Food Business Management & Technology

Innopharma Labs Ltd

Food Business Management & Technology

Level 9 MSc in Food Business Management & Technology.
Awarding body: Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus.


This unique MSc in Food Business Management & Technology will make you a significantly more effective professional in a highly quality-driven industry. Innopharma Education supports the Food Manufacturing sector by training multi-skilled personnel to integrate into both operations and business roles within this fast-growing sector.

Through this programme you will gain a broader understanding of the intricacies of food manufacturing, it's processing, product development and food laws as well as several other facets of the Food & Beverage Industry. This Masters degree is suited to those with a Science, Engineering, Business or Quality qualification, wishing to expand their career prospects in Irelands booming Food Industry.

Designed and delivered by highly experienced industry and academic professionals, this course will give you the advanced skills and knowledge that companies are looking for. The unique part-time online delivery means learners can log on live or catch up at a time that suits. This 3-semester programme involves online lectures 2 evenings a week and practical classes 2 Saturdays a month in a simulated manufacturing environment.

Subjects taught

Module 1: Global Food Supply Chain & Competitive Strategy
Procurement and supplier management, supply and demand, network design and optimisation, capacity planning, competitiveness, lean and six sigma, technology management and innovation, leadership for growth.

Module 2: Food Formulation & Processing
Formulation and processing of dairy, meat, baked goods, food micronutrients, additives, physiochemical and functional properties of food proteins, carbohydrates, fats and food additives, milling, blending, separation, pasteurisation, emulsification, pasteurisation, homogenisation, heating, cooling, freezing, chilling, preservation, cooking.

Module 3: 21st Century Trends for the Global Food Industry
Irish food sector history, current and future developments, global food trends and challenges, global health issues, major challenges to food security in the 21st century.

Module 4: Food Marketing & Sales Strategy Development
New client opportunities, market gap analysis studies, new business opportunities, product costing, promotional analysis, product launch plans, Key elements of development and implementation of strategic marketing plans

Module 5: Food Science, Health & Nutrition
Diet, metabolism, nutritional information, the biochemistry of food, food labelling legislation, current and potential of nutraceuticals, effects of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fruit and vegetables.

Module 6: Legal and Regulatory Framework for the Global Food Business
Legal and regulatory framework of the global food business, emerging legal, industrial best practice (BRC, IFS, ISO 22000, ISO9000). Managing Food Safety/HACCP/Allergens and consumer-led trends.

Module 7: Food Business Management
Finance, accounting, analysis of business performance, strategy, budgeting, KPIs, statistics, financial reporting.

Module 8: R&D Product Development & Management
Sensory science, consumer trends, brand management, innovation, consumers and food trends, product launch strategies

Module 9: Literature Review
This module assists learners to identify and examine relevant literature on their subject matter, ensuring that their literature is wide-ranging, relevant with well-linked concepts and ideas, with enquiry and research at its root. The learner's research questions and dissertation focus will evolve from the literature review.

Module 10: Dissertation
To be awarded an MSc, learners must complete an original and comprehensive dissertation which may comprise of research or practical work-based thesis, drawing heavily on the underpinning from the taught and literature review modules. Learners will further enhance their research and critical thinking skills, and in turn, develop expertise by completing a major piece of research.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those with a minimum NFQ Level 8 honors degree with a 2.2 award or higher in Science, Business, Quality, Engineering or related discipline.

Application dates

Our admissions team are on hand to assist you with your application and answer any questions you may have on the course.

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process.

Step 1: Enquire through the form at the top right of this page

Step 2: A member of our team will be in contact through phone or email

Step 3: If you are deemed to be eligible for the course, you will be sent an application form by email. You MUST fill in this application form and attach all necessary *documents (CV, ID, Transcripts, etc.)

Step 4: On submission of the completed application form and all documentation, your application will be sent to the associated department for final approval. You will receive an e-mail confirming your place on the programme. (Note: This process can take up to one week particularly during busy admission periods.)

*We accept scanned documents in a pdf format. Pictures of documents are not accepted.

**For those who are applying for Springboard or HCI funding, you will be directed to fill out an additional application form on the Springboard website, this is to confirm your eligibility to receive funding


This course runs over three semesters. Students can access lectures online two evenings per week, with additional compulsory labs. Workshops will also take place two Saturdays per month in Dublin.

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Potential Roles for graduates of this course include:

R & D Product Management
Sales and Marketing Management
Production/ Supervisory Management
Quality/ Regulatory Affairs Roles
Supply Chain Roles
Project Management
Process Improvement Roles

Our Professional Development team, through individual coaching and mentorship, develop each student to their greatest potential - developing their networking and communication and presentation skills, which ensures that graduates develop a suitable career path. This Career Development strategy has proven to be very successful, with over 70% of Innopharma graduates gaining employment or advancing further their careers in the industry within six months of qualification.

As a result of our proven track record, many organisations and recruitment agencies now contact us directly, requesting students to fill open roles they have.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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