Studying Agricultural Science (DN250)
The UCD Agricultural Science programme offers 11 unique areas of specialisation. All have 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. Areas of specialisation include:
- Agricultural Systems Technology
- Agri-Environmental Sciences
- Animal and Crop Production
- Animal Science
- Animal Science-Equine
- Crop Science
- Dairy Business
- Food and Agribusiness Management
- Food Business with Chinese Studies
Overall, there are 280 places in Agricultural Science DN250. The average number of students taking each specialisation is shown on the relevant page.
If you are interested in studying Agricultural Science but are not certain of which area to specialise in, you can select the ‘No Preference (NPF)’ option on your CAO form. Then, during your ﬁrst year at UCD, you can choose your area of specialisation. Once you receive an offer on the Agricultural Science programme (DN250) you will be guaranteed a place in any of the 11 specialisations from
Alternatively, if you know which of the 11 programmes you would like to specialise in, you can select this on your CAO application.
During first year, students will also have an opportunity to take one or more introductory modules from any of our courses, providing you with an insight into the subsequent stages of each available degree. This is particularly beneficial for students who are interested in Agricultural Science but are not yet certain of which area to specialise in.
Studying Food Science (DN261)
Food Science develops your scientific knowledge of how to produce high quality, safe and nutritious foods for the global market. The UCD Food Science course is accredited by the Institute of Food Technologies.
Studying Human Nutrition (DN262)
Accredited by the Association of Nutrition, this degree covers the many aspects of nutritional sciences from biochemistry to molecular and public health nutrition, and also includes topics such as nutrition communication and food regulatory affairs.
Professional Work Experience (PWE) & International Study Opportunities
PWE is an integral part of our degrees and takes place in third year. Part, or all, of PWE can be taken abroad. PWE provides an opportunity for you to network, experience many different roles and, in some instances, even secure a job prior to graduation.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
Our graduates have an excellent record in obtaining challenging and fulfilling employment in a variety of sectors in food, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, 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, non-food (amenity plants) and fibre products. You can also pursue a wide range of graduate studies by research or examination (Master’s and PhD).
UCD Lyons Farm
UCD is unique amongst third level universities in Ireland by having its own teaching and research farm to provide students and academics with access to large animal and crop enterprises for the delivery of teaching and research programmes.
UCD Lyons Farm is fundamental to the student educational experience by providing opportunities for them to understand and see the practices and principles discussed in lectures at first hand.
On many BAgrSc programmes students visit UCD Lyons Farm in year two as part of the Health, Welfare and Safety module that takes place in preparation for Professional Work Experience. On some modules in year three, such as Soil Science Applications and Animal Reproduction, students visit UCD Lyons Farm for important practical classes. Animal and Crop Production and Animal Science degree programme students spend one day per week at UCD Lyons Farm during the final year of their studies.
There are also opportunities for students to obtain invaluable experience during the especially busy Lambing period at UCD Lyons Farm which takes place in March each year.
Research taking place at Lyons Farm is of national and international importance and underpins the programmes taught within the school aswell as supporting innovation for the agri-food industry.
• #1 destination of choice in Ireland for the study of Agricultural and Food Science
• 5th in Europe and 19th in the World for the study of Agricultural Sciences
• #1 for citations in Food Science
• Academic staff among the top 1% of the cited researchers in the world
• Athena Swan Bronze Award winner for commitment to gender equality.
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