BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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UCD’s Animal Science programme is a four-year degree that delves into the applied sciences necessary for understanding how animals function and the principles of livestock production. You will explore the growth, development, and behaviour of domestic animals, and the fundamentals of sustainable animal production systems. Modules include animal biology, genetics, biotechnology, nutrition, and more.
In the later years of the programme, you will visit the UCD Lyons Farm for hands-on practical experience and complete a five-month Professional Work Experience placement. With opportunities to study abroad and a range of career options in animal health, breeding, enterprise management, and more, this degree is the perfect choice for anyone passionate about animals and their role in agriculture.
You begin with introductory modules designed to give you a broad foundation in biological and physiological sciences as they relate to domestic animals. As you progress, you will study animal physiology, nutrition, genetics and breeding and how these sciences are integrated to optimise animal health and productivity.
You will have the opportunity to select elective modules according to your interests. Professional Work Experience in Stage 3 will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of all the various animal enterprises to prepare you for final year.
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 wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of Animal Science. These include entry into graduate study leading to Masters and Ph.D. degrees and a career in research, and/or in the Animal Health and Pharmaceutical Industry, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal feed industry, Procurement, processing and marketing of animal products, Education, Consultancy, Farming and enterprise management, and Journalism.
“A great choice for anyone who wants to study production and understand the science involved. I was originally hesitant to attend UCD as it meant I would be the only one from my school attending. However, the subjects offered, and the placement opportunity in third year, made it too attractive to pass up. Being a member of AgSoc was an amazing opportunity to contribute to charity while meeting people from other years and the agricultural sector. A highlight was PWE. My five months spent within different sectors were invaluable. Hands on experience made me more confident, and focused my passion for future studies, helped by lecturers who inspired me to pursue a PhD.”
Laura Thompson, Student
Professor Trudee Fair
UCD Agriculture & Food Science School Office
Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4