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    12 Months

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    Degree / Higher Diploma

Course Overview

With the continued growth of the Food and Beverage Industry in Ireland, this course is suitable for those who wish to upskill to build a career in the thriving food sector. Our Level 8 Higher Diploma in Food Science and Technology will give you all that you need to succeed.

Our courses are delivered by lecturers with real, relevant industry experience. Many holds or have held high-level roles in multinational companies both in Ireland and globally. They'll provide you with a deeper understanding of your subject in practical terms as well as developing your skills in areas such as communication, management and leadership.

This Level 8 degree combines a blend of food science and manufacturing modules giving graduates an in-depth knowledge of Food Microbiology, Food Processing Operations, Food Hygiene and Contamination Control, HACCP, Food Quality Systems and Regulatory Control, Food Product Innovation and Development, Food Formulations and Lean Six Sigma. Accredited by Technological University Dublin- Tallaght Campus, this course is delivered by experienced lecturers from academia and industry.

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 

Awarding body: Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus

Next Intake: September 2021


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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 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. They should have obtained a Level 7 Degree in Science, Engineering or a related discipline.

First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located on the top of this page. This is to register interest with us in the chosen course. Once submitted a member of the team will be in contact with you via phone call or email to discuss the course in more detail, assess your eligibility and assist you with anything you need to progress further.

Subject to eligibility, the next step is to fill out and submit the application form which will require you to submit the following documentation

  • A copy of your CV
  • Copy of a Government-issued ID (passport or driver’s licence)
  • Transcript of your previous highest qualification.

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

Following the submission of your application form, a member of our team will be in contact with you.

Please note through the application process if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 3346


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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