UCC Adult courses

Food Science and Technology - Diploma - Dip

Course Fact File
Duration2 years
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelLevel 7
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose
Fees€2,800 per academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 August 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024

Blended - Online lectures with in person workshops. See Additional Teaching Information Mode for Further Details.

Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

The Diploma in Food Science and Technology is a part-time course over two years. The course gives you an understanding of food science, microbiology, food processing technology, nutrition and food business. It will allow you to upgrade your knowledge, skills and competencies. Particular emphasis is placed on linking basic principles with their practical application in industry.

  • In year one you will take modules in Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Technology, Food Engineering and Nutrition.
  • In year two you will take modules in Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Process Technology, Quality Systems and Food Business.
  • You also complete an individual assignment each year designed to integrate and apply the knowledge and understanding acquired on the course to a chosen topic.

The Modules for the Diploma are as follows:

Year 1

Year 2

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Nadia Grasso at ngrasso@ucc.ie

For Online Application Support please click here. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

There will be 10 Friday and Saturday Sessions from October until May. Most of the Lectures will be held online with some In Person workshops on Campus

Course Practicalities

This course takes place on the weekend with seminars from October to May


Atudents are assessed by end of module written examinations and a work-related assignment.

Why Choose This Course

The Irish food and drinks sector is one of Ireland’s most important indigenous industries. It has been identified as having a key role to play in Ireland’s export-led economic recovery. This is the only Diploma in Food Science and Technology in Ireland that is offered on a part-time basis.


  • Applicants should hold NFQ/FETAC Level 5 qualification or have appropriate experience/qualifications in a food related area as deemed relevant by the Academic Director and Programme Manager.
  • Applicants should have at least two years experience work.
For the attention of non-resident/overseas applicant:
Please note the course is delivered in a blended format. The sessions on the 7th /8th October;  17th /18th February and 31st March/1st April will be held on campus in UCC. The remaining sessions will be held online. Non-resident/overseas applicants will need to take travelling considerations into account before applying.  

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€2,800 per academic year. 

How To Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.


During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]

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Contact Details For This Course

Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact