Agricultural Science

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2019: 423
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 175

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

You can only apply for DN250 ONCE. If successful, you will be guaranteed a place in the degree option applied for.

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Why is this course for me?

If you’re interested in Agricultural Science but are not yet 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. If you receive an offer on the Agricultural Science programme, you’ll be guaranteed a place in any of the six specialisations from second year. If, on the other hand, you know which of the following areas you’d like to specialise in, you can select one of these areas on your CAO application. The CAO codes for the degree specialisations offered are:

DN250 Agricultural Systems Technology

DN250 Animal & Crop Production

DN250 Animal Science

DN250 Animal Science – Equine

DN250 Food & Agribusiness Management

DN250 Food Business with Chinese Studies

Students interested in progressing to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree must undertake one Chinese language module in semester one and transfer to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree option by the end of semester one.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

BAgrSc graduates have an excellent record in obtaining challenging and fulfilling roles. Careers in sectors such as food, agriculture, business and services include:

  • Enterprise management
  • Technical service and consultancy
  • Research
  • Education
  • Marketing and communications
  • Primary production of quality food and fibre products.

You can also pursue a wide range of graduate studies by research or examination (Master’s and PhD) in areas such as:

  • Environmental resource management
  • Humanitarian action
  • Rural development
  • Business
  • Information technology
  • Education

Higher and graduate diplomas are also available

What Will I Study

All our degrees 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. Science modules are taught on the basis that you have not studied the subject before.

First Year
Core subjects include:

  • Animal Biology and Evolution
  • Cell & Plant Biology
  • Physics
  • Mathematics for Agriculture
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Agricultural Economics & Business

Second & Third Year

You specialise in one of the programme areas listed above and detailed on the following pages.

Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and laboratory-based practicals, and undertake independent study.

A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-semester written examinations is used. Certain modules also require project work.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

You may be interested in the following blog post: Reasons to study Agricultural Science in UCD.

International Study Opportunities

PWE is an integral part of the degree 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.

There are opportunities to study abroad for one semester during third year, in universities in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA, among others.


UCD 2018/2019 Agricultural Science student society committee present fundraising cheques for €65,000 to their chosen charities.

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