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Food Business

The MSc in Food Business will provide you with the skills to analyse the key issues impacting on an evolving food chain such as changing consumer demand, the need for better value, the emerging food service markets, food supply chain management, food safety, food and health issues, product innovation, and the application of those skills to the food industry.

The balance of business and computer skills and a European language on this programme reflects the global nature of the food industry and the dynamic nature of the Irish food industry.

Course Details
The Department of Food Business and Development offers a full-time MSc in Food Business which is ideally suited to graduates interested in pursuing a career in strategic management or marketing in the food sector. The needs of the food sector in the future involve the development of an efficient and responsive food chain (from farm to processor to consumer) in which market changes are reconciled with strategic and production decisions along all stages of the food business chain.

The course is divided into two parts. You will complete modules to a total of 60 credits in Part I (year 1). You must undertake a food industry-centred research project after the end of Part I university examinations. In Part II (year 2) of the course you will submit a report on your food industry-centred research project and a dissertation on a research project.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- evaluate current food consumer and food industry trends, policy issues and drivers and strategies impacting on the evolving food supply chain

- design and implement innovative marketing strategies for competitive markets

- evaluate the role of market orientation and strategic marketing in new product success

- identify the ethical, regulatory and environmental responsibilities of modern food enterprises

- evaluate your personal and employment skills development as a result of working in some facet of the food supply chain

- apply new research techniques to new marketing situations

- analyse the research process and its key components and design a piece of research to answer a specific research question.

Unique Aspects of the Course
The unique features of the MSc in Food Business include an in-depth introduction to the national and international food sector, a unique blend of inter-disciplinary courses, and an introduction to leading-edge food research issues.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have achieved a First or Second Class Honours Degree. Relevant degrees include BComm, BA, BSc Food Science, BSc Food Technology and BSc Nutritional Sciences, BAgrSc, or equivalent.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests


2 years full-time.

Lectures take place from Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. The actual hours vary depending on the selection of elective modules over period one and period two. A seminar is held every Thursday from 9am to 11am to introduce you to key food research themes.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Employment opportunities from this course can be in the food or non-food sectors as the skills acquired are highly transferable. Recent graduates have secured employment in international food firms (Glanbia, Kerry), banks, food agencies (Bord Bia, UK Home-Grown Cereals Authority), non-food agencies (Enterprise Ireland, IBEC), market research firms (AC Nielsen) and in higher education. A central part of the MSc in Food Business is a food industry placement in a food firm, food agency, university, bank or related establishment, where you gain valuable work experience.

Placement and Study Abroad Information
Students undertake a food industry-centred research project following the Part I summer examinations. This usually involves a 16-week placement period with a relevant food business or food-related organisation.

Further enquiries

Dr. Joe Bogue,
Department of Food Business & Development,
University College Cork.
Tel: +353 21 490 2355


Who Teaches This Course
The academic staff of the Department of Food Business and Development are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. We have PhDs from leading universities and are focused on delivering the best possible experience for our students. In addition, invited guest lecturers and experts with a broad range of national and international experience also contribute to the MSc in Food Business.

Assessment method

Various methods of assessment are used, depending on the chosen modules.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €10,500 for year 1 (12 months) and then €5,250 for the 2nd part in year 2 (6 months) which includes completion of a minor thesis.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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