GradDip Sustainable Food Processing

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

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

We will provide students with knowledge of the principles underlying the sustainable processing of foods with the objective of applying this knowledge to the production of high quality, safe and nutritious foods whilst maximizing sustainability and minimizing environmental impact. We value academic excellence in the scientific discipline of sustainable processing of foods, the development of success skills in critical thinking, communication, interaction (teamwork, leadership, networking, interpersonal skills) and a commitment to the highest standards of professional integrity and ethical values. We provide learning opportunities in a variety of environments (e-classroom and practical, e-learning, self-directed projects), assessing our students using a diverse range of methodologies (essays, multiple choice tests, oral tests, assignments, presentations, practical books, laboratory research). 


  • Integrate and apply knowledge of key principles underlying Sustainable Food Processing
  • Demonstrate competence to acquire, organise, analyse integrate and critically review information from a wide range of sources relating to issues in Sustainable Food Processing and construct and defend reasoned conclusions
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of principles relating to scientific integrity and ethical issues in Sustainable Food Processing
  • Be skilled in proposing and developing solutions to sustainability related problems to food processing and communicate these to stakeholders, at a professional and appropriate level, utilizing information technology and a range of approaches
  • Have a working knowledge of the structures and theoretical tools that enable efficient team work, in order to generate innovative ideas and know how to approach their subsequent selection for further development
  • Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills
  • Think independently, show initiative, evaluate and reflect, set tasks and select appropriate and reasoned approaches to solve problems.

GradDip Sustainable Food Processing (D091) Part Time
EU/NONEU    fee per credit - € 125.1

***Fees are subject to change

The course is aimed at

1)Individuals working full-time in the food industry charged with improving sustainability of food systems.

2) Recent graduates with a BSc. in areas such as Science, Agriculture, Nutrition and Environmental Sciences, as a means of differentiating themselves from other graduates in this area and thus increasing their employability.

Applicants must hold a minimum of a Second Class Honors degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in a cognate subject (Science, Engineering or related discipline).

Applicants with other awards who hold substantial relevant work experience will also be considered.

Applicants who do not hold the requisite Science qualification (but who hold a Level 8 Honors degree or equivalent) have been admitted previously and are advised to submit an application for assessment by the Programme Director to determine eligibility

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Sustainable Food Processing PT (D091)
Part Time

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