Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN271
CAO Points Range 2019: 303
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. Forestry in Ireland operates under the paradigm of ‘Sustainable Forest Management’. This requires foresters to seek to achieve a balance across all the productive functions of our forests – economic, social and environmental.

The UCD Forestry degree provides the scientific knowledge and transferrable skills to ensure our graduates contribute positively to the ongoing expansion of the Irish forestry sector.

Forestry students will:

– Learn about timber production, renewable energy, carbon sequestration,
biodiversity, adaptations for climate change, wildlife management, biodiversity, soil and water protection.

– Gain skills in forest planning, remote sensing, the use of geographical
information systems and forest modelling.

– Develop the capacity for life-long learning which enables them to stay abreast of developments in policy, technology and the sciences

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

  • Tree Structure & Function
  • Principles of Forestry
  • Professional Forestry Practice
  • Soil Science
  • Business Management
  • Agricultural Botany
  • Elective Modules

Third Year

  • Forest Management
  • Forest Protection
  • Silviculture
  • Forest Harvesting
  • GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Forest Inventory and Sampling
  • Elective Modules
  • Professional Work Experience (PWE)

Fourth Year

  • Forest Inventory and Management Plan
  • Experimental Design
  • Forest Planning
  • Forest Policy and Law
  • Scientific Research Project
  • Elective modules

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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


“I grew up adjacent to an old Irish woodland and from a young age I loved exploring the ecosystem and trying to identify different tree species from their leaf shapes. I knew I wanted a career in forestry so when it came to filling out my CAO application UCD forestry was an easy choice. The degree is an excellent foundation to help build your career and is highly sought after in a multitude of industries. The modules undertaken in Stage 1 give you a strong scientific foundation to help you understand the fundamental principles of forestry. During my time in UCD I had the opportunity to visit countries such as, Iceland, Germany and even a job interview in Costa Rica with Fyffes. The forestry industry in Ireland is growing and the demand for forestry graduates is intensifying. My advice is to choose a degree in forestry with UCD as the opportunities are endless.”

Mike O’Brien Graduate


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