BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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Animal Science – Equine focuses on the applied sciences that underpin animal and veterinary biosciences, with emphasis on the horse. The degree provides the scientiﬁc knowledge and transferable skills necessary for professional leadership roles within many aspects of the animal and equine science industries. You’ll learn about:
You’ll study the basic sciences at the start, which are complemented by specialist modules in:
First & Second Year:
Third & Fourth Year:
Animal practicals are delivered at UCD Lyons Farm, where excellent new equine teaching and research facilities exist. Anatomy classes are conducted at UCD’s Veterinary Hospital, while exciting research programmes in equine and animal science support the taught elements.
Students’ time is spent primarily attending lectures and undertaking independent study. In most modules, this also involves attending practical sessions, laboratory workshops and/or tutorials.
A combination of continuous assessment (class quizzes, MCQ tests, presentations), research projects and end-of-trimester examinations is used.
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A five-month PWE placement is integral to your degree and is an invaluable learning and networking opportunity. Exciting options include placements on stud farms in the Kentucky Bluegrass region, Japan, Australia, top show-jumping and yards in Ireland and the US, and with Tattersalls Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland.
There are also opportunities to participate in the Study Abroad Programme in third year.
In addition to the career opportunities available to Animal Science graduates, Animal Science Equine graduates are equipped to pursue careers in:
You can pursue equine science research and development careers, and Master’s and PhD opportunities in Europe and the US.
“Studying Animal Science Equine in UCD has allowed me to get a glimpse into my future in the equine world. I have been involved with horses from a young age and always knew I would study an equine related course in university. Equine Science is the perfect course for anyone looking to improve their knowledge and broaden their horizons. The part I most enjoyed throughout my degree was Professional Work Experience in third year. I worked for Emil Spadone at Redfield Farms, a show jumping and hunter jumper farm in America. I spent six months working and riding in both Ocala, Florida and Califon, New Jersey. I learned a lot about the equine world in America, improved my riding and made some great connections, while also getting to travel to places like the World Equestrian Centre and New York City.”
Rhiannon Maher, Student
Dr. Barbara Murphy
UCD Agriculture & Food Science School Office
Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4