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Food Business Strategy

The curriculum has been co-devised by UCD Smurfit School and UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science in order to offer a unique opportunity to receive the highest quality business training as well as to gain a deep understanding of the food sector Insight into the core business concepts that graduates from the course will need to master with a view to a future career in the sector.
-Advanced knowledge of the factors specific to food affecting the sustainability of food production and the role that innovation can play in the sector
-An appreciation of the increasingly complex and global environment in which the food business currently operates and the uncertainties and risks attached to food production

Entry requirements

-A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Agricultural Science, Science, Business, Commerce, Business Administration, Economics or related degree, or
-An honours Graduate Diploma in Business Studies or related subject, or
-A primary degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience


1 Year Full Time

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

The food sector is seen as a key growth sector. There are therefore many opportunities, both nationally and internationally in a wide range of businesses, both directly in food but also in the many related industries.

Likely roles that graduates may go into include:
Account Manager
Marketing Executive
Management Trainee
Account Strategist

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Donna Downing
Contact Number: 01 716 8948

Telephone: +353 (0)1 716 4043

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Economics of Food

Group Project

Food Policy

Innovation for Food Business

Supply Chain Mgt Global Food Sys

Customer Driven Mkg Food Indus

Comp Strategy in Global Food Industry

Leadership for Growth: food industry

Stage 1 - Option

Economics of Entrepreneurship

Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Managing Negotiation Process MSc

Project Management MScBus

Brand Management


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This course is open to a wide range of undergraduate profiles, but is especially suitable for those with a background in agriculture-based or other science degrees seeking to develop their business expertise and those with more business-focused degrees and an interest in moving into the food sector.

Application date

FT (D042)

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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