Research Commercialisation and Technology Transfer

Learn and develop skills in the fundamentals of technology transfer and spin-out creation to create social and economic impact from academic research in your context.

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Commitment

    8 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion

    • Start

      26 September 2022

    • Finish

      21 November 2022

    • Enrol by

      19 September 2022

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Explore Research Commercialisation and Technology Transfer

Course overview

This course gives you the tools to create impact from academic research through consultancy, licensing and new venture creation. Using case studies from Cambridge Enterprise, one of the world’s most successful technology transfer offices, you will be introduced to fundamental aspects of the topic by leading practitioners with 50 years of knowledge exchange, technology transfer and commercialisation experience. Critically, the course is focused on how to use that expertise to apply to your own context and organisation, whilst developing your global professional network.

You will learn how to expand the visibility and impact of research through exploring the different commercialisation routes available, from the licensing of intellectual property to industry partners to the formation of a spin-out company that can bring new technologies or services to market. The course uniquely combines developing an awareness and understanding of the ecosystem in which you are working, a systematic and structured introduction to technology transfer, and the development of your skills around negotiating and stakeholder engagement.

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?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • evaluate how national and university level intellectual property and technology transfer contexts shape your activity
  • how to assess the commercial potential of early stage technology opportunities and select an appropriate commercialisation mechanism to exploit them
  • a clear understanding of the steps and contract frameworks involved with supporting academic consultancy activity, licensing processes and spin-outs, and how these work in your context
  • gain practical skills of negotiating with third parties to reach a fair and equitable agreement for use in licensing negotiations and broader applications
  • develop a toolkit to communicate with and engage internal and external stakeholders

Study commitments

  • 8 hours per week

Who is this course for?

The course is specifically designed for those looking to understand and engage with fundamental aspects of the technology transfer and commercialisation process whether as part of a University technology transfer office, an entrepreneurial academic researcher or involved in innovation management. This course will be of interest to:

  • professionals who support academic knowledge exchange, technology transfer and venture creation as part of their role
  • senior leaders looking to establish technology transfer offices
  • individuals involved in innovation management as a local, regional or national level
  • early career professionals looking to work in technology transfer
  • academics who want to develop a greater understand of the options available to create greater social and economic impact from their research
  • entrepreneurial individuals who want to understand the innovation management process

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion

University of Cambridge practitioners

  • Dr Paul Seabright

    Deputy Director of Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Amanda Zeffman

    Head of Consultancy Services at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Iain Thomas

    Head of Life Sciences at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Marcio Siqueira

    Head of Physical Sciences at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Christine Martin

    Acting Head of Seed Funds at Cambridge Enterprise
  • Dr Anne Dobrée

    Head of Seed Funds at Cambridge Enterprise

Course dates

  • 2022

    26 Sep - 21 Nov

    Places available

    Enrol by 19 Sep


Level of knowledge

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

Materials & equipment

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