City scape

Business - Aquabusiness

What is this programme about?

Developed in partnership with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM – The Irish Sea Fisheries Board), this programme offers opportunities for those individuals interested in the seafood industry. The programme will be of interest to those looking to enter management roles in aquabusiness, aqua economics; financial or regulatory roles in R&D or in a seafood processing company or those interested in starting an aquabusiness.

This programme offers opportunities for personal development to explore new insights in strategic thinking and to enhance presentation skills for supervisory roles in emerging growth areas for the Aqua sector.

Entry requirements

This course is designed to cater for the aqua, fisheries and bio-products sectors of the seafood industry.

Applicants with major degrees at Level 7 (QQI Level 7 or equivalent). In addition, those with extensive work experience on fish farms or in fisheries occupations may be eligible under the IT Carlow recognition of prior learning policy (RPL). All applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. IT Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


Wexford - 1 year part-time

Number of credits

CWX10 Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness WEXFORD Part-time NFQ Level 8 Credits 60

Careers or further progression

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?

Graduates will have the ability through project work to prepare aquabusiness (aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing) plans to extend a product range and develop export markets. With a focus on sustainable fish farming and development of core skills in this sector, graduates of this programme will be able to:

• Undertake strategic analysis for market development;

• Understand and analyse key issues within compliance, legal and regulatory affairs in the sector;

• Innovate and build local and international marketing strategies;

• Better manage, communicate and build greater capacity and functionality across teams;

• Efficiently and effectively undertake economic pricing and financial analysis for better decision making.

Special Features of this programme

This programme has been designed and developed with industry experts in BIM to provide real world practical skills and education to learners who will have the opportunity to work on live business projects within the aqua business sector and complete site visits and work experience.

Further enquiries

Deputy Head Of Campus

Dr Janette Davies

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MMII


Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?

Aquabusiness Economics

Law and Regulation for Aquabusiness

Strategic and Innovation Management

Financial Management and Planning

Marketing Management in Aquabusiness

Work Placement

Course fee

CWX10 Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness WEXFORD Part-time €2,500

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!