BA Hons Food Business and Technology
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Why take this course?
This 4 year degree develops Honours level graduates in food business and technology. The B.A. (Hons) Food Business and Technology is the only food business degree in the Midland’s region and has been designed in conjunction with large local employers.
The food industry represents an important sector of the Irish economy. For example, the agri-food sector has an annual turnover in excess of €26bn, employing over 42,000 in processing alone. Food ingredients have driven the growth in Irish food and drink exports in recent years. In the past two decades, exports have more than doubled from €5.6 billion to €12.6 billion. Food processing and manufacturing is an exciting and multi-disciplinary area, which requires skills and competences in business, science and technology.
What will I experience?
• Successful completion of this programme presents you with opportunities to work in many areas of food manufacturing, including business management, operations management, technology, processing and product development;
• You will learn how to apply business concepts to food manufacturing, food processing and food technologies;
• The course includes a mixture of both theory and practical classes, based in kitchens, laboratories, IT suites and classrooms;
• Your practical classes will be backed up with theory, for example, food product nutritional balance and the safeguarding of nutritional integrity in prototype development.
What opportunities might it lead to?
Food manufacturing is a major employer in the Midlands region with a large number of companies in Offaly, Laois, Longford and Westmeath employing 100+ (e.g. Carroll’s of Tullamore, Panelto in Longford, Carty’s in Athlone, Glenisk in Tullamore). We have worked with many local employers to ensure this course offers all the skills needed for a successful career as a manager in a food manufacturing and processing operations in food business and technology.
The degree incorporates three strands; food processing and technology, business management and professional development. Food processing and technology topics, include, among others, food factory design, processing engineering, food security, quality management and food safety. Business topics include computer applications, project management, accounting and marketing. To ensure you graduate as a well-rounded and highly qualified specialist in the industry, we also require you to undertake two work placements (which we help you find) and a final year research project on a food related topic of your choice.
- Course Duration:
- Course Duration:
- 4 Years
- Course Commencement Date:
- CAO Course Code:
- Course NFQ Level:
- Level 8
- Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Studies
- Minimum Entry Requirements:
Minimum Entry Requirements:
Minimum O6/H7 grades in the Leaving Certificate examination, or equivalent. One of the six subjects presented must include English. Two of the six subjects must be at a grade of H5 or above.
Level 5 QQI: Any QQI-FET level 5 qualification is acceptable but must contain a minimum of 3 distinctions.
John Harding is a Food Science graduate of University College Cork, MSc in Environmental Risk Management from Dublin Institute of Technology and specialises in Food Safety Management Systems and Training.
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Beijing, 2016
"I throughly enjoyed myself on our Beijing fieldtrip. It was great to meet students from other courses and to learn about our industry in another country. I would recommend these trips to all students!"
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Dubai, 2017
"Dubai was an incredible experience for us. It was a place we never thought we would have wanted to visit but now we have a whole new perspective for ourfuture careers! We loved seeing the different culture and learning about the history of Dubai."
Careers & Opportunities
An honours degree (Level 8) is an effective basis for postgraduate training and research leading to Master’s and PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications. Taught postgraduate opportunities for the graduates of this programme are numerous and varied and include Master’s in food, hospitality and business management.
Graduates with a minimum grade of 2.2 will be eligible to apply for the one-year, full-time Master of Business programme at AIT.
- Management roles in food producers/ processors;
- Quality management in food manufacturing;
- New food product development;
- Advanced study at Master’s level
The course contains compulsory, assessed work placements in first and third year. We will assist you with finding the placement.
Placements could take place in a variety of settings, including in dairy, meat, bakery or additive manufacturers. The placements could take place locally, nationally or internationally depending on the student’s interest and employer needs.
Undertaking extended work placements at third level is a key part of the government’s higher education strategy. We aim to develop highly employable graduates and the skills and knowledge students acquire from these placements helps set them apart in the labour market.