Department of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Mary StritchEmail Phone
+353 (0)66 7191701
Lifelong Learning Department
IT Tralee North Campus
Adult Education Co-ordinator
This Post-Graduate Diploma in Bioeconomy with Business is a flexible, one-year, part-time blended, distance-learning program designed to enable upskilling of those in the workplace and those seeking to engage in further study.
The Bioeconomy one of the largest sectors in Europe encompassing agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, bio-energy and bio-based products. With a current annual turnover of 2 trillion euro on track to generate 1 million extra high quality jobs by 2030 driven by the transition to a low carbon economy.
Applicants must have a minimum NFQ level 8 degree in science, agricultural science, business, management, engineering or other relevant area. Ideally candidates will possess relevant experience in one of the following areas: manufacturing; research and development; laboratory; quality; supply chain; procurement; engineering policy; funding or sales & marketing in one or more of the following sectors: agriculture; food & beverage; life science; chemical; packaging construction and policy. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of priorlearning (RPL) also applies
The program will be co-delivered by an interdisciplinary team, from IT Tralee, UCD and Teagasc. Students will gain a critical understanding of the concepts and frameworks of the Bioeconomy from technological, environmental, social and business perspectives. Students will explore primary production, sustainable processing, biotechnology, new product development, supply chain dynamics, innovation, business models, funding, collaboration and policy. Innovative pedagogies (peer-to-peer learning, action learning, professional and work-based learning, site visits and case studies) will be applied.
The program will connect students to a network of Bioeconomy leaders in government agencies, NGOs, research and enterprise.
This first in kind program will lead in the development of professionals and entrepreneurs with expertise on state of the art in technologies, processes, policy, supply chains and business models underpinning the development of new value chains, product, services, and revenue streams of the bioeconomy.
Graduates will be fully equipped to identify, lead and deliver bioeconomy initiatives in public or privates organisations from SME to Multi-national and will be in high demand across the bio-based industries (agriculture, forestry, marine, food and beverage, feed, nutrition and nutraceuticals, and bioenergy). Roles will include new product development, process improvement technologists, research scientists, sustainability managers, procurement, innovation managers, marketing and communication, regional development, policy and funding.
Students will undertake the following modules:
The Bioeconomy Model for the Transition to a low Carbon Economy;
Feedstock and Biomass: Production to Mobilisation;
Sidestream Management and Valorisation;
Biobased Value Chains, Markets and Products;
Life Cycle Assessement;
Biorefinery Processes and Technologies;
Green Technologies Project;
Policy and Social Aspects of the Bioeconomy;
Knowledge, Innovation & Industry;
Professional and Work based Learning.
The Bioeconomy is recognised as part of the workplace and workforce of the future. This programme will lead the way in the development of bioeconomy professionals to support the future development of the Agri-Food and extended enterprise ecosystem. The dynamic curriculum, innovative pedagogies and learning environments will enable and encourage
students to think critically, exploring primary production, processing, biorefinery technologies, product development, innovation management, sustainability, business models, funding and collaboration.
This programme will generate graduates (professionals and entrepreneurs) with the knowledge and leadership skills to identify and action bioeconomy development opportunities, via the implementation of new technologies, processes, supply chains or business models to create a new product, services, and revenue streams.
Graduates, equipped with state of the art in knowledge and transversal skills can be in high demand across the various industries of the economy (agriculture, forestry, marine, food and beverage, feed, nutrition and nutraceuticals, and bioenergy) with roles include new product development, process improvement technologists, research scientists, sustainability managers, procurement, innovation managers, marketing and communication, regional development, policy, and funding. In addition to intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs innovating and commercialising biobased products.
This programme will be delivered part-time from January 2020 to December 2020.
Tuesday 7pm - 9pm (Online)
Thursday 7pm - 9pm (Online)
All successful applicants will be required to attend in person for registration/orientation, this will take place on Friday, 10th January 2020.Classes will commence the week beginning Monday, 20th January 2020.
Please note students may be required to attend in person on campus to sit end of semester examinations.
Online and on campus at IT Tralee, South Campus.
Lifelong Learning Department
IT Tralee North Campus
+353 (0)66 7191701Email
Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie
All applicants must submit copies of previous relevant qualifications obtained OTHERWISE applications will not be considered.
Closing date for application to this programme is Friday 8th November 2019. Places will be filled by appropriately qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis, therefore early application is advised.
Fees do not apply to applicants who meet thecriteria under the Springboard+ initiative. However, for employed applicants the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% (€550.50) will be collected before registration.
This programme is offered subject to approval.