UCD Micro-credential – Food Regulation

Start date: 22 January 2024

Duration: 12 weeks

Location: Online

Cost: €825 (€1250 without Taste 4 Success subsidy)

Programme overview


Start Date: 22 Jan 2024
Duration: 12 Weeks
Level: NFQ L9
Location: Online
ECTS: 10
Cost: €825 (€1250 without Taste 4 Success subsidy)


Food Safety is an essential Public Health issue, without which there is a significant threat to health from foodborne disease. Understanding the legislation, policy and science behind maintaining a safe food system is essential for regulatory bodies, government and the agri-food industry. This micro-credential gives you all the convenience that online, flexible, learning offers, as well as an upskilling opportunity with strong industry alignment, and all the benefits that being a registered UCD student provides.

In this micro-credential, you will be introduced to food safety regulation, and how it has evolved in the EU and globally. You will learn about the current Global Food Regulatory landscape, the history and development of Food Regulation across various global regions, and the role of key players in this process. Lastly, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the principles, concepts and regulatory requirements of food labelling, covering both nutrition and health claims.

Who should apply?

This micro-credential is aimed at anyone looking to advance their career in the area of food safety and regulation. It has been designed for professionals who are currently working in, or who have previous experience of, the food and beverage industry, regulatory bodies, government departments or trade organisations, who wish to learn from leading UCD academics and industry experts in the areas of food safety and regulatory science.

The Food Regulation micro-credential is also a module on the Professional Diploma in Food Safety and Regulatory Science. By completing the following three micro-credentials in Food Regulation, Science and Standards of Food Safety, and Food Risk Analysis, learners can earn a Professional Diploma in Food Safety and Regulatory Science. Please note: It is not necessary to take these micro-credentials in any specific order. Courses are subject to availability.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this micro-credential, you will be able to:
● Describe Global Food Regulatory Systems and how this shapes policy.
● Understand the regulatory context for the development of legislation in areas such as food hygiene, food labelling, nutrition and health claims, novel foods, food additives etc.
● Demonstrate knowledge of the role of key stakeholders in the Food Regulatory environment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold an NFQ level 8 Honours degree (minimum 2nd Class Honours Lower) or equivalent. Ideally, applicants should be currently working in, or have previous experience of, the food and beverage industry, regulatory bodies, government departments or trade organisations.
Applicants who do not hold a NFQ Level 8 Honours degree or equivalent may be admitted on the basis of having considerable relevant work experience.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proof of English proficiency as per UCD's minimum English language requirements.

All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For Further Details & To Register: