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Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management
Course Code: AS051

Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management (Honours Degree)

Level: 8

Awarding Body: National University of Ireland, Galway.

Entry Requirements:


Leaving Certificate Subject Requirement: 2 H5s + 4 O6s/H7s


Applicants are required to have an established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least two H5s and 4 O6s/H7s.

Subject Requirement:

Irish English Mathematics A laboratory science subject (Inc. Agriculture Science) Any two other subjects recognised for matriculation purposes

There are also opportunities available to students via non-standard entry progression routes including mature entry and Access.


This programme qualifies under the HEAR and DARE please visit here for further details.

4 Academic Years

Special Entry:


St Angela’s College Access programme (4 places)

HEAR (2 Places)

FETAC (4 Places)

FETAC Requirements

Award Code

Essential FETAC Modules

Level Required

Previous Code


Food Science

Distinction in 5 or more modules



Laboratory Techniques.

Distinction in 5 or more modules


This programme qualifies under the HEAR and DARE please visit here for further details.

Next Intake:

September 2017

Programme Overview

Recent attention to consumer rights, product liability, food standards and an increasing public interest in health and nutrition have resulted in commercial demands for graduates who are competent in the areas of Nutrition, Food Studies, Food Science and Technology, Food Safety & Quality, Business & Management and Food Production Methods. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food & Business Management is designed to fulfill this need by providing industry with multi-skilled graduates who can assist them in competing successfully in an increasingly competitive and global market. The Bachelor of Applied Science a full-time honours degree programme which combines nutrition, food and culinary skills, food technology, new product development and science with business management and marketing whilst offering students a placement in third-year to apply their skills to the workplace.

The course is aimed at students with a strong interest in food, nutrition and food product development as well as students who are interested in developing a diverse range of entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. The Bachelor of Applied Science course seeks to prepare students for the challenges of producing foods safe for human consumption, developing more nutritious, healthier food options for dynamic, ever-changing markets.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management is a 4 year, Level 8, Honours Degree course.

In Year 1 students will study a variety of introductory modules including Food Preparation & Culinary Skills and Science which consists of practical classes underpinned by theoretical lectures. Further areas of study include Nutrition, Diet and Health, Finance, Marketing, Business Management and ICT.

In Year 2 students will build on the foundation knowledge of Year 1 and will undertake study in the areas of Food Science & Applied Culinary Skills, Nutrition through the Life Cycle, EU & Irish Food Legislation, Industrial Scale Food Production, Human Resource Management and Consumer Behaviour.

In Year 3 students will further enhance their food and business knowledge in the areas of Public Health Nutrition, Marketing Research and Digital Marketing. Additionally, Year 3 of the programme incorporates the possibility of a structured 20 week placement nationally or internationally in a variety of food industries and food related organisations.

In Year 4 students learning will focus on key skills associated with Food Quality Management and Auditing, New Product Development, Innovations in Food Processing and Preservation, Strategic Management, International Food Policy and Research Skills. Students will also receive food safety and quality standard training in HACCP and BRC principles.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management will have attained the knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to obtain employment in a variety of food and associated industries. Graduates will be equipped with the technical knowledge and skills required to work in a diverse range of careers such as: Food Production, New Product Development, Quality Control, Marketing/ Sales, Supervision & Management, Consultancy & Research. The degree course also affords the opportunity to pursue further studies at Postgraduate, Masters and PhD levels.


Employment Opportunities upon Graduation;

  • Food Production & Innovation
  • New Product Development in Food Industries
  • Quality Control
  • Sensory Analysis
  • Marketing / Sales
  • Supervision & Management in the Food Industry
  • Establish own Food/Drink enterprise
  • Consultancy & Research


Three fourth year students � Eimear Connolly, Cliodhna Griffin and Elisha O’Kelly - share their work placement experiences from earlier this year.

Eimear Connolly (Bachelor of Applied Science, Food & Business Management 2014)

I completed my work placement with Walshe’s Sunshine Juice, a Juice and Fruit Salad company based in County Carlow. During this placement, I was heavily involved in new product development while also gaining insight into production, quality control, marketing and key-account management.

During my first few months, I undertook market research in the area of Fruit Salads. From this I developed a large range of Fruit Salads that I believed would appeal to the market. I presented this range of products to the Management Team in Sunshine Juice and from this a new range of Fruit Salads were short-listed. I was heavily involved with bringing these products to market through sourcing, packaging, labelling and sales pitches to retailers. I launched Walshe’s Range of Fresh Fruit Salads at an Easter Food Fair in a west of Ireland supermarket. This was a very memorable experience for me, gaining positive feedback from customers.

The icing on the cake for me was when one of the newly developed Fruit Salads was nominated for a Bl�s na hEireann award. I represented Sunshine Juice at the Awards Ceremony in Dingle where Walshe’s Raspberry Citrus Fruit Salad won a Bronze Award for Taste and also won the over-all prize for Innovation in Food Packaging.

Over-all my work experience was a very enjoyable and interesting experience.� I gained a lot confidence and I am positive I have chosen the right career path. Sunshine Juice were a fantastic company to work for as the management team gave me the freedom to work on various project’s using my own initiative.

Cliodhna Griffin (Bachelor of Applied Science 2014)
The Culinary Food Group (CFG) is an innovation hub of three different companies. CFG work closely with stock, sauce and pasta companies and they develop various products from an initial brief to the end product coming off the production line. The CFG possess a state of the art development kitchen where placement students work alongside two fantastic chefs. I worked alongside food technologists and project managers and a consumer insights team to introduce exciting new food concepts.The experience available in the CFG is second-to-none, as you gain valuable insight into the development processes of various products.
While I was on placement I had involvement in developing numerous new interesting products with the team, such as a range of ready-to-cook chicken, baby food, gluten free ready-meals and various different sauces. The team are exceptional to work with, so friendly and extremely supportive in developing my skills. The Culinary Food Group is great option for placement and really is a fantastic environment for learning and developing new skills.

Elisha O'Kelly (Bachelor of Applied Science 2014)

Carroll Cuisine and Cuisine de France are part of the Artyza Group in Ireland. During my 20 week Industrial Placement at Carroll Cuisine, a large meat processing plant based in Tullamore, I worked in the Quality Department, the Marketing Department and the Finance Department. My placement was very enjoyable and I learned many new skills. Some of the key skills I learned while working in Carroll's involved developing marketing plans, quality control and how to produce financials. From working with various different people in different job roles I have become more confident, developed my listening skills, learned new software skills, developed innovation and problem solving skills and learned to work as part of an effective team. I would highly recommend Carroll's to anyone seeking industrial experience in the future.

Photo includes: Eimear Connolly during her work placement with Walshe’s, Elisha O’Kelly and Cliodhna Griffin

During my four years in St Angela's College I didn't just make lifelong friends, I also learned, through the diverse and varied course, the skills vital for progression within my chosen career in the food industry. These skills enable me to work in New Product Development, an exciting and expanding area within the food industry”.
Julie-Ann Kelly B. Appl. Sc. NPD Food Technologist in Mr Crumb, Finea, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

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