Dairy Business

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN252
CAO Points Range 2019: 398
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 22

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

The Irish dairy industry is in a time of significant change, following the abolition of EU milk quotas on March 31, 2015. This change brings significant challenges and opportunities for young, highly skilled graduates from the Dairy Business programme. This degree is designed to equip future leaders of the dairy industry with the scientific, technical and business skills needed to cope with this business and enterprise expansion.


The UCD Lyons Dairy Research and Education Facility was officially opened on the 19 January, 2016, and is an excellent resource for Dairy Business students.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

In addition to the highly skilled role of dairy farm management, opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas including:

  • Research
  • Animal feed industry
  • Banking
  • Teaching
  • Consultancy

Research opportunities to Master’s and PhD level are also available.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

You start with a range of business, science, mathematics and technology-related modules. You then build on this scientific base by taking a range of modules in relevant applied sciences, as well as business and communications-related modules.

Third & Fourth Year

In June of second year, you’ll undertake technical management of a dairy farm at Teagasc, Kildalton Agricultural College. This is followed by Professional Work Experience (PWE) placement in the dairy industry from July to December.

For semester two of third year, you study at Teagasc Moorepark in areas including:

  • Grassland Management & Nutrition
  • Dairy Systems
  • Applied Breeding & Fertility
  • Herd Health
  • Dairy Business Project

In fourth year you will consolidate your understanding of earlier modules and pursue a range of business and science modules.

Students spend an average of 40 hours a week including: lectures and tutorials; laboratory and practical workshops; and independent study.

Assessment varies but involves a combination of projects, continuous assessment and end-of-semester examinations.

Assessment of PWE involves monthly reports, a final report and an interview upon completion.

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You may be interesteed in the following Blog post: Dairy Business students talks about his work experience abroad.

International Study Opportunities

PWE (Professional Work Experience) takes place between July and December (first semester, third year) and offers you the opportunity to visit New Zealand at the busiest time of the dairy farming calendar.


“I selected the Dairy Business programme due to its extensive curriculum, the chance to go on an international work placement and the vast amount of opportunities in the dairy sector post quotas. The programme equips students to successfully run a dairy enterprise and also prosper in the dairy sector. Going to New Zealand was the highlight of the 4 years for me. It was an eye opening and unforgettable experience. The journey from 1st to 4th year can only be described as an adventure. The Ag family is renowned for its community ethos offering students an open and welcoming environment to thrive and prosper. I would encourage anyone considering Dairy Business to follow suit.”

Conor Hogan Graduate


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