Food Business MSc

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Course Code: CKR23 Full-time

Course Title: Food Business

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science, Business and Law

Food Business

Duration: 18 months Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €10,500 for year 1 (12 months) and then €5,250 for the 2nd part in year 2 (6 months) which includes completion of a minor thesis. 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €18,000 year 1, year 2 TBC.

Entry Requirements: Candidates must have achieved a First or Second Class Honours Degree. Relevant degrees include BComm, BA, BSc Food Science, BSc Food Technology and BSc Nutritional Sciences, BAgrSc, or equivalent

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018


The MSc in Food Business will provide you with the skills to analyse the key issues impacting on an evolving food chain such as changing consumer demand, the need for better value, the emerging food service markets, food supply chain management, food safety, food and health issues, product innovation, and the application of those skills to the food industry.

The balance of business and computer skills and a European language on this programme reflects the global nature of the food industry and the dynamic nature of the Irish food industry.

Course Details

The Department of Food Business and Development offers a full-time MSc in Food Business which is ideally suited to graduates interested in pursuing a career in strategic management or marketing in the food sector. The needs of the food sector in the future involve the development of an efficient and responsive food chain (from farm to processor to consumer) in which market changes are reconciled with strategic and production decisions along all stages of the food business chain.

The course is divided into two parts. You will complete modules to a total of 60 credits in Part I (year 1). You must undertake a food industry-centred research project after the end of Part I university examinations. In Part II (year 2) of the course you will submit a report on your food industry-centred research project and a dissertation on a research project.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • evaluate current food consumer and food industry trends, policy issues and drivers and strategies impacting on the evolving food supply chain
  • design and implement innovative marketing strategies for competitive markets
  • evaluate the role of market orientation and strategic marketing in new product success
  • identify the ethical, regulatory and environmental responsibilities of modern food enterprises
  • evaluate your personal and employment skills development as a result of working in some facet of the food supply chain
  • apply new research techniques to new marketing situations
  • analyse the research process and its key components and design a piece of research to answer a specific research question

Detailed Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved a First or Second Class Honours Degree. Relevant degrees include BComm, BA, BSc Food Science, BSc Food Technology and BSc Nutritional Sciences, BAgrSc, or equivalent.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from here .

All required documentation must either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.

Course Practicalities

Lectures take place from Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. The actual hours vary depending on the selection of elective modules over period one and period two. A seminar is held every Thursday from 9am to 11am to introduce you to key food research themes.


Various methods of assessment are used, depending on the chosen modules.

For more information, please see the Book of Modules 2016/2017

Who Teaches This Course

The academic staff of the Department of Food Business and Development are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. We have PhDs from leading universities and are focused on delivering the best possible experience for our students. In addition, invited guest lecturers and experts with a broad range of national and international experience also contribute to the MSc in Food Business.

Contact us

E: Joe Bogue

P: + 353 21 490 2355
W: Website

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