College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food Business Management

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Course summary

The Honours Degree in Food Business Management, validated by Ulster University, has been designed to equip graduates with the key skills required to apply management practices to the food chain, ensure differentiation, improve efficiency and build skills and capabilities within the global food marketplace. This course is ideal for someone with an interest in business management and science. Loughry makes full use of its excellent industry contacts to secure work placements for students in year 3. These are paid placements in a food business and allows the students to put their academic understanding into practice. Food Business graduates have gone into managerial careers in packaging, retail, purchasing, distribution & logistics, sales, PR and marketing. Loughry Campus – The Food Centre of Northern Ireland. CAFRE Loughry Campus offers full-time and part-time courses in Food to educate new entrants and support staff working within the agri-food sector to improve business efficiency. One of the great things about CAFRE is that each of our three campuses deliver a specific range of courses and has the specialist facilities to match. We are continually investing in our staff, buildings, equipment and resources so you can get the most out of your time with us. Loughry Campus, which is based 2 miles outside Cookstown in Co Tyrone, showcases the latest design and technology to ensure compliance with best practice in food manufacture. The educational facilities are exceptional and include the Food Innovation Centre, Food Technology Centre, Science Laboratories and Packaging Centre. The Food Innovation Centre comprises product development labs, sensory suites, an ideas hub, and a package prototyping lab to assist in the creation of new food concepts to meet the needs of a dynamic market place. A new robotics project is currently underway in partnership with Queens University, Belfast. The facilities within the centre are used by students and many food businesses, retailers and industry bodies working in our agri-food sector. The Food Technology Centre showcases the latest technology and is designed to ensure compliance with best practice in food manufacture. The facility incorporates four food processing areas focusing on the meat, bakery, dairy, brewing, fruit and vegetable sectors. This unique facility is equipped with an extensive range of modern pilot and industrial scale food processing equipment, used in equal measure by our students and technical team. Small-scale processing equipment allows the demonstration of computerised control systems used in food manufacturing. Utilisation of the facility helps students develop the competences and skills needed by the food industry. The Food Packaging Centre provides a modern resource for evaluating packaging materials and distribution packaging systems. It is equipped with advanced, high-tech testing equipment, which allows the evaluation of a wide range of properties important to technologists in the food and packaging industries. Strength evaluation, permeability measurement and distribution evaluations are a few examples of the types of tests, which can be conducted at the campus. The Science Laboratories include a microbiology and chemistry laboratory and are a valuable resource enabling students to gain the practical skills essential to a career in the agri-food industry. Students spend time analysing food products, ingredients and water using internationally recognised methods. They learn the processes involved in preparing samples for testing, preparing media, plating out samples and analysing the results. Information gathered through microbiological analysis is used to determine product shelf life and check the food is safe to eat. Students also have the opportunity to examine unique processes used by food companies to test food processing equipment and work environment.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Digital marketing; Export marketing; Food enterprise studies; Food manufacture, safety and quality; Food packaging technology; Introduction to data management and analysis. Year 2 Business economics; Finance for non-financial managers; Food packaging design; Food product design; Sales management; Supply chain operation; Work placement (12 weeks for 3 year programme and 48 weeks for 4 year programme). Year 3 (Year 4 if Diploma in Professional Practice has been completed) Business improvement; Environmental and quality management; Food retail environment; Research project; Strategic business management.


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4530* Year 1
Northern Ireland £4530* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Food Business Management at College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise - UCAS