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Course Overview

This science-based programme will equip learners with skills in diverse areas such as new product development, food safety, HACCP and allergen management, as well as Lean Six Sigma, food formulations and leading manufacturing process technologies, employed in the Irish food industry. 

This is an ideal upskilling programme for industry employees to advance their careers to the next level and also those seeking to enter the dynamic food sector. The programme is also an ideal choice for food technologists, culinary professionals and entrepreneurs, equipping them with the necessary skills to take their product concepts to the marketplace.

This 3-semester course involves a unique delivery of online lectures two evenings per week and two Saturdays a month which involves tutorials and equipment touch time in a simulated manufacturing environment. 

Accreditation: QQI Level 8 Higher Diploma in Food Science and Technology 

Collaborating University: Technical University Dublin - Tallaght Campus

Next Intake: September 2024.

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2023.

Springboard funded

Food Students

Course Outline

The course duration is 12 months. Lectures will be delivered 2 evenings per week online. Students will also be required to attend 2 Saturday's a month on campus. Practicals will be in one of our pilot facilities, with dates and times subject to scheduling. (ECTS: 70 Credits) 

Module 1: Food Processing Operations

An in-depth understanding of food processing operations employed in the manufacture and packaging of foods & beverages and their effects on finished product quality. 

Module 2: Lean Six Sigma

Lean thinking; six sigma; project planning; process mapping; root cause analysis; creative solutions; corrective action preventative action; statistics; data visualisation; presentation skills; effective decision making

Module 3: Food Formulations

Understanding the behaviours and nutritional values of food materials with a focus on the function and application of these ingredients in food products. Food ingredients of most commercial value in the current markets will be examined. 

Module 4: HACCP, Allergens & Contamination Controls

 Development of the skills required to: operate in a HACCP controlled facility & understand food safety management systems which control food safety hazards and food allergens. 

Module 6: Food Product Innovation and Development

The knowledge and skills required to work as part of a new product development team through the complete innovation process from idea concept to successful product launch. 

Module 7: Industrial Statistics 

The use of statistical tools in designing experiments, evaluating process performance, predicting responses and communicating findings within the Food Science sector.

Module 8: Process Control and PAT

The principles of process control and how Process Analytical Technology (PAT) can assist with process understanding and enhance process control.

Module 9: Food Quality Systems and Regulatory Control

The knowledge and skills required to operate to a British Retail Consortium (BRC) accredited food quality management standard.

Module 10: Preparation for Work

The skills to prepare a winning CV and cover letter to match the necessary competencies and job descriptions for career progression. Development of the professional skills required to communicate and work in this growing industry as well as the skills to present effectively at an interview.


Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those with a minimum qualification at Level 7 Ordinary Degree (180 credits) in Science, Engineering, Quality or a related discipline.

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Career Options

With the continued growth of the Food Industry in Ireland, this course is suitable for those who wish to upskill to gain roles such as

  • Quality Roles - QC Manager, Quality Supervisor, Lab Technician,
  • Food Research and Development – Research Scientists and Technician, Food product Developer, Sensory Evaluation, Natural Product Researcher 
  • Technology – Tech Development Manager, Technical Sales, New technology Introduction • Regulatory Affairs Roles - Compliance Manager, Documentation Supervisor
  • Engineering/Manufacturing – Project engineering, automation, maintenance, production operations, process technicians. 
  • Supply Chain Roles – Warehouse Manager, Warehouse Supervisor, Stock Control, Planning

Academic Progression

On successful completion of this Level 8 Higher Diploma Program in Food Science & Technology, students can progress to a QQI Level 9 MSc in Food Business Management & Technology.

Apply Now

Our admissions team are on hand to assist you with your application and answer any questions you may have on the course.

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process.


Step 1: Enquire through the form at the top right of this page

Step 2: A member of our team will be in contact through phone or email

Step 3: If you are deemed to be eligible for the course, you will be sent an application form by email. You MUST fill in this application form and attach all necessary *documents (CV, ID, Transcripts, etc.)

Step 4: On submission of the completed application form and all documentation, your application will be sent to the associated department for final approval. You will receive an e-mail confirming your place on the programme. (Note: This process can take up to one week particularly during busy admission periods.)

*We accept scanned documents in a pdf format. Pictures of documents are not accepted.

**For those who are applying for Springboard or HCI funding, you will be directed to fill out an additional application form on the Springboard website, this is to confirm your eligibility to receive  funding

Please note at any time if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 334


Why up-skill for the Food Science industry in Ireland?

  • Over 54,000 employed
  • €26 billion in turnover
  • Our largest indigenous sector
  • €10 billion in exports
  • Over 23,000 new jobs predicted by 2027



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I would recommend Innopharma to someone who wants to get into the Irish Food Industry because it is very industry specific, it is very comprehensive and in terms of the commitment you got to put in, it's flexible and there is a good network there and you're going with the professionals. 

Norman O'Leary, Higher Diploma in Food Science & Technology Graduate



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