Food & Agribusiness Management

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2019: 423
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 175

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?

During the Food & Agribusiness Management degree, you’ll learn how the principles of economics and business management apply to farming, food production and marketing. You’ll gain an understanding of how the Irish and international food systems deliver food products and services that people want, and how farmers and food manufacturers can produce profitably, while also taking care of the natural environment. The four-year degree provides a unique opportunity to understand both business and science, focusing on the agri-food sector – Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. You’ll learn skills that can be used across a wide range of jobs both within and outside the agri-food sector.


Graduates of this degree have reached senior positions as chief executives, business owners, plant managers, marketing managers and media editors.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment in various sectors, including:

  • Food processing
  • Food distribution and marketing
  • Financial services
  • Consultancy services
  • Agri-food media
  • Farm management

Popular graduate study programmes include: MSc and PhD by research, in economic or business issues in agriculture and food; MSc in Marketing; MAgrSc in Agricultural Extension and Innovation and MSc in Food Business Strategy.

What Will I Study

You will study core science subjects in first year, and then develop your agribusiness knowledge with specialist modules.

First Year

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Second Year

  • Management
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Animal & Crop Sciences
  • Biostatistics

Third Year

  • Finance
  • Food Chain Integrity
  • Meat Science
  • Econometrics
  • Professional Work Experience (PWE)
  • Spreadsheets

Fourth Year

  • Enterprise Development & Strategy
  • Agri-Environmental Economics & Policy
  • Farm Business Management
  • Communications
  • Research Project
  • Agri-Taxation

Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures and tutorials, participating in laboratory-based practical classes and undertaking independent study.

A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you’ll also prepare a project on a specific agribusiness research topic of your choice.

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You may be interested in the following blog post: Reasons to study Agricultural Science in UCD (student perspective)

International Study Opportunities

You will spend the second semester of your third year working in the food and agribusiness industry in Ireland or abroad. This helps you apply the knowledge you have gained, and can lead directly to employment following graduation.

There are also opportunities to take a semester abroad in third year. Possibilities include:

  • Cornell University, USA
  • University of California, USA
  • Kansas State University, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Purdue University, USA


“In my final year of secondary school I was unsure of what I wanted to do. I always had a love for food and a desire to go into business. Upon learning of the Food and Agribusiness Management course I immediately decided it was for me. It has not disappointed.

As well as a great academic experience, the course has provided a platform to broaden my knowledge of the agribusiness sector through a semester placement in the University of Vermont [USA], followed by 7-month industry placement. These combined experiences together with the academic modules have provided me with an invaluable educational experience and a greater confidence from which to launch my career.”

Jane Tuohy, Student

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