Agricultural Science

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2021: 440
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 267

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 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
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture

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
  • 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 & Evolution
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Agriculture
  • Physics for Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Economics & Business
  • Introduction to Biomolecules
  • Cell & Plant Biology
  • Information Skills
  • Optional Modules.

Second & Third Year

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

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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.


Celebrating Success: Students from the UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science receiving their medals at the school awards ceremony, which celebrates over seventy student scholarships, prizes and medals awarded annually.

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