Postgraduate Diploma in Packaging, Innovation and Product Design

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  • Aim of Programme

    Aim of Programme

    The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Packaging, Innovation and Product Design is to provide an educational experience that enables participants to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of Packaging, Innovation and Product Design, and to develop appropriate intellectual and personal skills.

    Specifically the programme is designed to offer participants the opportunity to gain a detailed knowledge of the underpinning theory and effective practice of Packaging, Innovation and Product Design which will be of particular benefit in a range of management and leadership roles as well as in specialized Packaging, Innovation and Product Design roles.

    After successfully completing the programme, participants will have demonstrated the competencies necessary to:

    • Adopt analytical, systematic approaches toward problem solving and decision making, while simultaneously displaying an appropriate awareness and understanding of the sensitivities involved in the context of organisational dynamics;
    • Demonstrate personal qualities of empathy, leadership, teamworking;
    • Manage their own learning and development, and evaluate their own experience through a reflective approach towards the impact of the programme on their lives;
    • Be catalysts of change within their employing organisations, as a result of the adoption of creative and innovative approaches to opportunities and threats.

    This programme will be delivered full-time through an innovative blended learning approach involving facilitated workshops and online virtual learning classes. It utilises highly participatory learning and teaching approaches with a significant degree of collaborative group work in the classroom setting.

    The flexibility and agility of this programme, will allow students to specialise in a pathway most suited to their skills, career aspirations, and employer needs while undertaking core modules that will give them a broader insight into Packaging, Innovation and Product Design.


    • 9
      NFQ Level
    • 60

    Programme Content

    Programme Content

    • Strategic Management and Leadership

    • Product Design and Prototyping

    • Packaging Science and Technology

    • Innovation Practice: Ideation Visualisation

    • Research Methods

    • Applied Case Studies – WBL Strategic Capstone Project 

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    • Minimum Entry Requirements

    Level 8 Degree in any non-cognate discipline


    Those with a level 7 degree in any non-cognate discipline with three years post qualification and/or those who meet the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) requirements as per the Institute RPL policy will also be considered.  Such candidates will have to attend for interview.

    Note: Non cognate discipline is defined as the discipline area OTHER than the discipline area of the Post Graduate Diploma the student is applying for.



    Induction for the 2022 academic year takes place (online via Zoom) on Saturday 15th January from 930am to 1pm. In advance, you will be required to review Pre Induction reading material, available to you on

    During Induction, you will be given the opportunity to:

    • Meet your programme lecturers, programme co-ordinator and students
    • Overview of the programme handbook, programme’s modules, assessments and delivery timetable
    • Introduction to Athlone IT’s operating systems including MS Office, Zoom, Moodle etc
    • Outline of the learning supports available to you during the programme


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    Progression from the Postgraduate Diploma in Packaging, Innovation and Product Design is to the Masters of Engineering in Packaging, Innovation and Product Design.




    1 Year

    Tuesday 7 pm – 9 pm
    Plus 2 Saturdays per semester

    February 12th 9 am – 1 pm
    April 2nd 9 am – 1 pm

    For online programmes, lectures will be delivered online and recordings of lectures will be available to view in the student’s own time.

    Saturdays may be scheduled for face to face in AIT (9 am- 4.30 pm) or online (9 am – 1 pm).
    To be confirmed in the programme timetable.

    Programme Fee

    This is a HCI Funded Programme.

    This programme will be fully funded for eligible unemployed applicants.

    Eligible employed applicants and eligible recent graduates (Summer 2021) will be 90% funded.  They will have to pay 10% directly to AIT.  The 10% payable is €825.

    For full details of eligibility criteria and to apply go to


    The programme’s assessments will be a combination of final examinations and continuous assessments.


    Tuesday 18th January 2022


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  • This programme will be delivered through an innovative blended learning approach involving facilitated workshops and online virtual learning classes.