Faculty of Science


Master of Innovation and Commercialisation

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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.

For more information see the programme's PDF brochure.

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 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.

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What you will learn

Graduates of the MInnComl programme will:

  • know how to 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.

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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.

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Programme structure

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 January 2016.

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.

Part One:

ATEN 504

Introduction to Innovation and Commercialisation

Commenced Wednesday 20 January 2016

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

Course Outline 2016 [PDF icon PDF, 503KB]

15 points

Part Two:

ATEN 502

Strategy and Validation

Trimester 1, 2016

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
30 points
ATEN 503

Development and Commercialisation

Trimester 2, 2016

An exploration into the processes involved in developing and potentially commercialising your project, including:

  • what to do with the market and product validation findings
  • the steps involved in product development and commercialisation
15 points
ATEN 591

Innovation and Commercialisation Research Portfolio

Trimester 1, 2016 (duration 9 to 12 months)

This is where you bring everything together. You will apply your own discipline-specific knowledge and experience, as well as that of other students, researchers and industry, to research and develop your project. The outcome will be a significant feasibility analysis and development plan for your project.

120 points

Throughout the MInnComl, students will work as individuals and as part of a team, gaining the skills and experience required to work effectively both independently and in multidisciplinary teams.

The finishing date for the programme is between 9-12 months from the start of Trimester 1.

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Entry requirements

  1. A three-year degree at 300-level from a university in New Zealand or, at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Students) of the Faculty of Science, from another university; and
  2. Approval by the Programme Director and the MInnComl Board of Studies.

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The 2016 programme is already underway, however we may consider late applications for a Trimester One start. Please contact the Programme Director to discuss your options.

If you are from a commercial or research organisation and you have a project that you would like to have considered, register your interest or contact the Programme Director.

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Jenny Douché, Programme Director
Email: jenny.douche@vuw.ac.nz
Phone: 04-463 5479
Skype: 04-463 5479

Shona de Sain, Associate Dean (Students), Faculty of Science
Email: shona.desain@vuw.ac.nz
Phone: 04-463 5092
Skype: 04-463 5092