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BSc (Hons) Degree in Food Innovation Management

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Course Duration

Full-time: 3 years or 4 years including Diploma in Professional Practice.

Course Location

Loughry Campus

BSc (Hons) Degree in Food Innovation Management*

The new BSc Honours Degree in Food Innovation Management, with pathways in Nutrition and Technology is pending final approval by Ulster University. Students select the pathway they wish to study at the end of the first year of the course. The course aims to create well-motivated new entrants to the competitive global food industry. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply food science, technology and nutrition to manage product and process innovations and to manufacture safe and nutritious food products that meet consumer demand. It will specifically focus on aspects food safety, quality and the application of new technologies and processes, product innovation, advanced innovations in agri-food and nutrition, emerging market and consumer trends, and the underpinning business and management functions applied within a food manufacturing company.

Course content

Modules (Level 4:Year 1)

  • Academic and professional skills
  • Food microbiology
  • Food quality, safety and sensory science
  • Nutritional chemistry
  • Packaging technology
  • Supply chain operations

Modules (Level 5:Year 2)

  • Applied food science and nutrition
  • Commercial management
  • Food processing and automation
  • Food safety and quality management
  • Fundamentals of nutrition, health and physiology
  • Lean manufacture and continuous improvement
  • Product development
  • Sustainable food manufacture

Modules (Level 6:Year 3 or Year 4, if placement year completed)

  • Advanced innovations in agri-food
  • Advanced innovations in food and nutrition
  • Food security and fraud management
  • Leading in a process environment
  • Research project
  • Sustainable supply chains
Work placement

Students undertaking the four-year course will complete a one-year work based learning placement in the food industry during year three of the programme. On successful completion of the 48-week placement a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) will be awarded.

The work placement encourages students to develop practical and managerial skills, and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate transferable skills in ICT, problem solving and communication. Students can complete their work placement either locally or abroad.

Additional qualifications

During the course, students may have the opportunity to achieve additional, nationally recognised qualifications to complement their course, which can give a competitive advantage in employment or career progression.

Course Progression

Students may have the opportunity to progress onto relevant postgraduate studies.

This course provides students with career prospects in a range of managerial posts in areas such as new product development, quality assurance, packaging and research in food manufacturing and related industries.

Fees and funding support

For information about fees and funding support click here.

Course Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements applicants must also meet the General Entrance Requirements for Ulster University  They must show evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE Grade C or equivalent) and, where specified within individual course entry requirements, in numeracy (GCSE Grade C or equivalent).

Students must have achieved 96 UCAS points at A2 level and have a Grade C or higher in a Science* related subject at A2 level. In addition, GCSE Science at Grade C or higher is also required. Alternatively, applicants may provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

In addition, students need to provide evidence of passes in five different subjects, two of which should be at GCE Advanced Level (A Level Grades A to E) and three at GCSE Level (Grades A to C) or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification.

*Science related subjects at A2 or equivalent include:  Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Applied Science, Physics, Nutrition and Food Science, Environmental Science/Technology, Geography, Health and Social Care, Life and Health Sciences, Physical Education, Agricultural Science.

For other qualifications, including Irish Leaving Certificate, please consult the UCAS website Tariff Tables. Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Foundation Level are not considered as meeting entry requirements for CAFRE programmes.  If you require guidance on entry qualifications please email the Key Contact for this course.

How to apply

To apply to study the course full-time please follow this link to the UCAS website

*Course is subject pending final approval by Ulster University


UCAS Course Code

Institution code: A45 Couse code: DB64

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      Jillian McCarragher

      Jillian McCarragher

      "My placement within the Kerry Group has given me the opportunity to develop functional skills including; risk assessments, managing quality systems, HACCP and allergen awareness. As well as behavioural skills; time management, delegation, communication and relationship building. It's helping me develop so much."

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      Dr Gillian Stevenson
      Senior Lecturer (Food)



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