Food Safety and Culinary Science (Level 6, 5 ECTS credits)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Culinary Arts

  • Type of Course:

    Single Module Course

  • Type of Qualification:

    Single Module Course

  • Type of Study:

    Part time,Online

  • Application Closing Date:

    14th December 2020

Course Duration:

3 hours per week over 12 weeks/11am to 2pm on Monday

Admission Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, a relevant QQI Level 5 qualification and/or relevant work experience.


July Stimulus Higher Education Authority (HEA) Initiative
Are you eligibile to apply for this free programme?


Please view the 'Apply Tab' above for more information.


Course Fee

This Level 6 module is funded through an initiative of the HEA. The module is free of charge if you are unemployed, a homemaker returning to work or are in receipt of the COVID-19 unemployment payment at the time the programme begins (25th January 2021).

Please note that there is a charge of €50 for the EHAI exam (Environmental Health Association of Ireland)

If you are in employment, were previously self-employed or are a recent graduate (2020), you may be eligible provided you meet the nationality/visa requirement and residence requirement. 


These are in line with the current requirements for Springboard courses


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Module Info >>



This module will provide learners with the theoretical knowledge of microbiological food safety and incorporating the key principles of the HACCP management system in order to facilitate excellent standards of food safety within the kitchen environment. 


Additionally, the learner may also achieve a certification - Primary Course in Food Safety, awarded by the Environmental Health Officers Association.

Please note that there is a charge of €50 for the EHAI exam (Environmental Health Association of Ireland)

The online delivery will provide students with a wide-ranging understanding of the scientific principles associated with culinary arts, which characterise the properties of natural foods. The above learning outcomes are indispensable in facilitating excellent standards of food safety and HACCP compliance within a culinary environment.


On successful completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the principles of microbiology and take personal responsibility for food safety in line with the FSAI Level 2 training standard and IS:340.
  • Know the steps involved and the controls used in designing a food safety management system.
  • Appreciate, explore and apply the principles of sensory analysis as applied to the properties of foods.
  • Explore and evaluate the structure and scientific principles which characterise the properties of natural foods.
  • Assess the level of risk and explain safe working requirements and practice, in the context of legal requirements.


MTU Cork: Single Module Certification (5 ECTS credits at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications)


Online application is open (link is at the end of this page) for Returners, the Employed, formerly Self Employed and recent Graduates who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement 25th January 2021.

Please upload your CV, Transcript of results or documents to the online application form.

To progress your application to this module, two non-academic eligibility requirements must be satisfied. These are your Employment status and your Residency/Nationality status.  

Eligibility criteria is in line with the current requirements for Springboard courses

If you require documentation from the Department of Social Protection please call the customer service line on 071 9193302 to request this letter.

This course will be filled on a first come first served basis so it is important to read and follow the below instructions correctly.

Your application will not be assessed further until the supporting documentation is submitted. Please upload the relevant documentation with your application. Please note that all applicants are required to submit a passport or birth certificate (a driving licence will not be accepted).


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email for assistance.

1. Employment Status 

a)  Unemployed 
Please email supporting documentation that you are currently in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection payment outlined below, or that you are signing for Social Insurance Contribution Credits. This supporting documentation should be in the form of a receipt of payment or a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

Please call the customer service line on 071 9193302 to request this letter

  • Jobseekers Benefit 
  • Jobseekers Allowance 
  • One Parent Family 
  • Disability Allowance 
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age 
  • Carers Allowance 
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist 
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension 
  • Blind Pension 
  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

b)  Employed/Self Employed 
Email a copy of your most recent Employment Detail Summary, payslip, other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from your current employer, to confirm employment. 

c)  Returne
A declaration to attest to your employment status must be sworn before a Commissioner of Oaths.  It must be signed, dated and stamped before submission. When this has been completed, please email the form to 

2. Residency/Nationality Status

As required by Higher Education Authority

  • All applicants are required to submit a passport or birth certificate.  
    Please note driving licence will not be accepted
  • Candidates must provide documentation to provide proof that they have been resident in an EU country for 3 of the past 5 years preceding entry of the programme i.e. since January 2016
  • Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Examples of Documents acceptable for evidence of having lived in an EU country 

  • A sworn Affidavit from a solicitor in Ireland confirming residency in Ireland for specific dates (from and to). Your name and passport number to be noted, dated, and stamped by a solicitor’s office.  
  • Original letter from a place of work – dated, stamped, and signed by an official there. Dates from and to clearly indicated. 
  • P60 from 3 of the last 5 years.




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021 433 5820

Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department
021 433 5822

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