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Dairy Technology & Innovation

University College Cork (UCC), in association with Teagasc, has developed a part-time, blended-learning Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation. This level 9 qualification is part-time and is tailored to dairy industry needs and delivered online and by block-release to suit the seasonal nature of the dairy industry. The programme runs from September - December and January-March.

Applicants will be BSc graduates with a food science, nutritional sciences or biological/life sciences background, ideally who are currently working in the dairy industry, or dairy industry personnel with UCC’s Level 7 Diploma in Food Science and Technology.

All students must have access to a high-speed broadband internet connection and basic computing skills, including access to and some proficiency in Microsoft Excel. This is an intensive Level 9 programme and considerable commitment from students is expected.

Why Choose This Course

Offered in collaboration with Teagasc, this qualification is the only blended-learning, dairy-focused postgraduate qualification currently available in Ireland which will educate and upskill industry personnel working in dairy processing and related dairy activities or who wish to enter this industry

Placement or Study Abroad Information

This qualification is an international qualification thus graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation can be employed in dairy companies worldwide.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be graduates of an NFQ Level 8 degree programme (or equivalent) in food science, nutritional sciences, agricultural sciences, microbiology, biochemistry or related biological sciences with a minimum second class honours (grade 2), ideally with experience working in the dairy industry.
Holders of UCC’s Level 7 Diploma in Food Science and Technology with a minimum second class honours (grade 1) and a minimum of two years’ experience working in the dairy industry will also be eligible for admission.

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Duration

1 year part-time

The programme will be delivered in a blended-learning fashion incorporating traditional face-to-face lectures (mainly in a block-release fashion) and online learning tools.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation?

In line with the development of a knowledge economy this qualification will enable and empower dairy industry personnel and those wishing to join the industry to implement best practice, embrace new technological developments in dairy processing.

Occupations associated with Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation

Primary dairy processing companies and also suppliers to the dairy industry. Jobs include: production, quality control, quality assurance, R&D

Further enquiries

Professor Paul McSweeney
Email:p.mcsweeney@ucc.ie
Tel:353 21 490 2011

Sophie Flanagan
Email:sophie.flanagan@ucc.ie
Tel:353 21 490 2384

Subjects taught

Modules

The Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation is a blended-learning part-time programme running for one academic year. Students take modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:
FS6201 Milk production and quality (5 credits)
FS6202 Dairy chemistry (5 credits)
FE6502 Trends and dynamics across dairy markets (5 credits)
FS6203 Dairy processing technology (5 credits)
MB6201 Dairy microbiology (5 credits)
FE6501 Business processes across the supply chain (5 credits)

Modules will be taught as follows:

September-December
FS6201 Milk production and quality (3 days block release);
FS6202 Dairy chemistry (online module delivered September-November);
FE6502 Trends and dynamics across dairy markets (5 credits) (2.5 days equivalent block-release).

January-March
FS6203 Dairy processing technology (5 credits) (block-release; 5 days in January);
MB6201 Dairy microbiology (5 credits) (On-line delivery);
FE6501 Business processes across the supply chain (5 credits) (2.5 days equivalent block release).

Comment

Course Practicalities
The programme will be delivered in a blended-learning fashion incorporating traditional face-to-face lectures (mainly in a block-release fashion) and online learning tools.

Modules will be taught as follows:

September-December

FS6201 Milk production and quality (3 days block release); FS6202 Dairy chemistry (online module delivered September-November) FE6502 Trends and dynamics across dairy markets (5 credits) (2.5 days equivalent block-release).

January-March

FS6203 Dairy processing technology (5 credits) (block-release; 5 days in January); MB6201 Dairy microbiology (5 credits) (On-line delivery)FE6501 Business processes across the supply chain (5 credits) (2.5 days equivalent block release).

Assessment method

In addition to formal end-of-semester exams, students will be assessed on a continuous basis throughout the year through in-class tests and various assignments.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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