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Diploma in Food and Agri-business

Course Points
60
Course Duration
3 Semesters
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
12 Places
Course Start Date
Thursday 28th January 2021

Course Summary

This 1 year part-time course (funded by Springboard+) 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.

Important notice about this course

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This course is supported by Springboard+. You can find more information on Springboard by clicking here.

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.

The programme is part-time and the modules will be delivered across two semesters in blended mode, followed by a 12-week supervised industry work placement.

Please note: This programme is funded for eligible applicants via Springboard+ 2020.

There is also a 30 credit certificate option available for this course (not funded by Springboard+) 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
  • Agri-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.

Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course.

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation. 

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.

Course is FREE to the Unemployed.

A fee of €500 applied to the employed / self-employed applicants.

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

Applicants who do not meet these academic criteria and have experience in the Food and Beverage sector may be admitted though recognition of prior learning. Such candidates are assessed through a reference-supported application and interview.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have English level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

To apply for this programme via the Springboard+ scheme, you must meet the eligibility criteria (click to read) in addition to the minimum entry criteria listed above. 

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. Breda Brennan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370206
Email: breda.brennan@dkit.ie

Sara Farrell (Lifelong Learning Centre)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370291
Email: springboard@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_SFAAB_7
Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Credits 60
Places 12
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees FREE to Unemployed / €500 for others via the Springboard scheme
Starting Date Thursday 28th January 2021
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How to Apply

You can enrol online for this course today via Springboard+ by clicking the button below. 
Please ensure to upload copies of your certified education.

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If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact springboard@dkit.ie