UCC Postgraduate courses

Dairy Technology and Innovation

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

University College Cork (UCC), in association with Teagasc, has developed a part-time, blended-learning Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation.  This level 9 qualification is part-time and is tailored to dairy industry needs and delivered online and by block-release to suit the seasonal nature of the dairy industry. The programme runs from September - December and January-March.

Applicants will be BSc graduates with a food science, nutritional sciences or biological/life sciences background, ideally who are currently working in the dairy industry, or dairy industry personnel with UCC’s Level 7 Diploma in Food Science and Technology.

All students must have access to a high-speed broadband internet connection and basic computing skills, including access to and some proficiency in Microsoft Excel.  This is an intensive Level 9 programme and considerable commitment from students is expected.  


The Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation is a blended-learning part-time programme running for one academic year. Students take modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:

  • FS6201    Milk production and quality (5 credits)
  • FS6202    Dairy chemistry (5 credits)
  • FE6502    Trends and dynamics across dairy markets   (5 credits)
  • FS6203    Dairy processing technology (5 credits)
  • MB6201   Dairy microbiology (5 credits)
  • FE6501    Business processes across the supply chain   (5 credits) 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The programme will be delivered in a blended-learning fashion incorporating traditional face-to-face lectures (mainly in a block-release fashion) and online learning tools.   


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

The programme will be delivered in a blended-learning fashion incorporating traditional face-to-face lectures (mainly in a block-release fashion) and online learning tools. Modules will be taught as follows:


  • FS6201 Milk production and quality (3 days block release);
  • FS6202 Dairy chemistry (online module delivered September-November);
  • FE6502 Trends and dynamics across dairy markets (5 credits) (2.5 days equivalent block-release).


  • FS6203 Dairy processing technology (5 credits) (block-release; 5 days in January);
  • MB6201 Dairy microbiology (5 credits) (On-line delivery);
  • FE6501 Business processes across the supply chain (5 credits) (2.5 days equivalent block release).


In addition to formal end-of-semester exams, students will be assessed on a continuous basis throughout the year through in-class tests and various assignments

Who teaches this course?

This postgraduate certificate will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary team (from UCC and the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark), recognised as leading international dairy researchers with considerable interaction with the Irish and international dairy industries. The UCC staff members who will deliver the programme include:

  • Professor Paul McSweeney
  • Dr Seamus O’Mahony
  • Professor Alan Kelly from the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Professor Gerald FitzGerald from the School of Microbiology
  • Dr Alan Collins
  • Dr Mary McCarthy
  • Dr Seamus O’Reilly
  • Dr Joe Bogue from the School of Food Business and Development.

Additional contributions will be made by several experienced teaching/research staff from Teagasc. All participating staff members have direct experience of developing and delivering technical training materials for an industry audience

Why Choose This Course

Offered in collaboration with Teagasc, this qualification is the only blended-learning, dairy-focused postgraduate qualification currently available in Ireland which will educate and upskill industry personnel working in dairy processing and related dairy activities or who wish to enter this industry

Placement or Study Abroad Information

This qualification is an international qualification thus graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation can be employed in dairy companies worldwide.

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation?

In line with the development of a knowledge economy this qualification will enable and empower dairy industry personnel and those wishing to join the industry to implement best practice, embrace new technological developments in dairy processing.

Occupations associated with Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation

Primary dairy processing companies and also suppliers to the dairy industry. Jobs include: production, quality control, quality assurance, R&D  


  • Candidates must be graduates of a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) programme (or equivalent) in food science, nutritional sciences, agricultural sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, engineering or related biological sciences with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II, ideally with experience working in the dairy industry.
  • Holders of UCC’s Level 7 Diploma in Food Science and Technology with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I and a minimum of two years’ experience working in the dairy industry will also be eligible for admission.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €5,130.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €10,130.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Once-off funding for 2019

Once-off funding is available for students registering and completing this course for the 2019/2020 academic year only. For further details please contact the Programme Manager.

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June

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