BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2020: 453
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 22
O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects
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.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
In addition to the highly skilled role of dairy farm management, opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas including:
- Animal feed industry
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 trimester 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-trimester examinations.
Assessment of PWE involves monthly reports, a final report and an interview upon completion.
You may be interested 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 trimester, third year) and offers you the opportunity to visit New Zealand at the busiest time of the dairy farming calendar.
“Growing up on a dairy farm and having a keen interest in the sector, gave me the confidence to put Dairy Business in UCD down as my number one choice on my CAO application. Travelling to New Zealand to work on a 1,100 cow dairy farm for my professional work experience was the trip of a lifetime. This experience along with our time spent studying in Teagasc Moorepark were definitely some of the highlights of the course for me. In Moorepark we received lectures from some of the top researchers in the industry and had the opportunity to visit some of the best dairy farms in the country. The experience and knowledge gained throughout my time in UCD has allowed me to make better decisions on our 190-cow dairy herd home farm where I work part-time, along with securing the position of Dairy Technical Journalist with AgriLand media.”
– Emma Gilsenan, Graduate