Dean of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition: Prof Alexander Evans
Feeding and caring for a growing population, energy provision and the protection of the environment are among the greatest global challenges facing society today. These are areas where UCD Agriculture, Food & Nutrition graduates play a central role. If you are passionate about land, the animals and plants living on it and the food produced from it, you will thrive in any of our degrees.
Why UCD Agriculture, Food & Nutrition?
Agriculture and Food is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and is one that continues to show considerable growth, with great potential into the future.
The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science is ranked number one in Ireland and is placed ninteenth globally and fifth in Europe, based on the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings (November 2018) for the study of agricultural science. Unique programmes in UCD span the entire food chain, providing a diverse range of career opportunities in Ireland and internationally.
Our focus at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science is to develop the next generation of agriculture, food and human nutrition leaders. Our graduates have an excellent record in obtaining challenging and fulfilling employment in a variety of sectors. These sectors include: food, agriculture, health, business and services. You will develop professional skills for enterprise management, technical service and consultancy, management, research, education, marketing, communications and primary production of quality food and fibre products.
Students will be exposed to the latest scientific discoveries and knowledge that underpins each of our four year honours degree programmes. The modular and innovative syllabus includes Professional Work Experience (PWE) and international study abroad opportunities. The programmes develop highly sought-after graduates with innovation, entrepreneurship, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Your First Year Experience
In your first year, we provide a range of supports to ensure your transition to university life is as smooth as possible. A comprehensive induction and orientation programme, Peer Mentoring, dedicated Student Advisers, committed Programme Directors and Programme Office staff underpin our reputation for being the most friendly and close-knit community in UCD. Supports and initiatives such as the Maths Support Centre, tutorials, laboratories and continuous assessment are designed to assist you along the way.
Each of our 13 entry routes has a similar first year, designed to give you a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics needed for the rest of your studies. You will also have an opportunity to take one or more introductory modules from any of our courses in first year, providing you with an insight into the subsequent stages of each degree available within UCD Agriculture, Food & Nutrition. This is particularly beneficial for Agricultural Science (DN250) students, who choose their preferred degree at the end of first year.