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Diploma in Food Supply Chain Operations

Course Points
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+) will provide graduates with the opportunity to develop supply chain management skills, which have been identified as a major skills gap in the Food and Beverages Sector in Ireland. Graduates will be able to critically analyse the factors required to structure and manage a supply chain successfully.

Important notice about this course


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

The Food and Beverage sector is one of the largest sectors in Ireland from the viewpoint of both production and consumption. Its handling within the supply chain is vital to the Irish economy. Globalization of the food industry requires increased transportation of raw materials and finished goods.

This course will provide graduates with the opportunity to develop supply chain management skills, which have been identified as a major skills gap in the Food and Beverages Sector. Graduates will be able to critically analyse the factors required to stucture and manage a supply chain successfully. They will evaluate the concepts and theories that underpin business and international management and the pivotal role played by internationalisation strategies.

They will also have an understanding of food production and consumer assurance systems. They will be able to demonstrate the capability required to work in a multi-disciplinary team including scientific and business personnel.

The programme will be delivered part-time over one academic year (2 semesters), followed by a 12 week supervised industry placement.

Modules studied include:

  • Food Industry: Quality Management
  • Stores and Warehousing in the Food Industry
  • Transport in the Food Industry
  • Operations Management in the Food Industry
  • Food Processing and Production Management
  • Packaging of Food Products.

Please note:

There is a 30 credit course option available for this course delivered over 2 semesters (NOT funded by Springboard). For more information on this course, please visit the Certificate in Food Supply Chain Operations course page.

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

Semester 1:

  • Supply Chain Management: Stores & Warehousing
  • Supply Chain Management: Transport
  • Quality Management in the Food Industry

Semester 2:

  • Operations Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Food Packaging and Preservation

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. 

This course aims to support industry and career development in Supply Chain Management.

The course appeals to a variety of people working in wide range of industries, such as:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • medical devices
  • food and drinks
  • electronics
  • utilities
  • distribution and services.

Course participants work in various functions including: procurement, logistics, production, planning, quality, accounts & finance.

Course is FREE to the Unemployed.

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

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.


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

Equivalent industry recognition may be given through the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy process on an individual case-by-case basis to candidates who have not yet achieved this academic standard but who can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience. 

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. 

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science, DkIT)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2736

Dr. Breda Brennan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370206

Sara Farrell (Lifelong Learning Centre)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370291

Course ID DK_NAFSC_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 some via the Springboard scheme / €500 for others
Starting Date Thursday 28th January 2021
Apply to Springboard

How to Apply

You can enrol online for this course via Springboard by clicking the button below. Applications for this course open in October 2020. Please ensure to upload copies of your certified education.


If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact