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Food Product Development

Is this course for me?

The Higher Diploma in Food Product Development is a conversion programme aimed at graduates to meet the needs of those progressing from undergraduate qualifications in science, the social sciences and humanities as well as from more applied and inter-disciplinary undergraduate programmes such as business and management.

The course is also focussed to meet the career and personal development needs of professionals from the public, private, community or voluntary sectors. This programme has been designed to promote and encourage the synthesis of advanced knowledge and skills in the area of food product innovation, planning, design and development. The programme takes a broad entrepreneurial view of food product development, exploring issues and problems relevant to a wide range of situations and issues that managers and other professionals are likely to face.

The aim of this programme is to equip participants with the necessary expertise to manage, co-ordinate and develop food product development businesses and projects in Ireland and abroad and develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required for food innovation professionals who can contribute strategically to the creation of unique food products.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

- Applicants should hold a honours bachelor degree in a non-cognate discipline or a bachelor degree in a related discipline.

- If you do not have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Follow-on Courses

Follow up programmes elsewhere include:
Masters degrees at LYIT and in institutes and universities at home and abroad.

Career Pathways

The main employers are:
Quality Control

Graduate Careers

Former graduates are employed in the following capacities:
Food Product Development
Quality Control Specialist
Food Safety & Food Standards Specialist

Further enquiries

Further Information
Ciarán ó hAnnracháin
Head of Department
Telephone: +353 (0)74 918 6603

Subjects taught

Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/elective Credits Hours Per Week

Culinary Practice for Food Product Development Mandatory 5 4
Food Product Innovation Mandatory 10 4
Consumer Behaviour in Food Marketing Mandatory 5 3
QA & Food Regulatory Affairs Mandatory 10 5

Food Product - Design & Development Mandatory 10 6
Strategic Marketing Management Mandatory 10 5
Work Placement Mandatory 10 6

Application date

Application Deadline - 24 August

Course fee

EU Fees: €3,000.00
Non-EU Fees: €3,000.00

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