UCC Diploma in Speciality Food Production

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UCC Diploma in Speciality Food Production

Now taking applications for October 2021

In recent years there has been considerable growth in the small food enterprise sector, a sector which is characterised by craftsmanship and a high hand-made element, producing low volume, high quality, and increasingly diverse range of food products. This Diploma aims to provide a wide-ranging relevant education to those involved in this sector. The programme delivers an education across all areas of food production, including food science, food culture, technology, management, marketing, food safety, and impact on the environment.

Benefits of participation

  • Receive a level 7 University Diploma
  • Interact and engage with like-minded people who are passionate about food
  • Achieve HACCP certification
  • Learn how to develop a Marketing Plan, and a Business Plan 
  • Get to grips with digital marketing and on-line retailing
  • Learn how to conduct sensory taste tests
  • Understand the fundamentals of financial record keeping


  • Participate in dynamic discussions and interactions with like-minded students and lecturers/trainers
  • Meet and learn from artisan and speciality food producers during site visits, field trip, and guest lectures
  • Get involved in workshops and practical demonstrations conducted by experienced trainers and technicians
  • Avail of access to experts across all areas relevant to food production, both during and after the course

Who should attend?

This course is intended for individuals who are starting a speciality/artisan food business from the farm home, small production unit or those who are interested in growing an existing food business. It will also be of interest to those who are involved in the sector as producers, retailers, chefs, buyers, food writers and those working in support/regulatory agencies.


Under normal circumstances this programme is delivered primarily on-campus in UCC. However due to COVID 19 restrictions it may be necessary to deliver part of the programme remotely, supporting students using a suite of online tools. The schedule and programme content will be delivered as close to normal as possible, which is as follows: This programme is taken on a part-time basis over one academic year. The course will typically be delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday (9:00 – 17:00), every 3 weeks or so, from October to May. Sessions will consist of lectures, guest lectures/case studies and workshops, and if restrictions are fully lifted, will also include practical sessions, site visits and a field trip.

Performance is assessed on a continuous basis and assessments take place on completion of each module. 

Note: we aim to deliver all the Diploma programme on campus in UCC. However, this will be subject to government and UCC public health guidelines.


A Diploma in Speciality Food Production, 60 credits, level 7 (NQF) will be awarded by University College Cork to successful candidates.. 

Application procedure

If you wish to apply for a place on the programme, please complete the Diploma in Speciality Food Production application form (attached)

Cost: €2,800 The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine will provide 64% of the fee for eligible applicants. Fee includes full tuition, all course materials, and refreshments.

Closing Date: 24th September 2021

For more information, please contact

Dr Angela Sheehan

Programme Manager

Food Industry Training Unit

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

University College Cork

Telephone: 021 4901423 

Email: a.sheehan@ucc.iewww.ucc.ie/en/fitu