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Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Food Innovation and Enterprise

Discipline: Culinary Arts

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 48

CAO Round 1 Points: N/A (New course)

Why Study?

This new and exciting degree will prepare you for many of the business roles available in the world of food.

You will develop skills and knowledge through working with food in new and exciting ways.

You will network with many food businesses and innovation and entrepreneurial practices will be embedded throughout the course.

This is your time to show off what you know about food and where your passion is.

This course can also help you bring your ideas to the marketplace and create a business opportunity for you.


Work Placement

Work placement is a key component of the programme in year one and two.

This engagement with industry may help you define your future role in the exciting global food industry.


What does industry say about this course?

"The Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Food Innovation and Enterprise in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is a highly welcome addition to the development supports for the food sector in the Western region.

The programme has been developed in response to industry needs and provides the academic know-how to develop a food business, strongly backed up by a core practical focus.

The food sector is growing, particularly in the Western region, and this growth provides a requirement for skilled food sector graduates.

The programme will work to develop graduates that fill a skills gap that food businesses face in terms of finding talent with skills in product development and innovation combined with business expertise.

Local Enterprise Office Galway is very supportive of this programme and will endeavour to signpost relevant supports for new food entrepreneurs emerging from this programme through our close links with Department staff in GMIT.

Local Enterprise Office Galway provide a range of supports such as the Food Academy programme that would be highly suitable for graduates to further develop their marketing approach, packaging and distribution options."

Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Galway.

Programme Modules

Over the three years of this course students will study a variety of modules that will develop new skills and knowledge essential for the world of food enterprise.

Subjects include:

  • Culinary Skills
  • Pastry and Baking Fundamentals
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Food Product Development

In the fourth and final year, subjects will include:

  • Food Product Development – Concepts and Techniques
  • Applied Sensory Science
  • Management Accounting
  • Innovation & Enterprise Creation

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have numerous career opportunities depending on where your food interests rest.


Graduates with suitable post-qualification experience may expect to fill positions in the Hospitality Industry as qualified chefs (at various grades) in the hotel, restaurant, health and catering sectors.

Graduates will understand the market needs of the hotel and catering industry and will have the capacity to drive industry forward by developing innovative and imaginative solutions.

They will have excellent selling and customer care skills and in essence will be ideas people informed by their ability to conduct up to-date market research.


Alternatively, graduates could work in food product development assisting in the steering of pilot products through the development process from initiation to launch including:

  • Carrying out recipe trials
  • Taste panelling
  • Customer consultation and presentation
  • First production

Graduates working in food product development roles may also need to liaise with all functions including Marketing, Sales,Production, Maintenance, Administration, and Purchasing and Technical as appropriate in order to progress live projects.

Follow-on Studies: 

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

Essential Information: 

Work Placements

At the end of Year 1, there is a 12-week work placement in an Irish hotel or other approved property, organised by the LINKS office in conjunction with the student.

At the end of Year 2, students must undertake a 30-week industrial placement. This placement is organised by the LINKS office in conjunction with the student. Students must complete this placement in order to progress to the next year of study. Students are supported and monitored during their placement.

These work placements allow students to experience at first hand the challenges, demands and rewards of working in this exciting and challenging industry.

Finally, all students on this programme have an opportunity to engage with Erasmus+ studies abroad. This may entail a semester of study overseas or a supported European work placement.

Contact Us


Dr Larry Elwood, Programme Chair

Tel: + 353 91 742009