Functional Foods & Product Development

Key programme benefits to future students
Hands-on experience in bioactivity testing and sensory analysis of foods

Hands-on experience in design of experiment, modelling, and optimisation of food formulations and processes

In-depth analysis of EU regulations on new products and functional foods

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Advanced Industrial Food Fermentations and Functionality
• Protein-based ingredients and functional foods
• Clinical Implications of Functional Foods
• Product Development and Sensory Properties
• Managing Creativity and Innovation
• Industrial by-products and functional food

Spring Modules
• Nutraceuticals and Disease
• Lipid-based ingredients and functional foods
• Scientific Communication and Literature Review
• Nutritional Epidemiology & Translational Research Methods
• Research Project

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree (Level 8 - NFQ or other internationally recognized equivalent) with a minimum second-class hons, in a relevant branch of Food Science and Health Sciences (i.e., Nutrition and Pharmacy) or Food, Biosciences, Bioprocessing/Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering. Degrees in Chemistry, Food Technology, Food Engineering, and Biology are also accepted.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered under the University of Limerick Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Qualification transcripts and certificates
An up-to date Curriculum Vitae outlining your work experience (with details of each role you have held) and your technical skills
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
Graduates from this course can choose a career in the areas of Food technology, Nutrition, Food chemistry and their related positions in research and development. Graduates will be able to work across a diverse range of environments to include food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, and in academia (i.e., PhD studies). Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research institutions and academia.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

  • Apply to

    Course provider