Food Business with Chinese Studies

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2020: 453
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

Please Note:
Students interested in progressing to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree option must undertake three Chinese language modules by the end of year one.

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Why is this course for me?

The Food Business with Chinese Studies programme reflects the changing market landscape, and aims to develop graduates with the skills and talent urgently requiredby the Irish food industry.

With Brexit and the uncertainty involving the UK market, export expansion to the emerging markets has critical strategic importance to the Irish food industry and the overall economy.

The changing market landscape requires improved foreign language capability of Irish companies to facilitate access to new markets, and to help sustain and strengthen the modern agri-food and agribusiness companies.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

As the agri-food sector becomes more knowledge intensive, education and skills development are even more critical for career success. This programme incorporates Chinese language and cultural components into the business skills and fundamental science required for managerial and professional careers in the agri-food sectors. These elements, combined with an emphasis on learning to think analytically, result in a programme that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for professional decision-making in agri-food business sectors in the global market, with particular reference to China.

What Will I Study

The programme brings together the established expertise in the School of Agriculture & Food Science and UCD Institute for Chinese Studies. The core modules offered in the UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science (fundamental food science and food business management modules) combine systematically with Chinese modules offered by UCD Institute for Chinese Studies (language, cultural, and target market oriented courses).

First Year

  • Introduction to Food and Agribusiness Management
  • Agricultural Economics and Business
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chinese Language Experience
  • Elementary Written Chinese
  • Elementary Spoken Chinese

Second Year

  • Business Management
  • Business Law
  • Applied Economic Analysis
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Soil Science
  • Intermediate Spoken Chinese 1 and 2
  • Intermediate Written Chinese 1 and 2
  • Option Modules

Third Year

Students will complete year three of their studies at Renmin University of China (RUC) in Beijing, where you will take intermediate or advanced Chinese language courses and a range of interesting and relevant modules. There will be a limited number of language scholarship opportunities available on a competitive basis that will cover tuition fees and accommodation for either one or two trimesters in China.

In addition to the benefit of a structured academic programme, students will also experience first hand the diverse culture of China and the vibrant economic growth that the second largest economy in the world has to offer. Living and studying in a different cultural environment will provide students with an eye-opening and life changing experience that will also help you make friends and develop networks across the globe.

Fourth Year

  • Food and Agricultural Strategy
  • International Food Marketing
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Enterprise Development
  • Advanced Chinese 1 and 2
  • Chinese Economy
  • Doing Business in China
  • Option modules

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“I am currently studying Food Business with Chinese Studies at UCD and I am loving every minute of it. This course has allowed me to meet so many new people. The brand-new Confucius Institute, overlooking one of UCD’s beautiful lakes, is  building dedicated to Chinese studies and my favourite building on campus. Ireland and China have been building up strong trade links, especially in the food and drink sector. There will be no shortage of employment for a student who understands agribusiness and has obtained fluency in Chinese. All of third year is spent in Renmin University in Beijing, one of China’s top business schools. Students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and broaden their knowledge of the language. The combination of food, business and learning the Chinese language, makes this a unique course.”

– Eoin Gaine, Student

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