Food & Agribusiness Management

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2021: 440
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 267

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 will 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: PhD by research; 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

  • Animal Biology & Evolution
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Agriculture
  • Physics for Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Economics & Business
  • Introduction to Biomolecules, Cell & Plant Biology
  • Information Skills
  • Optional Modules

Second Year

  • Management
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Options in Animal, Crop, Food & Environmental Sciences
  • Biostatistics

Third Year

  • Financial Planning & Control
  • Food Chain Integrity
  • Econometrics
  • Spreadsheets
  • Professional Work Experience (PWE)

Fourth Year

  • Enterprise Development & Strategy
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Farm Business Management
  • Communications & Marketing
  • 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-trimester 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 trimester 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 trimester abroad in third year. Possibilities include:

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


“I chose the Food and Agribusiness Management course at UCD as I was interested in both business and agricultural science. PWE and the opportunity to study abroad played a big part in my decision to choose this course. I completed my PWE with a specialist food and agribusiness consultancy company. This was a brilliant experience, allowing me to see first-hand the scale of agribusiness projects being undertaken around the world. The highlight of the course for me was the opportunity to travel. I spent the first trimester of third year in Cornell University in upstate New York, for which I received a Student Exchange Scholarship. The experience of studying at this Ivy League University is something I will never forget.”

Daniel Traas, Student

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