Innovation and Commercialisation


Master of Innovation and Commercialisation

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Do you want to be a product manager or designer, commercialisation specialist, business analyst or consultant, or do you want to lead or start a business? With this programme, you will develop the practical skills and experience required. It’s ideal for those with a background in engineering, science, business, law or design.

Students of the practice-based MInnComl will both develop an individual 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.

A wide variety of organisations are involved in the content delivery and as project partners. These include Baldwins Intellectual Property, Callaghan Innovation, Deloitte, Ferrier Research Institute, GNS Science, Grow Wellington, MetService, Morrison Kent, Navigate Healthcare, PowerHouse Ventures, Robsinson Research Institute and Viclink.

For more information see the programme's PDF brochure.

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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.

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Choosing your project

The type of project you work on depends on your background, your interests, and what organisation you want to work with.

The project could involve 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.

Your 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 project 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.

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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 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.

Part One:

ATEN 504

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

Course Outline 2016 [PDF icon PDF, 503KB]

15 points

Part Two:

ATEN 502

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
30 points
ATEN 503

Development and Commercialisation

Trimester Two, 2017

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 Project Report

Trimester One, 2017 (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 One.

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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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Online enrolments open October 1, 2016.

In the meantime please feel free to contact the Programme Director to discuss your application.

Potential students are also invited to attend an upcoming event to hear current students talk about their exciting projects. This event will be held on Tuesday 4 October 2016, at 10am in the Hunter Council Chambers. Please RSVP to

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
Phone: 04-463 5479
Skype: 04-463 5479

Shona de Sain, Associate Dean (Students), Faculty of Science
Phone: 04-463 5092
Skype: 04-463 5092