Food Innovation / Nuálaíocht an Bhia

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Food Innovation

2021 CAO Points 309

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

At least O4/H7 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry or Biology, Applied Mathematics, Home Economics or Agricultural Science.

Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Additional Requirements/ Information: This course is not recommended if you have a medically diagnosed food allergy (note, not an intolerance).

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

If any applicant has a medically diagnosed food allergy (note; not an intolerance), this course is not recommended.

This course will prepare you for a career in the food and drinks industry as a technologist capable of ensuring the production of ethical, safe and wholesome food and drinks.

You’ll study the scientific disciplines fundamental to the development of novel foods and drinks, and the business acumen (including finance and management) to be innovative.

Thanks to a period of industrial placement, you’ll develop your skills in a real-world setting and be able to apply your health & safety training.

Industry lectures, field trips, on-site training, contracts of learning through work placement and applied research projects will enhance your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

The food and drinks processing industry will continue to require trained personnel. Our graduates have careers as entrepreneurs, managers, scientists and technologists in the food and drinks industries, research facilities, government agencies, and the retail sector and sales, etc. Their roles include quality control/assurance, new-product development, product analysis and safety, laboratory-based manufacture, sales, etc.

Study Abroad Opportunities
You may have the opportunity to complete a semester, full year, project work or work placement abroad under the Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus mobility schemes or their equivalent in other countries.


  • New Product Development
  • Product Technician
  • Packaging Manager
  • Ingredients Development (enzymes)
  • Product Development Scientist
  • Process Technologist
  • Technical Brewer
  • Packaging Manager
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Research and Development
  • Production Manager/Planner
  • Academia/Lecturer
  • Lab Technician
  • Principles of Systems & Cellular Biology
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic & Organic Chemistry
  • Digital Skills and Computer Applications
  • Introductory Nutrition and Microbiology
  • Applied Food Industry Communications
  • Principles of Food Processing & Preservation
  • Mathematics for Scientists
  • Physics
  • Business Management & Marketing
  • Structural Biochemistry
  • Natural Organic Chemistry
  • Diet, Health & Disease
  • Food & Beverage Engineering
  • Food Process Technology
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Instrumentation
  • Business Finance
  • Food Microbiology
  • Quality and Hygiene Systems
  • Food Ingredients and Consumer Foods
  • Fundamental Sensory Evaluation



  • Shelf life Management & Packing
  • Food & Beverage Product Research & Development
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Occupational Safety Management for the Food Industry
  • Industrial Placement

Food Stream:

  • Food & Beverage Chemistry & Analysis
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Training & Auditing

Brewing & Distilling Stream:

  • Science of Brewing & Distilling
  • Spirits and Liqueurs
  • International Beers & Draught Dispensing Management


  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management & Sustainability
  • Food & Beverage Marketing

Choice of Two Optionals

  • Responsible Research Management & info access
  • Project/Dissertation

Food Stream:

  • Advanced Microbiology
  • Advanced Food Technology
  • Food Safety & Risk Analysis

Brewing & Distilling Stream:

  • Brewing Microbiology
  • Science of Brewing and Distilling
  • Beverage Regulatory Affairs


"I had the best experience in the Food Innovation course, throughout my time I gained many skills from the variety of modules in food, business & science. I completed a final year project analysing flavour and aroma compounds in whiskey samples."

Caron O'Dwyer, graduate, 2018

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD in research institutes and universities worldwid

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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Contact Us

Dr Catherine (Rena) Barry-Ryan