BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2020: 453
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 175
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.
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 eleven 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 degree specialisations oﬀered are:
- Agri-Environmental Sciences
- Agricultural Systems Technology
- Animal & Crop Production
- Animal Science
- Animal Science – Equine
- Crop Science
- Dairy Business
- Food & Agribusiness Management
- Food Business with Chinese Studies
Students interested in progressing to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree must undertake three Chinese language modules by the end of year 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
- 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
- Information technology
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.
Core subjects include:
- Animal Biology & Evolution
- Cell & Plant Biology
- Mathematics for Agriculture
- Introductory Chemistry
- Agricultural Economics & Business
- Information Skills
- Agricultural Science Optional Modules
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-trimester written examinations is used. Certain modules also require project work.
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 trimester during third year, in universities in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA, among others.
Jumping for Joy: The UCD AgSoc Careers Committee at the largest ever UCD Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition Careers Day. This year’s event was attended by 50 exhibitors seeking to recruit students from the UCD Class of 2020.