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Business Sustainability

The MSc in Business Sustainability is a customised programme run in partnership with Bord Bia. The programme is connected to a key component of Bord Bia's current strategy, Origin Green, the objective of which is to build credentials in sustainable food supply of Irish food and drinks companies with a view to revolutionising, at an international level, how Irish food is positioned using sustainability. In an intense, challenging and constructive learning environment participants are exposed to the area of sustainability and learn about applying this subject area in a very real manner for organisational growth and development.

Who is it for?
The MSc is designed specifically for individuals who come from a broad range of specialist areas and who want to hone their skills in the area of business sustainability. This full-time, highly intensive programme will challenge participants to grow, change and develop. We look for participants who have at least 5 years work experience and can demonstrate an ability to be able to manage academic requirements along with the flexibility to relocate internationally for different elements of the programme.

In particular, this programme is suitable for:
•High achievers with the potential to be effective industry leaders
•Highly experienced participants with a genuine interest in sustainability
•Experienced functional or technical specialists in transition to a change management role
•Participants with key technical skills from the food, agricultural and environmental industry
•Participants with advanced language skills and experience working in the area of social responsibility and sustainability.

Key Benefits
Designed to improve your expertise in business sustainability, this 23-month programme will help you gain fundamental expertise in the area of business sustainability. It allows participants to gain in-depth knowledge of the emerging issues in business sustainability and the key skills necessary to integrate them so that a genuine, realistic and practical sustainability agenda can be created within the organisation. The programme is unique in its ability to position participants in key placements with the world's leading organisations. During the programme, you will meet and network with a wide range of industry leaders, sustainability experts and governmental agencies to help you foster real links in industry and the field of sustainability.

It focuses on building the business case for sustainability and participants develop a thorough understanding of how to position and help change an organisation so that they can adequately respond to the sustainability agenda.

Participants evolve into sustainability experts with the ability to advise and manage change in an organisation in order to help them respond effectively to key issues in business sustainability.

Employment prospects from these programmes are outstanding with numerous companies regularly recruiting directly from the programmes, including Kerry, Glanbia, Ornua, Teelings Whiskey, Keoghs Crisps, Dawn Farm Foods, Dairygold, among many more.

The Origin Green Ambassador programme is just one of an innovative suite of talent development programmes run in conjunction with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School which also serve to support the growth of the Irish food, drink and horticultural industry on a global scale.

Entry requirements

Participants should hold a primary degree.
Consideration will also be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but whose depth of industry / organisational experience, deems them suitable participants.

Successful entry onto the programme involves the completion of an application form, psychometric tests and an assessment centre. Upon completion of the application form, successful candidates are invited to complete each subsequent phase of the selection process.


23 months

Careers or further progression

Employment prospects from these programmes are outstanding with numerous companies regularly recruiting directly from the programmes, including Kerry, Glanbia, Ornua, Teelings Whiskey, Keoghs Crisps, Dawn Farm Foods, Dairygold, among many more.

Further enquiries

Phone: +353 1 716 8889/8080/8050
Fax: +353 1 716 8997

Subjects taught

The programme delivery model is underpinned by experiential learning opportunities and is built around taught modules, professional skills development, and an internship with an international company as well as a 12 month placement in a Bord Bia international export market.

Taught Modules
Led by UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, the programme includes faculty from Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Each faculty member is a world-renowned expert in the field of sustainability, food and agri-business who delivers the latest thinking and practice in the area of sustainability.

International placement
This element of the programme is designed specifically for participants to learn alongside expert companies in the area of sustainability. We partner with leading international food companies to provide participants first-hand experience of solving challenges and implementing sustainability programmes.

In-Market Practice
Over the course of the programme participants will complete three 5/6 month placements in a Bord Bia export market where they learn how to build awareness of Irish sustainability initiatives in the market specifically with B2B customers, government and non-government agencies.


The MSc in Business Sustainability is a 23 month, full-time programme. The initial 5 months involves taught modules, field trips and participation at industry and sustainability events. Participants then complete three 6-month internship with an international food company in a Bord Bia international export market. Participants will return for block release in between placements to complete academic modules.

Successful participants will be awarded an MSc in Business Sustainability. The qualification is accredited and awarded by UCD and is valued at 110 credits at NFQ Level 9.

Application date

Applications are welcomed from graduates with a minimum of four years' work experience and an interest in business development, sustainability and the food industry. The programme aims to recruit high potential, ambitious and motivated professionals who have aspirations to become future leaders in the Irish food industry.

If you would like to apply for this programme, please contact a member of our team on +353 1 716 8889, email:

Online applications in Oct/ Nov 2018 through the UCD scholarships page.

Course fee

The programme receives financial sponsorship from Bord Bia and leading food and drinks industries in Ireland. Participants on the programme have their fees paid and they receive a bursary payment during their time on the programme.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake
May/ June 2019

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