Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness

  • Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Full details available on the Admissions-Postgrad section
  • 1 Year Part-time (Friday afternoons 2-6pm and Saturdays bi-weekly 9-4pm)
  • Wexford
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
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Developed in partnership Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM – The Irish Sea Fisheries Board), this programme offers opportunities for those interested in the seafood industry. This course will be of interest to those looking to enter management roles in aquabusiness, aqua economics; financial or regulatory roles in R&D or in a seafood processing company or those interested in starting an aquabusiness.

This programme offers opportunities for personal development to explore new insights in strategic thinking and to enhance presentation skills for supervisory roles in emerging growth areas for the Aqua sector.


Special features of this programme

This programme has been designed and developed with industry experts in BIM so it will provide real world practical skills and education to learners who will also have the opportunity to work on live business projects within the aqua business sector and complete site visits and work experience.

What subjects will I study ?

  • Aquabusiness Economics
  • Law and Regulation for Aquabusiness
  • Strategic and Innovation Management
  • Financial Management and Planning
  • Marketing Management in Aquabusiness
  • Work Placement

Entry Requirements

This course is designed to cater for aqua, fisheries and bio-products sectors of the seafood-industry as well as applicants with major degrees at  Level 7 (QQI Level 7 or equivalent). In addition, those with extensive work experience on fish farms or in fisheries occupations may be eligible under the IT Carlow's recognition of prior learning policy (RPL). All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

IT Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the ability through project work to prepare Aquabusiness (aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing) plans to extend a product range and develop export markets. With a focus on sustainable fish farming and development of core skills in this sector, graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Undertake strategic analysis for market development;
  • Understand and analyse key issues within compliance, legal and regulatory affairs in the sector;
  • Innovate and build local and international marketing strategies;
  • Better manage, communicate and build greater capacity and functionality across teams;
  • Efficiently and effectively undertake economic pricing and financial analysis for better decision making.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWX10 Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness Wexford Part-time €2,500 Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate section of the website

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries, please email: graduatestudies@itcarlow.ie.



Dr. Janette Davies
Deputy Head of Wexford Campus
P: 053 915808
E: janette.davies@itcarlow    


Brian O’Loan
Bord Iascaigh Mhara
E: aquabusiness@bim.ie