Diploma in Food and Agri-business (Springboard)

Course Points
60
Course Duration
3 Semesters
Course Level
Level 7
Course Start Date
September 2019

Course Summary

This 1 year part-time course has been designed to up-skill existing science and agriculture graduates with a view to increasing their employability in the Agri-Food sector. The technical skills of these graduates will be enhanced by the acquisition of knowledge in areas such as business, marketing, entrepreneurship, quality management and lean manufacturing.

The aim of this course is to up-skill existing science and agriculture graduates with a view to increasing their employability in the Agri-Food sector. The technical skills of these graduates will be enhanced by the acquisition of knowledge in areas such as business, marketing, entrepreneurship, quality management and lean manufacturing.

This will enable them to contribute to the cost-effective development and marketing of products in this sector.

Modules studied include:

  • Food Industry Quality Management
  • Value Added Products for the Food Industry
  • Marketing for the Agri-Business Sector
  • Food Processing and Production Management
  • Packaging of Food Products
  • Agri-Food Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Please note:

There is also a 30 credit certificate option available for this course which is delivered via 2 semesters.  You can find more information the Certificate in Food & Agribusiness here.

Semester 1

  • Food industry: quality management
  • Marketing for the agri business sector.
  • Valued Added products for the Food Industry

Semester 2

  • Food processing and production management
  • Packaging of food products
  • Agir Food entrepreneurship and innovation

Semester 3

  • 12 week work placement

Learners will be expected to attend DkIT one evening per week. The remainder of the course will be delivered online.

The course can lead to management opportunities in the food processing and farm supply industries, financial services, commercial farm advisory services and in the emerging rural development programmes in Ireland and overseas.

Level 6 major award in business, science, engineering or agriculture

Applicants who do not have a Level 6 award may still apply and may be considered for interview.

International students must have English level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

This course is designed for people working in the food and beverage (F&B) sector who wish to broaden their understanding of concepts associated with supply chain structure, management and control and being able to create, manage and control effective supply chains.

Such skills are essential for any supervisor or manager looking to progress their careers in F&B.

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Dr. Siobhán Jordan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health, School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: siobhan.jordan@dkit.ie

Lifelong Learning Centre
Phone: +353 42 9370295
Email: springboard@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NAAGB_7
Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Credits 60
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2019
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How to Apply

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Alternatively you can contact the Lifelong Learning Centre at DkIT at any time by emailing springboard@dkit.ie