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

      24 January 2022

    • Finish

      21 March 2022

    • Start

      04 April 2022

    • Finish

      30 May 2022

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Explore Research Commercialisation and Technology Transfer

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.

On completion of the course, you will have a unique opportunity to purchase a series of additional mentoring sessions for up to 12 months. This involves working one on one with an experienced coach to further apply your learning and to support the successful delivery of your action plan. Please contact for more information.

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
  • Dr Anne Dobrée

    Dr Anne Dobrée

    Head of Seed Funds at Cambridge Enterprise

Course dates

  • 2022

    24 Jan - 21 Mar

    Places available

  • 2022

    04 Apr - 30 May

    Places available


Level of knowledge

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

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