Dairy Business

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN252
CAO Points Range 2017: 401
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 20

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 Professional Work Experience (PWE) involves monthly reports, a final report and an interview upon completion.

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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 chose to study Dairy Business due to its broad curriculum, international work experience and range of career opportunities. This course delivers a strong grounding in both business and science. I had a mix of lectures across UCD, including business lectures in the Quinn School of Business. The key differentiator about this course is third year. In the first semester, I had the opportunity to complete six months’ work experience on a farm in New Zealand. In the second semester, I attended Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre, where my class had lectures from leading agricultural researchers. This experience stands out to employers. The education I have received opens up a wide range of job opportunities in farm management, advisory and leading food businesses.”

TJ Hegarty, Student


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