Bioeconomy with Business

This Postgraduate Diploma in Bioeconomy with Business is a flexible, one-year, part-time blended, distance-learning programme designed to enable upskilling of those in the workplace and those seeking to engage in further study.

The Bioeconomy is one of the largest sectors in Europe encompassing agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, bio-energy and bio-based products. With a current annual turnover of 2 trillion euro on track to generate 1 million extra high quality jobs by 2030 driven by the transition to a low carbon economy.

The programme will be co-delivered by an interdisciplinary team, from IT Tralee, UCD and Teagasc. Students will gain a critical understanding of the concepts and frameworks of the Bioeconomy from technological, environmental, social and business perspectives. Students will explore primary production, sustainable processing, biotechnology, new product development, supply chain dynamics, innovation, business models, funding, collaboration and policy. Innovative pedagogies (peer-to-peer learning, action learning, professional and work-based learning, site visits and case studies) will be applied.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum NFQ level 8 degree in science, agricultural science, business, management, engineering or other relevant area.

Ideally candidates will possess relevant experience in one of the following areas: manufacturing; research and development; laboratory; quality; supply chain; procurement; engineering policy; funding or sales & marketing in one or more of the following sectors: agriculture; food & beverage; life science; chemical; packaging construction and policy.

The Institute's policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies (see below).

Subjects taught

The Bioeconomy Model for the Transition to a
Low Carbon Economy
Feedstock and Biomass: Production to
Sidestream Management and Valorisation
Biobased Value Chains, Markets and Products
Life Cycle Assessement
Biorefinery Processes and Technologies
Green Technologies Project
Policy and Social Aspects of the Bioeconomy
Knowledge, Innovation & Industry
Professional and Work based Learning




This programme will be delivered part-time from January 2020 to December 2020.


Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative (see below).

Fee paying applicants, €5,505 however, for employed applicants the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% will be collected before registration.

Enrolment dates

From January 2020 to December 2020.

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Progression Opportunities
On successful completion of the programme, students will have gained 60 credits at NFQ level 9 and may have the option to progress to the MSc in Bioeconomy with Business.

Graduates will be fully equipped to identify, lead and deliver bioeconomy initiatives in public or private organisations from SME to multi-national and will be in high demand across the bio-based industries (agriculture, forestry, marine, food and beverage, feed, nutrition and nutraceuticals, and bioenergy). Roles will include new product development, process improvement technologists, research scientists, sustainability managers, procurement, innovation managers, marketing and communication, regional development, policy and funding.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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