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The focus of the course is to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip scientists, mathematicians, engineers and medics to translate their research into real-world applications via commercial routes, either now or in the future; be it in a start-up or an industry collaboration.


The course is delivered in-person and will include lectures, practical casework, and readings.

learning outcomes

Participants will gain a thorough and practical introduction to the key topics in science-led entrepreneurship:

  • Evaluation of creativity and feasibility of science-based innovation
  • Opportunity and risk evaluation
  • Routes to commercialisation and market entry
  • Entrepreneurial innovation strategy
  • Team building and organisational structure
  • Operational success in an emerging venture
  • Entrepreneurial finance and funding mechanisms for start-up/project launch

By taking the course students and academics will additionally have the opportunity to better analyse preferences for career progression and take informed next steps regarding start-ups/commercialisation - within academia or industry - if they have the inclination.


Open to postgraduates, postdocs, academics/PIs and Research Staff.

number of places



Thursdays 2pm - 4.15pm during Weeks 1-8 of Michaelmas term.  Timetable for the optional continuations in Hilary and Trinity follow the same pattern.  For these courses, successful completion of the Michaelmas course is a pre-requisite.


The 2023-24 course is now closed.  Please email expressions of interest for the 2024-25 course to:

terms & conditions

When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.


A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, D1, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff.