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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Be the change-maker

With change gathering pace worldwide, advanced entrepreneurial skills are priceless—the X-factor that turns looming threat into emerging opportunity. Entrepreneurs aren’t just ahead of the curve, they start it.

What will you do?

Our 12-month Graduate Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a keenly focused skills fast-track. You’ll specialise in two of:

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Managing New Ventures
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Start-up.

Through a work-friendly blend of online learning, intensive courses and face-to-face workshops, you’ll:

  • develop a globally informed entrepreneurial mindset
  • learn to creatively solve complex business problems with design thinking
  • deeply understand every aspect of creating a new enterprise
  • be guided by expert mentors—most with overseas experience
  • take a new venture from concept to launch in the University’s eChallenge.

You could also elect to undertake a project abroad working alongside start-ups and mentors in the University’s France or Singapore ThincLab studios. And choose from 13 other electives according to your career objectives.

Where could it take you?

Everything’s possible. You’ll graduate with a clear grasp of your entrepreneurial ‘profile’ and how you’re most likely to thrive. You could take the lead or play a key role. Innovate for others or be your own CEO. And you’ll be equipped to pitch your ideas to any audience. You could even go on to a master degree.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • May
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
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.

Potential careers
Manager / Business Management, CEO, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Innovation Manager

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
 
Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.