NFQ Level 9, Major Award
The Postgraduate Diploma in Dairy Technology and Innovation is a part-time blended learning programme delivered online and via block-release over one academic year consisting of 60 credits, 30 credits of which are taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation.
Note: Some modules from the Postgraduate Diploma will also be made available as stand-alone CPD modules. Students will be able to gain an exemption if they have completed one of the relevant stand-alone CPD modules within a three-year period of starting the Postgraduate Diploma. Modules FS6208 and FS6209 are already accredited by the UCC CPD Centre and were delivered in Spring 2022.
Progression to the MSc in Dairy Technology and Innovation (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
A student who successfully completes and is awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation may register for the Postgraduate Diploma. To progress to the MSc in Dairy Technology and Innovation candidates must achieve a minimum 50% aggregate mark over the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the programme team, through the development of a project proposal, that they have the capability and supports required from their employer to complete a work-based research project (a project proposal template will be provided). Where the number of suitable candidates exceed the number of places available, an interview will be used to assist in the selection process. Applicants need to be working in the dairy sector and have the express support of their employer in pursuing the MSc. If, in the event that a person ceases to work in the dairy industry during their MSc, the programme team would provide the necessary facilities to support completion of the planned project and submission of the dissertation.
For information about modules, module choice, options and credit weightings, please go to Programme Requirements.