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Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Degree Type Graduate Diploma

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3GD019

CRICOS 064435K

Innovation and entrepreneurship are at the heart of economic growth and development. An entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to innovate sets apart individuals, organisations and businesses in that they are more likely to identify sustainable opportunities that will succeed, create and grow wealth for their stakeholders and the community.

The Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed to develop and inspire creative individuals with an interest in starting or developing innovative ventures that have the potential to make significant impact on markets, economies and communities. We offer students the  knowledge and practical skills required to assess and implement new ideas, create and manage ambitious new ventures, develop entrepreneurial management practices and create supportive environments that foster and enable innovation.

Study is available in two flexible delivery modes designed to meet the needs of busy professionals: internally via face-to-face intensive sessions and online.

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 3GD019
    Intake January, May and September
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry Applicants must have:

    • an undergraduate degree; or

    • a completed Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship; or

    • a completed Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD019

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 064435K
    Intake January and September
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Innovation and entrepreneurship graduates are equipped with practical tools to successfully start and bring to maturity new ventures, or alternatively, grow new revenue streams for employers. Graduates can also work within the innovation and entrepreneurship service sector providing consultancy, advisory, financial, policy or other support services to the  small to medium enterprises sector.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The University of Adelaide has been awarded international accreditation for its Business and Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

    Potential careers

    Manager / Business Management, CEO, Opportunity Assessor, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Innovation Manager

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students will commence the program by taking two of the core courses Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Opportunity Assessment. These courses will give students an excellent understanding of the key concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship and are the foundation of the program.

    Students will also take courses in Finance and Accounting; Strategy and Growth; Creativity and Innovation; Marketing; and Venture Modelling all with an entrepreneurship focus. These courses provide students with vital skills and knowledge to be successful whether they are looking to start their own business, or to grow and be innovative within their organsiations.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    As Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a broad subject area that can be applied across many different industries and occupations, students can use their own chosen field or interest and apply this to their assignments and class discussions.

    Students can also select electives in their area of interest.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Core Courses ENTREP 5016 Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ENTREP 5018 Opportunity Assessment
    ENTREP 7028 Managing Strategy & Growth
    ENTREP 7059 Project and Innovation Finance and Accounting
    ENTREP 7022 Creativity & Innovation
    ENTREP 7060 Marketing Technology and Innovation

    Electives Courses to the value of 6 Units from the following:

    ENTREP 7019 Social Entrepreneurship
    ENTREP 7026 Innovation and Corporate Venturing
    ENTREP 7027 Foresight and Social Change
    ENTREP 7046 Managing Innovation
    ENTREP 7050 ECIC Study Tour
    ENTREP 7900 Entrepreneurs’ Challenge
    PROJMGMT 5004 Managing Project and Systemic Risk
    PROJMGMT 5021 Applied Project Management I
    PROJMGMT 7038 Leadership of Organisations
    PROJMGMT 7012 Business and Contract Legal Studies
    PROJMGMT 7047 Systems Fundamentals

    CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit the below link for your study plan templates:
    Study Plans

    The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.


    Assessment consists of a combination of group and individual work. The format varies across courses and may be in the form of oral presentations, written and/or practical assignments, quizzes and class participation.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017


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