Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship, M.Sc. | Part time online | University of Galway | Ireland
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Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship

12 months
17750 EUR/year
8200 EUR/year
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The Masters in Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Galway is a one-year programme that provides students with the concepts needed to develop technological solutions to the problems confronting Irish agriculture and the food sector.  The course combines MIT’s "Disciplined Entrepreneurship" curriculum with concepts from design thinking and customer discovery. 


An important feature of the Masters in Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Galway is that students learn to work with a variety of groups to understand needs and opportunities.  The course highlights both business analysis as well as communication skills so that the programme’s graduates are well-equipped to either launch their own enterprise or manage innovation projects within a larger organization.  Funded by HEA through its Springboard programme, AgInnovate is delivered as a mix of on-line lectures and monthly sessions on campus.

The aim of this course is to teach people how to:

  • Identify areas for innovation specifically within the agri-domain
  • Launch innovation-driven enterprises or create new business units within an existing company

Particular consideration is given to helping participants address:

  • Identifying opportunities through design thinking and opportunity recognition
  • Developing concepts and validating markets;
  • Other difficulties related to getting new products to markets.

Our focus is on developing students critical thinking, curiosity and utilising a range of tools that will help manage the innovation process. You do not need to bring an idea to the course as we will help you identify opportunities ripe for Innovation. We foster a learn by doing atmosphere with experiential learning at the heart of this MSc.


This course can help any individual, farmers or those engaged within the agri-domain who often have great ideas but need a better understanding of the dynamics of innovation.  We focus on turning insights / challenges /problems into a customer’s needs and then taking a step-by-step approach to designing products or services along with an enterprise to achieve successful commercialisation.

Programme Structure

Building on the TechInnovate programme at University of Galway, this MSc in AgInnovation has three core pillars:  

  • Agri-Needs Finding: Students learn the fundamentals of ethnographic research [i.e., observation, interviews, and surveys] which allows them to conduct Primary Market Research, market validation and problem definition specific to the agricultural environment.  
  • Design Thinking for the Agri-Sector: The Design Thinking methodology is particularly relevant to those interested in innovation in the agricultural domain since it allows students to investigate specific, real-world needs of the agricultural sector and use those insights to develop sustainable solutions.  
  • MIT's Disciplined Entrepreneurship: The successful and real-world oriented "Disciplined Entrepreneurship", 24-step process from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) forms the basis for developing minimal viable business products (MVBP) for the agri-domain.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree, first or second class honours in any discipline, along with three years of relevant industrial experience; or an Ordinary or 3rd class honours undergraduate degree, along with five years of relevant industrial experience; or a recognised professional qualification and five years of relevant industrial experience. Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17750 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8200 EUR per year during 12 months.


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