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
Why is this course for me?
This course is aimed at students who wish to build their knowledge and skills-base to address the complexities of developing, deploying and managing technology for the agriculture sector. With a focus on design, numeracy and technology, our students will be committed and engaged with farming and food production, and speciﬁcally with technology, to enhance eﬃciency, sustainability and reliability. Technologies of interest range from computer systems, networks, data management and sensors, through machinery systems to precision agriculture.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
Graduates will find rewarding and challenging employment in agri-food industries, including:
- Production agriculture
- Environmental Protection
- Equipment manufacturing
Typical roles include technical and managerial positions in:
- Service Provision
- Environmental Protection
- Information Technology
- Process & Product Design
There are also excellent graduate study opportunities to specialise in Environmental Technology, Food Engineering and Sustainable Energy and Green Technology.
What Will I Study
Students will study modules in basic science, agricultural sciences, engineering technologies and data science.
- Biosystems Engineering Design Challenge
- Agricultural Economics
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Information Skills
- Agricultural Engineering Principles
- Animal, Crop and Soil Science
- Applied Biostatistics
- Agricultural Microbiology
- Food Physics
- Food Macronutrients
- Computer Programming
- Agricultural Mechanisation (engines, hydraulics, components and machinery systems)
- Sensors & Sensing Systems
- GIS & Remote Sensing
- Business Management
- Data Structures & Algorithms
- Numerical Methods for Agricultural Technology
- Professional Work Experience (PWE)
- Precision Agriculture (crops)
- Precision Livestock Management
- Optical Sensing Technology
- Databases and Information Systems
- Experimental Project
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Quantitative Risk Assessment
- Waste Management
Students will spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and laboratory-based practicals, and undertaking 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
There are opportunities to study abroad for one trimester in third year. Possibilities include:
- University of California, USA
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Michigan State University, USA
- Kansas State University, USA
- Purdue University, USA
“Growing up on a beef farm in County Offaly, I have always been involved in farming and felt Agricultural Science was the best path for me. I chose Agricultural Systems Technology as I have always had a keen interest in not only farming but engineering, technology and understanding why things do what they do.
For third year I travelled to Brisbane, Australia where I spent a trimester abroad studying at the University of Queensland advancing my agricultural knowledge. I got the opportunity to further my studies in programming and food-based technology subjects while experiencing new people and cultures. With the demand for technology increasing and the global population rising, this is the perfect course to combine agriculture and technology to better our world.”
– Claudia McCormick, Student