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  • Duration

    12 Months

  • Level

    Masters / Postgraduate

  • Next Intake

    Sep 2021

Course overview

This unique MSc in Food Business Management & Technology will make you a significantly more effective professional in a highly quality-driven industry. Innopharma Education supports the Food Manufacturing sector by training multi-skilled personnel to integrate into both operations and business roles within this fast-growing sector.

Through this programme you will gain a broader understanding of the intricacies of food manufacturing, it’s processing, product development and food laws as well as several other facets of the Food & Beverage Industry. This Masters degree is suited to those with a Science, Engineering, Business or Quality qualification, wishing to expand their career prospects in Irelands booming Food Industry.

Designed and delivered by highly experienced industry and academic professionals, this course will give you the advanced skills and knowledge that companies are looking for. The unique part-time online delivery means learners can log on live or catch up at a time that suits. This 3-semester programme involves online lectures 2 evenings a week and practical classes 2 Saturdays a month in a simulated manufacturing environment.

Accreditation: QQI Level 9 MSc in Food Business Management & Technology. 

Awarding body: Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus.

Next Intake: September 2021

Students Food Science

Course Outline

This course runs over three semesters. Students can access lectures online or at class two evenings a week with workshops taking place two Saturday's a month in our pilot facilities. (ECTS: 90 Credits)

Module 1: Global Food Supply Chain & Competitive Strategy

Procurement and supplier management, supply and demand, network design and optimisation, capacity planning, competitiveness, lean and six sigma, technology management and innovation, leadership for growth.

Module 2: Food Formulation & Processing

Formulation and processing of dairy, meat, baked goods, food micronutrients, additives, physiochemical and functional properties of food proteins, carbohydrates, fats and food additives, milling, blending, separation, pasteurisation, emulsification, pasteurisation,  homogenisation, heating, cooling, freezing, chilling, preservation, cooking.

Module 3: 21st Century Trends for the Global Food Industry

Irish food sector history, current and future developments, global food trends and challenges, global health issues, major challenges to food security in the 21st century.

Module 4: Food Marketing & Sales Strategy Development

New client opportunities, market gap analysis studies, new business opportunities, product costing, promotional analysis, product launch plans, Key elements of development and implementation of strategic marketing plans

Module 5: Food Science, Health & Nutrition

Diet, metabolism, nutritional information, the biochemistry of food, food labelling legislation, current and potential of nutraceuticals, effects of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fruit and vegetables.

Module 6: Legal and Regulatory Framework for  the Global Food Business

Legal and regulatory framework of the global food business, emerging legal, industrial best practice (BRC, IFS, ISO 22000, ISO9000). Managing Food Safety/HACCP/Allergens and consumer-led trends.

Module 7: Food Business Management

Finance, accounting, analysis of business performance, strategy, budgeting, KPIs, statistics, financial reporting.

Module 8: R&D Product Development & Management

Sensory science, consumer trends, brand management, innovation, consumers and food trends, product launch strategies

Module 9: Literature Review

This module assists learners to identify and examine relevant literature on their subject matter, ensuring that their literature is wide-ranging, relevant with well-linked concepts and ideas, with enquiry and research at its root.  The learner's research questions and dissertation focus will evolve from the literature review.

Module 10: Dissertation

To be awarded an MSc, learners must complete an original and comprehensive dissertation which may comprise of research or practical work-based thesis, drawing heavily on the underpinning from the taught and literature review modules.  Learners will further enhance their research and critical thinking skills, and in turn, develop expertise by completing a major piece of research. 


Food Science

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those with higher-level qualifications at NFQ Level 8 degree with a 2.2 award or higher in Science, Business, Quality, Engineering or related discipline.

Recognition of prior learning may be taken into account to support entry to this course.

QQI Levels Explained

Career Options

Potential Roles for graduates of this course include: 

  • R & D Product Management 
  • Sales and Marketing Management
  • Production/ Supervisory Management 
  • Quality/ Regulatory Affairs Roles
  • Supply Chain Roles
  • Project Management 
  • Process Improvement Roles

Our Professional Development team, through individual coaching and mentorship, develop each student to their greatest potential - developing their networking and communication and presentation skills, which ensures that graduates develop a suitable career path. This Career Development strategy has proven to be very successful, with over 70% of Innopharma graduates gaining employment or advancing further their careers in the industry within six months of qualification.

As a result of our proven track record, many organisations and recruitment agencies now contact us directly, requesting students to fill open roles they have.

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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 8 Honours degree in Science, Engineering, Business or a related discipline.

First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located at 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 chose the Food Business Management and Technology Masters because it’s a hybrid course between food science and food business management. It’s a unique layout with online evening lectures twice a week which allow me to continue working whilst getting my Masters.


Clodagh Fahy, MSc Food Business Management & Technology Graduate

Our graduates are now working in…

Kerry Foods
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