Sustainable Food Processing

Delivered by leading international experts from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and the UCD Institute of Food and Health, graduates will be skilled in proposing and developing solutions to sustainability problems as they relate to post-farm-gate food processing from the point of production to the point of sale and communicating these to stakeholders professionally.

In a time where we need to ?nd new ways of processing food at unprecedented volumes whilst minimising their environmental impact, graduates of this programme will acquire a critical awareness of principles relating to scienti?c integrity and ethical issues in Sustainable Food Processing using a range of approaches.

This course is aimed at individuals working full-time in the food industry charged with improving the sustainability of food systems or recent graduates who wish to specialise in the area of sustainability.

Course Description
Modules include a mixture of autonomous student learning, course work, and lectures. The course is assessed by a combination of assignments, in-trimester continuous assessment exercises, and end of trimester examinations.

Modules for students enrolling on this programme include:
• One Health
• Food chain integrity
• Nutrients for a balanced and healthy diet
• Plant foods
• Balancing environmental limits in food systems against dietary requirements
• Advanced food safety toxicology
• Life cycle assessment
• Food microbiology
• Precision food safety in the genomics area
• Fundamentals of food chemistry
• Milk and dairy products.

This programme is delivered and assessed entirely online. The minimum registration to the MSc is two years, however, students have four years in which to complete the programme thereby affording ?exibility. The online format of the programme enables students enrolled to combine studying while in employment.

Vision & Values Statement
We will provide students with strong foundation knowledge of the principles underlying the sustainable processing of foods with the objective of applying this technical knowledge to the production of high quality, safe and nutritious foods whilst maximizing sustainability and minimizing environmental impact. We value academic excellence in the scientific discipline of sustainable processing of foods, the development of success skills in critical thinking, communication, interaction (teamwork, leadership, networking, interpersonal skills) and a commitment to the highest standards of professional integrity and ethical values. We provide learning opportunities in a variety of environments (e-classroom and practical, e-learning, self-directed projects), assessing our students using diverse range of methodologies (essays, multiple choice tests, oral tests, assignments, presentations, practical books, laboratory research).

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Chemistry of Nutrients FDSC40500
Food Microbiology & Safety FDSC40520
Physiology & Metabolism FDSC40530
Meat and Meat Products O/L FDSC40550
Milk and Dairy Products (O/L) FDSC40590
Bioinformatics in Food Safety FDSC40710
Food Micro Hazards FDSC40870
Food Microbiology FDSC40900
Food Processing FDSC40910
Plant Foods FDSC40920
Sustainability Project FDSC40930
Food Toxicology FDSC40940
Food Health and Diet FDSC40950
Life Cycle Assessment FDSC40960
Food Safety Genomics FDSC40970
Sustainability in Diet FDSC40980
Food Security FDSC41020
Food Chain Integrity O/L FDSC41030
Environmental Food Processing FDSC41040
One Health O/L FDSC41050
Food Regulatory Affairs (O/L) HNUT40100
Food Quality and Safety (O/L) HNUT40110
Research Design and Statistics HNUT40130

Entry requirements

• Applicants must hold a minimum of a Second-Class Honors degree in a cognate subject (Science, Engineering or related discipline), or international equivalent.

• Applicants with other awards who hold substantial relevant work experience will be considered.

• Applicants who do not hold the requisite Science qualification (but who hold a Level 8 Honors degree or equivalent) have been admitted previously and are advised to submit an application for assessment by the Programme Director to determine eligibility.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Sustainable Food Processing PT (D074)
2 Years
Part Time

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


2 years part-time online.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The course is aimed at individuals working full-time in the food industry charged with improving the sustainability of food systems or those working in the food industry seeking to upskill and differentiate themselves for a career in this area. Recent graduates of food or health related disciplines seeking new careers in this rapidly expanding sector are also encouraged to apply.

Graduates of this MSc will be positioned for leadership roles in this critically important sector for the Irish and Global economy.

Opportunities for employment include: Sustainability Manager, Environmental Of?cer, Food Processing Manager, Food Production Manager, Food Safety , New Product Development, Food Regulation Manager as well as emerging opportunities around Sustainable Food Systems.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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