BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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At the core of Animal Science is the study of the applied sciences that are fundamental to understanding how animals function and that underpin the principles of livestock production. The degree will give you an appreciation of:
Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures and tutorials and participating in laboratory-based practicals, and undertake independent study. In the final two years, students make regular visits to UCD Lyons Farm to get hands-on practical experience.
A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-trimester written examinations is used. Certain modules also require project work.
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A ﬁve-month PWE placement takes place in third year and may be taken as a combination of on-farm, agribusiness and research centre placements. Some of this may be taken abroad (e.g. USA and New Zealand). In addition, an opportunity exists to take a trimester abroad. Possibilities include:
A range of opportunities exists, including:
Graduate research opportunities exist at Master’s and PhD levels.
“Growing up I held an undeniable passion for animals due to my equine and suckler beef background. Being from a small town in the midlands, I was not used to the city life. However, since I got to UCD, the staff have being extremely helpful during my four years. The lecturers are exceptional and very helpful with many being leaders of research and innovation in their fields. For me, one of the highlights of the degree was the 20 weeks of Professional Work Experience (PWE), which I completed in stage three. During PWE, I gained invaluable experience with companies such as Kiernan Breeding Stock, Manor Farms and DDS Carrickboy Farms. I was awarded the PWE Certificate of Excellence from UCD in recognition of outstanding performance on this placement.”
Viola Callaghan, Student
Professor Tommy Boland
UCD Agriculture & Food Science School Office
Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4