Bioeconomy with Business (Bioeconomy with Business )

Institute of Technology, Tralee (TBC)
Key Programme Details

Major Award

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Biological and Pharmaceutical Science

General Information

Mary Stritch



+353 (0)66 7191701


Lifelong Learning Office
Room R101
Business/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


Adult Education Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Bioeconomy with Business is a flexible, one year part-time, blended distance-learning programme designed to enable upskilling of those in the workplace and those seeking to engage in further study. The bioeconomy is one of the EU’s largest and most important sectors encompassing agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, bio-energy and bio-based products with an annual turnover of circa 2 trillion euro, employing around 18 million people, creating €621 billion benefits and 4.2% of the EU's GDP. The biobased industries have the potential to generate 1 million innovative jobs across the EU by 2030. This level 9 programme is positioned at the interface of primary production, sustainable processing, biotechnology, new product development, supply chain dynamics, innovation, business and policy. Co-developed by an interdisciplinary
team from IT Tralee, UCD and Teagasc, students will gain a deep and critical understanding of the theories, concepts and frameworks of the bioeconomy from technological, environmental, social and business perspectives. A suite of innovative pedagogies (peer-to-peer learning, place-based learning, action learning, professional and work-based learning, site visits and case studies) will be applied across the curriculum. This approach will equip graduates with the skills and competencies to exchange and apply learnings (bioeconomy in practice) within the workplace, be
that public or private sectors, SMEs or large organisations.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum NFQ level 8 degree in science, agricultural science, business management, engineering or other relevant area. Ideally applicants will possess relevant experience in one of the following areas: manufacturing; research and development; laboratory; quality; supply chain; procurement; engineering policy; funding or sales and marketing in one or more of the following sectors: agricultural; food & beverage; life science; chemical; packaging; construction and policy. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.

Long Description

The modules to be completed as part of this programme will include:

Bioeconomy Model for the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy;
Bioeconomy Feedstocks;
Life Cycle Assessment;
Conventional Valorisation Technologies;
Biorefinery Processes and Technologies;
Biobased Value Chains, Products, Processes and Markets;
Green Technologies Project;
Policy and Social Aspects of the Bioeconomy;
Knowledge, Innovation and Industry;
Work-based Learning: Bioeconomy Improvement Opportunity.

Why Choose This Course

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 new products, services, and revenue streams.

Student Testimonial

“Since I am a working mum and it had been a while since I graduated from University, the part-time online course in IT Tralee offered me an opportunity to refresh and further my knowledge in the field of environmental and business studies. The course is extremely interesting and innovative. I have been learning a lot and all thanks to the kind support of professional tutors and up-to-date computer technologies and applications. One thing I appreciate a lot is the interconnectedness of the course with real life. I am hoping that by the end of the course I will be able to launch my career here in Ireland in the area that interests me the most.”
Jana Machalkova

Career Opportunities

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 including 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.

Timetable Info

This programme will be delivered in a blended format part-time from September 2020 to September 2021.

Provisional Schedule:
Tuesday 7pm - 9pm (Online)
Thursday 7pm - 9pm (Online)
Saturday - Workshop 1 per month

Delivery Location

IT Tralee South Campus and UCD Campus for scheduled workshops.

Delivery Notes

Please note all students may be required to attend in person on campus to sit end of semester examinations.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Office
Room R101
Business/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


+353 (0)66 7191701


RPL Information

The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies

Application Procedures

Apply online at

All applicants must submit copies of previous relevant qualifications obtained OTHERWISE applications will not be considered.

Closing date for application to this programme is Thursday 20th August.

Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative. However, for employed applicants the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% - €550 will be collected before registration.


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