Food Business Strategy

This comprehensive course offers a sound training in business concepts and practice, as well as a wider understanding of the unique environment within which food businesses operate.

The curriculum has been co-devised by UCD Smurfit School and UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science in order to offer a unique opportunity to receive the highest quality business training as well as to gain a deep understanding of the food sector.

-Insight into the core business concepts that graduates from the course will need to master with a view to a future career in the sector
-Advanced knowledge of the factors specific to food affecting the sustainability of food production and the role that innovation can play in the sector
-An appreciation of the increasingly complex and global environment in which the food business currently operates and the uncertainties and risks attached to food production

Subjects taught

You will complete seven modules, an optional module and a research project in the Summer Term. Features of the course include site visits, regular invited industry speakers and the development of a business strategy for a real food company as part of the research project. Previous participating companies include Cully and Sully, Strong Roots and East-Coast Bakehouse.

Stage 1 Core
Economics of Food Markets and Business Behaviour AERD40100
Group Project AERD40110
Food Policy and Industry Responses AERD40130
Innovation for Food Business AERD40150
Supply Chain Mgt Gbl Food Sys BMGT44500
Competitive Strategy in Global Food and Agribusiness markets MKT42070
Customer Focused Food MKT42590
Future of Food MKT42600

Stage 1 Option
Entrepreneurship: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations BMGT43480
Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship BMGT44300
Leadership, Organisations & Me BMGT45580

Entry requirements

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Agricultural Science, Science, Business, Commerce, Business Administration, Economics or related degree, or

An honours Graduate Diploma in Business Studies or related subject, or

A primary degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MSc Food Business Strategy FT (D042)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Assessment Info



1 Year Full Time


MSc Food Business Strategy (D042) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 14400
nonEU fee per year - € 19825

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be open to an array of national and international employment opportunities within a rapidly growing industry or related sectors. Graduates from this and similar courses are employed across a selection of many national and international organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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