The MSc in Food Business will provide you with the skills to analyse the key issues impacting on an evolving food chain such as changing consumer demand, the need for better value, the emerging food service markets, food supply chain management, food safety, food and health issues, product innovation, and the application of those skills to the food industry.
The balance of business and computer skills and a European language on this programme reflects the global nature of the food industry and the dynamic nature of the Irish food industry.
The Department of Food Business and Development offers a full-time MSc in Food Business which is ideally suited to graduates interested in pursuing a career in strategic management or marketing in the food sector. The needs of the food sector in the future involve the development of an efficient and responsive food chain (from farm to processor to consumer) in which market changes are reconciled with strategic and production decisions along all stages of the food business chain.
On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- evaluate current food consumer and food industry trends, policy issues and drivers and strategies impacting on the evolving food supply chain - design and implement innovative marketing strategies for competitive markets - evaluate the role of market orientation and strategic marketing in new product success - identify the ethical, regulatory and environmental responsibilities of modern food enterprises - evaluate your personal and employment skills development as a result of working in some facet of the food supply chain - apply new research techniques to new marketing situations - analyse the research process and its key components and design a piece of research to answer a specific research question
The course is divided into two parts. You will complete modules to a total of 60 credits in Part I (year 1). You must undertake a food industry-centred research project after the end of Part I university examinations. In Part II (year 2) of the course you will submit a report on your food industry-centred research project and a dissertation on a research project.
Various methods of assessment are used, depending on the chosen modules.
Employment opportunities from this course can be in the food or non-food sectors as the skills acquired are highly transferable. Recent graduates have secured employment in international food firms (Glanbia, Kerry), banks, food agencies (Bord Bia, UK Home-Grown Cereals Authority), non-food agencies (Enterprise Ireland, IBEC), market research firms (AC Nielsen) and in higher education. A central part of the MSc in Food Business is a food industry placement in a food firm, food agency, university, bank or related establishment, where you gain valuable work experience.