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Food Innovation / Nuálaíocht an Bhia


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


DT421: Student Perspective DT421: Course Descriptor - Brewing & Distilling Stream 
DT421: Student Perspective (Brewing & Distilling Stream) DT421: General course descriptor

What is ... Food Innovation?

The Food Innovation programme covers a comprehensive range of disciplines including science, technology, business and innovation in order to meet requirements of the modern food and drinks industry.   

Support is directly provided by these Industries to enhance theoretical knowledge and practical skills delivered by DIT, this includes Industry lectures, field trips, on-site training, contracts of learning through work placement and applied research projects. 

(Degree Options - Food or Brewing & Distilling) 

What are my... Career Opportunities?

This programme will provide graduates with:

  • A programme of education which will allow entry into a career in the food industry as technologists capable of ensuring the production of safe and wholesome foods;
  • A thorough knowledge of the scientific disciplines fundamental to the development of novel foods and with the business acumen to be innovative;
  • A broadly based technological education which will allow entry into employment in other sectors of the food or related technical sectors;
  • An in-depth understanding of food business and the essential components of finance and management.

What other options do I have after completion?

Current and projected expansion in the food and drinks processing industry will require a greater number of appropriately trained personnel.  Our Graduates have careers as entrepreneurs, managers, scientists and technologists in the food and drinks industries, research facilities, government agencies, retail sector and sales etc.

They have varying roles including: Quality control/assurance, new product development, product analysis and safety, laboratory based manufacture, sales etc.

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard also have access to a range of Masters Degrees and PhD by research in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education. 

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

This programme will allow entry into a career in the food and drinks industry as a technologist capable of ensuring the production of ethical, safe and wholesome food and drinks.

The student will acquire the knowledge of the scientific disciplines fundamental to the development of novel foods and drinks, with the business acumen (including finance and management) to be innovative.

A period of industrial placement is included where skills developed and Health & Safety training can be applied.

Opportunities to develop inter-personal communication skills and research techniques, coupled with report writing and self-learning are integral to the program. 

Module Listing 

Year One

  • 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

Year Two

  • 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

Year Three


  • 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

Year Four


  • 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

Is there an Advanced Entry Option?

Yes. An application to any year after Year 1 is called Advanced Entry.

  • All applications are made through CAO and not directly to us here in TU Dublin. Click here to apply.
  • Closing dates for application vary. Most programmes will be open until 30th June but many programmes accept late applications.
  • Contact the School directly using details below to ask if a late application will be considered.

  • Information Flyer on Advanced Entry for DT421 HERE

Are there study abroad options? 

Students 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. 

Further Information

T: (01) 402 4355 (Dr Catherine Barry-Ryan)