Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN271
CAO Points Range 2018: 321
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 15

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?

Forestry is the science, art and practice of managing forests. Carbon sequestration, timber production, renewable energy resources, wildlife management, urban forestry, adaptation for climate change, and the conservation of genetic resources are all aspects of modern forestry that are covered in the course. Also covered are the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, soils and water quality, as they are highly relevant in the creation and management of forests that provide society with essential goods and services. Foresters employ the latest information and communication technology, such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, forest growth modelling and decision support systems to support good management and sustainable practice, and the course provides a good introduction to this technology.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Forestry graduates find employment in all areas of the sector, including:

  • State and semi-state agencies
  • Forest management and consultancy
  • Wood processing and renewable energy
  • Environmental agencies
  • Education and research
  • Forestry contarctors

Many graduates set up their own forestry businesses. Other opportunities include information technology, land-use planning and financial services. Research to Master’s and PhD levels is available.

What Will I Study

A broad science-based first year is followed by forestry-focused topics in subsequent years. Fourth year is largely project-based and allows students to combine all of their accumulated skills and knowledge, while further developing their ability to communicate effectively.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Trees & Forests in Ireland
  • Elective Modules

Second Year

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Ecology
  • Tree Structure & Function
  • Principles of Forestry
  • Professional Forestry Practice
  • Elective Modules


Third Year

  • Forest Management
  • Forest Establishment
  • Forest Protection
  • GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Wood Science
  • Elective Modules
  • Professional Work Experience

Fourth Year

  • Forest Inventory
  • Forest Management Plan
  • Experimental Design
  • Scientific Research Project
  • Elective modules

Students spend approximately 40 hours a week attending field work sessions and tutorials, and undertake independent study.

Assessment includes continuous assessment (e.g. class tests, essays) and end-of-semester written examinations. In your final year, assessments are largely based on the project reports.

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International Study Opportunities

Forestry students complete four months’ PWE and are encouraged to experience both Irish forestry and forestry in a foreign country.

In third year, a number of forestry students have studied for a semester in:

  • Michigan State University, USA
  • University of Vermont, USA
  • Iowa State University, USA


“The structure of the Forestry programme in UCD is what appealed to me by offering broad, but relevant, science modules in Stages 1 and 2, laying the foundation for natural progression through more directly focussed forestry modules in the later stages.

Strong interpersonal relationships are formed quickly with lecturers and hard work does not go unnoticed.

Professional work experience in Stage 3 allows for immeasurable exposure to the industry and may influence your desired career path upon graduating. During my work placement, I gained substantial experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which encouraged me to pursue and secure employment in this area. Forestry positions such as this offer a favourable mix of field and office based work, something that other industries cannot.”

Damien Maher Final Year Student


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