Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation

Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation

The ability to turn research into tangible products and services is essential for organisations at the forefront of innovation. The Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation helps businesses to harness the power of technology and innovation to improve their productivity and global competitiveness.

The program is ideal for anyone aspiring to a career in product development, new technology or innovation management, whether in the public or private sectors. It is open to both graduates and those without a degree, providing they have relevant work experience.

You will gain an understanding of the commercialisation process and develop the skills to manage research, and new product and service development.

UQ Business School is a leading global business school and is recognised worldwide for its cutting-edge research. Our high-quality academic staff include internationally renowned innovation experts.


Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation program must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.00 on a 7 point scale; or
  • post-secondary study and at least five years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean; or
  • seven years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean.

The application procedure for the program varies depending on whether you are a domestic or international student.

Find further information about course dates, costs and how to apply


The Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation program examines the fundamentals of the commercialisation process and its contribution to economic and social development.

The program requires you to complete any four courses from the course list which includes topics suitable for students in all disciplines.


The Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation program takes six months of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.


The standard full-time load for a program is 8 units per semester (this usually means 4 courses worth 2 units each per semester). Full-time study is defined as 75% or more of the standard full-time load for a program (i.e. at least 6 units per semester, or 3-4 courses, for most programs).

International students must be enrolled in 8 units per semester.

It is estimated that for each course a student would have approximately 3-5 contact hours in lectures and tutorials, and would also need to do additional hours of study.


Australian students can study part-time (usually 1 to 2 courses per semester). In some cases, classes are scheduled multiple times per week and students can choose either day or evening classes. This does not occur in all programs. If you intend to study solely in the evenings, please check the availability and timing of classes.


What outcomes to expect from your degree

Graduates of this program enjoy careers as product managers, general managers or consultants in the public and private sector – particularly in organisations involved in research and development, science and technology or those using innovation to enhance competitiveness. Graduates may also become entrepreneurs or find and spin off commercial opportunities from research.

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3346 8100 (open 9:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday except public holidays) or email info@business.uq.edu.au.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives.

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance.

Find details on scholarships.