Ireland’s one year part-time postgraduate course at Carlow Institute of Technology’s Wexford Campus aimed at fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing candidates is now open for enrolment for September 2020.
Developed in partnership with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and endorsed by the Irish South and East Fish Producers’ Organisation and the Women in Fisheries Network, the HDip Aquabusiness, now going into its fourth cycle, covers all business aspects of fishing, aquaculture and processing and is designed to cater for those looking to enter management, financial, Research and Development or regulatory roles in fisheries, aquaculture, seafood processing and related fields.
Currently the only dedicated postgraduate course on business aspects of seafood, the programme offers modules in Aquabusiness Environment, Law and Regulation for Aquabusiness, Strategic and Innovation Management, Financial Management & Planning, and Marketing Management in Aquabusiness, with all modules available as individual certificates also.
Now in its third cycle, there are nine enrolled on the HDip for the third year (2019-2020) and three more signed up for Certificates. Half of these are from fishing.
Applicants with major degrees at Level 7 (QQI Level 7 or equivalent), alongside those with experience in fisheries-related occupations are invited to apply. All applicants will be considered on a case by case bases.
The course is timetabled to take place every fortnight on Fridays and on Saturdays from 10-4 pm over the academic year starting on September 28, 2020.
On account of the ongoing pandemic, teaching will be predominantly online this coming academic year, meaning students will not have to travel for the course.
The full course fee is €2,500, however, candidates from the sector are eligible for an EMFF grant administered by BIM of 50% of course fee and a daily attendance allowance.
Closing date for applications is Friday, 4th September 2020.
Photo Caption: Carol O’Kelly, Abdon Ryan (recipient of Brendan O’Kelly Memorial Medal), John Hickey (recipient of Joey Murrin Memorial Medal) and Malachy Murrin at last year’s graduation. (Credit: Brownes Photography)