Bord Bia announces applications are open for MSc innovation programme

(L-R): Karen Connaughton of Bord Bia, Dr Peter Robbins of DCU, Cathy McHugh, MSc participant, Prof. Daire Keogh of DCU and Nicola Martin of Bord Bia

In association with DCU Business School the programme will commence in October



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15 February 2024

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Bord Bia, in association with DCU Business School, has opened applications for the 2024 MSc in Insights and Innovation. Commencing in October, this 15-month, fully funded programme combines academic study with a 10-month placement with some of Ireland’s leading brands and agri-food market leaders, including Tirlán, Kerry Foods, Kepak, Irish Distillers, Bewley’s and Lakeland Dairies.

Applications are open until 18 March, 2024.  

Karen Connaughton, industry talent manager, Bord Bia, said: “The MSc. Insights and Innovation programme, in partnership with DCU Business School, prepares experienced graduates for leading roles in the agri-food industry. We offer a fully funded Masters, a €30,000 bursary over a 15-month period, placements with world-class food and drink companies, and an opportunity to work on practical innovation projects. I would encourage anyone with a passion for Irish food, drink and horticulture to consider this excellent programme.” 

Ideal candidates should have an Honours undergraduate degree, a minimum of three years of work experience, ideally in related sectors, as well as a demonstrable passion for innovation and creativity with a clear desire for a career in the Irish agri-food industry. A willingness to commit to a full-time 15-month programme is also required for applicants. 

Professor Dáire Keogh, president, DCU, said: “This is one of DCU’s most exciting programmes. Innovation is at the very top of the corporate agenda right now and the number of roles and opportunities in this sector for people with the right skills is exploding. The food and beverage industry is one of the most vibrant, dynamic markets there is. We’re looking for change agents, people with a passion for the industry and who want to drive insight-led innovation in successful Irish businesses.” 

Entering its fourth iteration, the MSc. Insights and Innovation programme is one of many programmes available through Bord Bia’s Talent Academy which was established to help identify and develop future leaders for Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture industry. 

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