ME Management (Food Engineering)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The production and manufacture of food and drink products is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry with an annual turnover approaching €24 billion. Almost 50,000 people are directly employed in the food and drink sector with a further 60,000 employed indirectly in all regions of the country. With an ever increasing and diverse population in Ireland, the volumes and diversity of the food and drink consumed has also changed and presented new challenges in terms of increased production and quality management. As a consequence, there is also increased industry emphasis on ensuring a highly trained and motivated work force to manage this expansion.

This programme is aimed at professional engineering, science and technology candidates who wish to develop their knowledge around the scientific and technological aspects of food manufacturing/processing with an understanding of the underlying management issues. This programme will be of particular interest to people who may currently be in a production or technical role but who wish to advance to a more senior management role and progress their careers as engineers or managers in the food and beverage industries.

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. No

•    Acquire conceptual and practical skills that will enable them to operate at the highest level in the global food and beverage sector, drawing on the food engineering, business and human sciences aspects of the programme.

•    Gain a deep understanding of the world of food engineering management by covering a wide range of food engineering and business topics, from unit operations to quality management and corporate entrepreneurship.

•    Identify and understand the scientific underpinning of technology for food production and processing.

•    Learn best practices in human and organisational behaviour which are key to improving organisational effectiveness.

•    Equip themselves with the tools and techniques to deal professionally with the areas of innovation and technological development.

•    Communicate effectively to a scientific/non-scientific audience.


The programme represents an opportunity for those who have previous experience, or are already employed, in the food and drinks industry and wish to enhance their analytic skills while acquiring new skills in business management. The programme will be of particular interest to people who may currently be in a production or technical role but who wish to advance into a more senior management role and advance their careers as engineers or managers in the food and beverage industries. Employment opportunities exist in both national and international food and drink companies (e.g. Glanbia, Diageo).

The devised programme provides an optimal mix of modules to cover new and novel developments in food engineering and management practice, and hence bridges the divide between food engineering and management while providing candidates with a professional qualification for career enhancement.

The first year has a focus on advanced food engineering concepts and management practice while year two will build on this experience using more advanced thinking and concepts to develop innovation and entrepreneurship skills. The programme is delivered over four academic semesters (2 academic years part-time) with lectures predominately taking place on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Lectures in year 1 semester 2 will take place all day Friday. Please ensure you email to get full timetable details.

Core modules include:

  • Unit Operations in Bioprocessing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Advanced Food Process Engineering
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Project management
  • Quality management
  • Decision Analysis
  • Design & Innovation
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Business Systems Design

ME Management (Food Engineering) (T320) Part Time
EU          Year 1 - € 9650
nonEU    Year 1 - € 13200
EU          Year 2 - € 9420 aa
nonEU    Year 2 - € 12800 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2022 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2021/22
***Fees are subject to change

  • An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering, Science or cognitive technology degree programme.
  • Participants shoud have a minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Participants should have a minimum of five years relevant professional experience. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis so that in certain exceptional cases applicants who do not have the relevant qualification may be considered.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Programme Director

Assoc Prof. Enda Cummins

This is a new part-time programme combining established core strengths in food engineering and management within the College of Engineering and Architecture. This programme provides a unique part –time option for candidates wanting to enhance their knowledge in the food engineering area while developing new business knowledge and management skills. The programme provides a deep understanding of the world of food engineering management and will enhance job and career progression opportunities in the food and beverage industries. A combination of taught modules and project activities led by experienced academic leaders ensures a unique and balanced experience.

This programme is a collaboration between two Engineering Schools (School of Biosystems and Food Engineering; School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering) with additional input from the UCD School of Business. The programme draws upon the combined professional expertise and resources of each school. The School of Biosystems & Food Engineering has recently invested in excess of €1 million in state-of-the-art facilities research infrastructure and equipment.

The following entry routes are available:

ME Management (Food Engineering) PT (T320)
2 Years
Part Time

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