Postgraduate Certificate In Dairy Technology And Innovation

Below, Professor Paul McSweeney, Academic Director and lecturer for Dairy Chemistry on the course provides a brief insight to the programme.

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About the PG Cert

University College Cork, in association with Teagasc, has developed a part-time, blended-learning, Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation. UCC has over 90 years of experience in dairy science education, and together with the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, the greater Cork area, now has one of the largest and most active dairy research clusters in the world. UCC and Teagasc have a long history of collaboration, as recognised by a strategic alliance (UCC-Teagasc Food Innovation Alliance) to build greater critical mass in food research. Drawing on these strengths and in light of industry’s needs, UCC and Teagasc have developed and launched a Level 9 Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation.

This course mixes online learning with face-to-face teaching and consists of three days of face-to-face lectures in October and again in February. During these sessions, students will meet with lecturers in UCC and Teagasc and engage in tutorials and practical sessions. Click on the following link to download the lastest brochure PG Certificate Brochure 2022


Who should attend?

This is course is targeted at those working/hoping to work, in the food, agri-food or dairy sectors, who wish to develop or increase their knowledge in relation to dairy. This course is provided at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (see below) and so it is anticipated that potential applicants would have a Level 8 Degree (or equivalent) in food science, nutritional sciences, agricultural sciences, microbiology, biochemistry or related biological sciences, with a minumum second class honours (grade 2), ideally with experience working in the dairy sector will be eligible to apply. Diplomates of UCC's Level 7 Diploma in Food Science and Technology with a minimum second class honours (grade 1) and a minimum of 2 years' experience working in the dairy industry are also be eligible for admission. If you are unsure if you are eligible to register for this course, please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Manager (

 NFQ with Level 9 PG Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation

Programme Outline

The programme has been developed specifically for those working full-time. It is typically delivered by blended learning, involving a combination of online and in-class sessions from October to December and January to March. 

  • The first semester commences at the start of October with a fully online modules which runs one evening a week until the start of December.
  • This followed by a block week of teaching in October, typically consisting of five consecutive days split between University College Cork and Teagasc.
  • The second semester follows a similar formal with a second block week of teaching being held in February.

Core Modules

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:

Semester 1 (October to December) Semester 2 (January to March)

Milk production and quality

Trends and dynamics across dairy markets

Dairy chemistry

Dairy processing technology

Business processes across the supply chain

Dairy microbiology

What are our students saying?

"Personally, I have a much better understanding of the chemistry and microbiology of milk, which is very important in my role as a process engineer. I am also more aware of the various dairy processes and processing technologies used throughout industry and how some of the processes used by our company can be improved upon"

"The content of the course was beneficial to me personally and to my company, it will enhance my career prospects"

"Online lectures were brilliant"

"The course reflects perfectly the reality and the issues of the sector"


Anton O'Reilly and Gerard Fitzgerald talk about their experience of completing the PG Cert in Dairy Technology and Innovation


If you would like to register for the 2022 start date please register using UCC's application system

Cost: The total cost of the course is €5,130 for EU students and €10,300 for non-EU students. Taste 4 Success Skillnet offer partial funding to those who meet their elibility criteria - please enquire below for further information.

For further information please contact:
Dr Amy-Jane Troy
Programme Manager, Food Industry Training Unit, Room 246
School of Food and Nutritional Sciences College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC
t: +353 21 4902799

Further information is also available on the UCC Graduate Studies Page


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