Course

NOTE: NEW PROGRAMME COMMENCING ON 1st OCTOBER 2024

Bord Bia is delighted to announce that the next Talent Academy MSc Insights & Innovation with DCU will commence on 1st October 2024.  

 

Types of Applications

There are two entry pathways to participate in the MSc Insights and Innovation Programme.

1. General Entry:  This route is for people who are applying to participate in the programme themselves.  If successfully selected for the programme, these individuals will receive a bursary from Bord Bia, undertake a placement in a Bord Bia client company in the Food, Drink or Horticulture industry nationwide and complete the academic MSc programme.

2. Company Sponsored: This route is for people who are currently working in a Bord Bia client Food, Drink or Horticulture company, and whose company will sponsor them to participate in the programme. If successfully selected for the programme, these people will similarly undertake the full academic MSc programme and will also be required to complete a special insight-led innovation project within their employer’s business.  These individuals will maintain their salary and other conditions with their company.

 

Expressions of interest
People can register their interest in the MSc Programme, by submitting their name, email address, phone number and current role/status, location. They will be notified by Bord Bia or DCU when the application process is open and when informational webinars and other promotional activities are scheduled.

To register your interest in this programme with DCU and be notified of upcoming information sessions about this programme – please click here.

 

MSC INSIGHTS AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

If you’re someone with a real, demonstrable passion for food and you’d like a career in that industry where innovation and entrepreneurship are at the core of what you do – then we have a life-changing opportunity with your name written on it.  As part of the Bord Bia Talent Academy, the DCU MSc Insights and Innovation offers a fully-funded Masters qualification and a unique, extensive placement in an innovative and dynamic food or beverage company.  You’ll also receive a monthly bursary and, once qualified, you’ll join an elite, in-demand, professional group of innovation specialists who are revolutionising the industry.

Founded to accelerate innovation to create and capture value in the exciting food and beverage industry, the Bord Bia DCU Msc Insights and Innovation has already been the launchpad for many successful careers and we are now once again open for applications for the next intake. This unique full time programme combines an immersive work placement, in a dynamic food or beverage company, alongside an exciting, professional and contemporary Masters qualification in Insight and Innovation delivered in person in DCU’s Business school.

The programme, which is endorsed and supported by the largest food and beverage companies in Ireland, is designed with three guiding principles: insight, sustainability and innovation. 

Jointly designed by Bord Bia and DCU, this programme’s vision is to forge the next generation of world-class innovators to join the food, horticultural and beverage sectors where they will use their creativity, talent and skill to drive sustainable, scalable, profitable and insight-led growth for their host companies and for their industry.

Run over a total period of 15 months (i.e. October 2024 to December 2025), this programme combines study and work placement in a Bord Bia client company. It begins with an intensive academic element, with modules taught by experienced thought-leaders in the field of innovation and sustainability in the food industry. Following this, the focus moves to experiential learning, as participants are given work placements for 10 months (i.e. February 2025 to November 2025) at the headquarters of dynamic food companies where they work side-by-side with leading Insight and Innovation practitioners to discover, develop and deliver new products and services.

This combination of academic content and work placement enables participants to directly apply the insights gained from DCU Business School coursework to their placement company, with immediate and direct benefit to host companies.

Successful applicants will be fully funded and will a bursary over the total period of the programme (paid in monthly instalments) to cover living and some travel expenses.


“Having collaborated with Bord Bia over the years we jumped at the opportunity to work with a student from the Bord Bia DCU MSc Insights and Innovation programme for over a year.  We gained access to a fresh pair of eyes focussed on the innovation process which is core to our fast-paced dynamic business, and we provided the student the freedom to take ownership of a wide number of projects important to our business growth.  It was a very positive experience, and we were especially delighted with the delivery of new packaging innovation and a new product launch.  

I recommend other Irish food and drink businesses to consider partnering with Bord Bia and DCU and gain access to fresh perspectives about building their innovation capacity.” 

Pat Rigney, Managing Director & Founder, The Shed Distillery


To register your interest in this programme with DCU and be notified of upcoming information sessions about this programme – please click here.

* Details of the next application process and application deadline will be posted on this website in the coming days.  Please keep watching.  

 

START PREPARING YOUR MSC INSIGHTS AND INNOVATION APPLICATION TODAY

Application Process
Applicants are asked to apply by submitting two digital files.

1. A single PDF document that includes 3 elements:
1a. A Personal Statement: This should outline why you believe you are suitable for the programme and should be considered. If applying under the General Entry pathway you should confirm that you understand that you can be placed in a Bord Bia client company anywhere in the country and that you have resources to support yourself beyond the bursary payments, in line with your own circumstances and needs.
1b. CV: This should outline your academic achievements and their relevant experience. All applicants must have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate honours degree, be proficient in English and must be resident in Ireland for the duration of the programme.
1c. 2 Written References: These can be from current or former employers where you have worked full- or part-time, or if an employer reference is not possible, from an academic institution that outlines the applicants’ academic abilities.

Note: If people are applying under the Company Sponsored route, you need to provide details of their Manager and their organisation’s commitment to your participating in the programme.

2. A 2-minute Personal Video: This should provide some further insight into you – the applicant-  outlining your commitment to the Irish Food, Drink and Horticulture industry, your ambition and the kind of roles or work you would aspire to upon completion of the programme.

 

DCU will share information about the Selection Process at a later date with applicants.

 

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MSc Insights and Innovation Testimonial from Lakeland Dairies