Research Commercialisation and Technology Transfer

Create societal and economic impact from innovative academic research

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Commitment

    8-10 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a certificate on successful completion

    • Start

      27 September 2021

    • Finish

      21 November 2021

    • Start

      24 January 2022

    • Finish

      21 March 2022

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Course overview

This course gives you the tools to turn academic research into commercial ventures that will generate societal impact around the world. Using case studies from Cambridge Enterprise, one of the world’s most successful technology transfer offices, you will be given a broad overview by leading practitioners with direct experience in the field.

You will examine key topics including structuring your technology transfer office, intellectual property strategies and policies, consultancy, licensing and business creation as mechanisms for commercialisation, spin outs and seed funding, developing your negotiation skills, and creating engagement and evaluating impact.

At the end of the course there will be opportunities to continue your research commercialisation project with our expert tutors through a unique mentoring experience.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • evaluate how national and university level intellectual property and technology transfer contexts shape your activity
  • evaluate, select and implement the most appropriate technology transfer mechanism and justify your decision
  • develop a toolkit to communicate with and engage internal and external stakeholders

Study commitments

  • 8-10 hours per week

Who is this course for?

  • early- to mid-career professionals working in technology transfer
  • academics looking to maximise the impact of their research
  • stakeholders who engage with university technology transfer as part of their role

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a certificate on successful completion

University of Cambridge practitioners

  • Dr Paul Seabright

    Dr Paul Seabright

    Deputy Director of Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Amanda Zeffman

    Dr Amanda Zeffman

    Head of Consultancy Services at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Iain Thomas

    Dr Iain Thomas

    Head of Life Sciences at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Marcio Siqueira

    Dr Marcio Siqueira

    Head of Physical Sciences at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Christine Martin

    Dr Christine Martin

    Acting Head of Seed Funds at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Caroline Hyde

    Caroline Hyde

    Head of International Relations & Outreach at Cambridge Enterprise

Course dates

  • 2021

    27 Sep - 21 Nov

    Places available

  • 2022

    24 Jan - 21 Mar

    Places available


Level of knowledge

  • Awareness of what technology transfer is
  • Awareness of how university research works

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