit School we are dedicated to a greater focus on collaboration across disciplines. It is at these intersections in perspectives that innovation happens.    Working in partnership with NCAD and NovaUCD creates a unique opportunity for STEM and other graduates to blend in one programme the creative and technical aspects of business. NCAD brings a design thinking approach critical to creating new businesses, with Nova UCD tapping into the entrepreneurial eco-system and providing suitable mentors.

The programme also combines the traditional masters with 20 months practical experience which allows students to apply their knowledge in creating and designing new products for society.

Brendan Cremen, Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation, NovaUCD, said “We are delighted to be working with our colleagues in UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and NCAD on this exciting new course which brings innovation, entrepreneurship and design together. We are especially delighted to have the opportunity to share our proven start-up and commercialisation capabilities and expertise in the education arena with future participants on this course.”

Professor Declan McGonagle, Director, NCAD, said “In a period of resetting of expectations and provision in education - the development of a new 'ecology' and not just a new economy, is increasingly important.  An ecology articulates ideas of interdependence between social, cultural and economic capital and argues for investment in their interactions. NCAD and UCD Smurfit School are turning to meet those new challenges. That is why it is important for the leading college of art and design and the leading business school to collaborate and to connect in a new master’s course which embodies that interdependence and that new ecology."

Details of the course can be found at: http://www.smurfitschool.ie/ourcourses/part-timemasters/mscininnovationentrepreneurshipanddesign/