Innovate Circular

The circular economy (CE) challenges the fundamentals of how we manufacture, distribute, use and consume products and services. It is recognised as the most systemic shift in global industrial economics since the industrial revolution and has the attention of policymakers, CEOs, business and society at large but will require new knowledge, skills and networks.

How will the course benefit my career/organisation?

The course has been specifically designed for people who have a basic understanding of the circular economy and wish to move to the next level. Having completed this short course, you will gain new skills and knowledge of circular innovation tools, methods and approaches, including how to: 

  • Design and utilise systems innovation to problem solve and ideate new solutions
  • Gain insights from industry guest experts who have adopted innovative circular economy approaches within their own organisations
  • Keep ahead of the curve and learn more about the range of fast-evolving circular economy policies, funding and business opportunities to inform your strategies and planning
  • Learn practical and effective circular economy communication approaches to generate buyin from both internal and external stakeholders
  • Join a network of other circular economy professionals to share ideas and make new business connections
  • Put your circular innovation approaches to work – have an immediate impact on your organisation’s sustainability plans, activities and commercial aims and objectives
  • No exams – assignments are practical and project-based
  • A university accreditation to add to you CV
  • Enhance your career prospects in the rapidlygrowing sustainability jobs market

What to expect

  • Guest speakers from across industry sectors
  • Interactive sessions and group activities
  • Developing key communication skills
  • Systems Innovation and the Circular Economy Circular Systems & Circular Design
  • Policy and legislation for a Circular Economy
  • Core Circular Economy principles and theory
  • Policy, green funding and procurement
  • Develop sustainability leadership skills in your place of work, business or organisation

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum NFQ level 7 degree which can be in science, business, management, engineering, food & beverage sector, marketing or any relevant degree area. The University’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.

Course Information

NFQ: Level 8

AWARD TYPE: Single Subject Certification
1 semester, part-time, online, evening, two hours a week for 12 weeks.


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“If you want to optimise your business and explore new ways to eliminate waste, learn about the current concepts of sustainability and meet with circular economy innovators, professionals and academics then this course is for you. The content is really accessible and the workload is easy to integrate into your existing schedules. This programme provides a great addition to your skills and competencies toolkit”

Anna Vatera

Delivery Team

Helena McMahon

Dr Helena McMahon
Director, IKC3 Project, MTU

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Dr. Aodhan Newsholme
Lecturer Circular Economy, MTU

Eve Savage

Eve Savage
Educational Designer, MTU