Our Graduates


Read the stories of some of our students who graduated with BSc (Food Science), BSc (Nutritional Science) and BSc (Food Science and Technology) degrees. They are happy to share their career experiences with you and hope that this will help you with your career choice.

Attention to detail, being a cross functional team member and organisation are key to success

Deirdre O'Carroll - Blender, Irish Distillers

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Be patient – a career takes time to develop

Dr. Tom O'Callaghan, College Lecturer, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC

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Change is good. Be a team player. Always remain curious’

Rachel O’Brien, RDA Technologist II- Primary Dairy, Kerry Europe & Russia

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Make connections and conversations. Keep learning.

Anne Parle MPH BSc, Nutritionist & Site Leader, Food Choice

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Never throw away your university notes - you will go back to them again and again...

Teresa Daly, Business Development Manager (Kerry Group- Enzymes Europe)

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Food Science at UCC has opened many doors and opportunities in my career linking technical content, innovative thinking and teamwork seamlessly. A global food network (..and many friends along the way

Dr. Eve Mulcahy - Product Manager for Glanbia

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I am a practicing Nutrition Consultant with a particular interest in nutrition for sports performance and health.

Shonagh Harpur - The Nutrisho, Emmett Place, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

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Research opens the door to an unexpected and exciting journey

Dr. Ursula Kenny, Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition University of Chester

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‘This is a fantastic programme that links colleges internationally and provides great opportunities for students to understand different cultures and educational systems.’

Jia Hou – Product Development Specialist, Nestlé Development Centre, Askeaton, Ireland

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"This course has allowed me to work in the fast-paced food and beverage industry that continues to innovate and to break boundaries everyday"

Sarah Browner - BSc (Hons) Nutritional Sciences, MSc Innovation in European Business

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On graduation with a wide spread of basic core knowledge, microbiology, nutrition, food chemistry, processing and engineering.. also, knowing I could pick up the phone for support was a huge bonus

Valerie Kingston - Glenilen Foods, BSc Food Science (1991)

Valerie Kingston and her husband Alan, are the founders of Glenilen Farm, an artisan, dairy-based food company located in West Cork. Valerie’s entrepreneurial journey began when she started selling home-produced cheesecakes at the local farmer’s market over 20 years ago. What originated as a cottage industry is now an award-winning commercial enterprise supplying dairy-based chilled products to major retailers in Ireland and the UK, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

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