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ME Management (Food Engineering)

2019 Details

Programme Commencing:

September 2019

Programme duration:

2 Years Part-Time

ME Management (Food Engineering)

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.


Engineering at UCD is highly attractive to students due to the exposure to world leading researchers and the significant career prospects.

  • UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide.
  • Degrees with high employability with dedicated careers support.
  • Ireland’s largest and most international university.
  • Established in 1854 with 160 years of teaching and research excellence.

What will I study?

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.
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.

Indicative Module List:

  • Semester 1 modules (12 weeks):
  • Unit Operations, Human Resource Management, Operations Management
  • Semester 2 modules (12 weeks):
  • Advanced Food Process Engineering, Quantitative Risk Assessment, Project management, Quality management
  • Semester 3 modules (12 weeks):
  • Decision Analysis, Design & Innovation
  • Semester 4 modules (12 weeks):
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship, Business Systems Design

In addition, students will be mentored by internationally leading research active staff in a customised research project which will be completed by each candidate during semesters 3 and 4.

A message from our Programme Director:
Enda Cummins
This is a new part-time program 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 who wish 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.
Enda Cummins

Entry Requirements:

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. 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.

Other programmes of interest:

Food Engineering Master of Engineering Management

More Information:

See course details How to Apply Programme Director: Enda Cummins
+353 1 716 3248
Ms Laura Egan-O'Brien
+353 1 716 1916
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