Food Regulatory Affairs - Sligo

Our part-time online Level 9 Certificate in Food and Drink Regulatory Affairs has been developed in collaboration with Industry and acts as a progression route to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Food Regulatory Affairs.

Modules Include:

Diploma Level
Research methods in Food Regulatory Affairs (5 Credits)
Managing Trends and Divergence in Food Regulatory Affairs (10 Credits)
Sustainable Food Systems and Regulatory interactions (10 Credits)
Current and Future issues impacting Food Regulations (5 Credits)

Masters Level
Thesis/Research Project (30 Credits)
Company focused
Lit Review

Course Objectives:

At the end of the Programme graduates should:

Have a thorough understanding of the theory and best practice relating to Food and Drink sector regulatory structures and procedures.

Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of current Food and Drink sector regulations and the role of the regulatory affairs professional in the industry.

Have a comprehensive understanding of the key functions involved in the commercialisation of a novel product including: supply, sales and marketing legislation.

Employ appropriate advanced data analysing, synthesising, summarising and research skills to evaluate critical aspects of regulatory affairs within the Food and Drink sector.

Interpret, synthesise and integrate core aspects of a food or drink product lifecycle, associated compliance issues and important processing parameters with a view to problem solving and making regulatory decisions in a timely and competent manner.

Formulate, present and defend scientific information/regulatory findings in a variety of forms to regulatory agencies, state bodies, internal personnel and the public.

Appreciate the complex and fluid relationships of food and drinks industry processes, prescribed regulatory framework and selected support activities.

Apply concepts and skills learnt in a variety of contexts.

Work effectively in the Food and Drink sector environment by acting autonomously and thinking independently to meet regulations and participating constructively in a complex team environment within a technical field to ensure the team is operating within the appropriate regulations.

Key Course Information
Course Attendance:

The programme uses a blend of learning channels to support learning, pre-dominantly live online lectures, supported by face-to-face seminars and self-directed learning. Adobe Connect will be used for lectures, whilst Moodle will be used as the student portal for accessing material, uploading projects and collaborating with staff and other students.

Lectures will be delivered online. Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle allowing you to watch back at a time that suits you.

Whether you are studying part-time online, blended, or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. In terms of time commitment, students would need to allow 7 hours per week, consisting of 2 hours evening lectures and 5 hours independent learning and project work. Workshops are used to bring learners together and facilitate group learning.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Framework of Food Regulations 10
Food Processing Regulations 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
Claims and Labelling - Food to Market 05
Supply Chain Integrity 05
Professional Development in Food Regulatory Affairs 05

Semester 3
Title Credits
Research Methods in Food Regulatory Affairs and Sustainable Food Systems 05
Sustainable Food Systems and Regulatory Interactions 10

Semester 4
Title Credits
Managing Trends and Divergence in Regulatory affairs 10
Current and Future Issues Impacting Food Legislation 05

Semester 5
Title Credits
Dissertation in Food Regulatory Affairs and Sustainable Food Systems 30

Entry requirements

Who should apply?

Employees in the Food and Drink sector, working in technical areas such as quality, food safety, regulatory affairs or R&D, need to be able to interpret regulations and understand their implications for their business. Trainees may have a variety of backgrounds, including food science, food engineering, home economics, and microbiology, however, many have not had any formal training in food regulatory affairs.

This course is open to those with a Level 8 Degree or Level 8 or Level 9 in other areas with sufficient work experience as assessed by Atlantic Technological University. Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo's Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process.

RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at

Post Course Info

Further Study
Participants have the option to claim their Certificate or alternatively progress to Diploma on pathway to MSc in Food Regulatory Affairs

More details
  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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