BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

If you are concerned about the natural environment and issues of sustainability then Forestry could be the course for you. Forestry students learn how to create habitats, provide spaces for recreation, and produce timber – a resource that can simultaneously store carbon and substitute for concrete and steel.

The Forestry sector has expanded considerably in Ireland in recent decades and there is an ongoing demand for qualified forestry professionals. With the skills you gain in this degree, you will be able to create meaningful change for the Irish environment and contribute positively to solving some of the biggest challenges facing the world.

UCD Forestry students gain skills in forest planning, remote sensing, the use of geographical information systems and forest modelling while developing the capacity for life-long learning that enables them to stay abreast of developments in policy, technology and the sciences that underpin forestry practice. They learn how to manage forest systems to:

• Produce timber and renewable energy
• Sequester carbon
• Improve biodiversity and wildlife habitats
• Develop resilience for climate change
• Protect soil and water resources

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

The combination of science and business modules, complemented by a work experience placement, ensures that UCD Forestry graduates are in high demand across the sector.

First Year

The first year of the programme equips students with the basics in science and business knowledge; this provides the necessary grounding from which to progress to more specialised and technical aspects of forestry practice.

Second Year

This year focuses on developing land management, business and communication and principles of forestry knowledge.

Third Year

Third year comprises modules on forestry specific topics like forest management, forest protection, silviculture, forest harvesting and forest inventory as well as key skills such as using remote sensing data and GIS. Students undertake a period of 16 weeks of work placement enabling them to return for the final year of study energised and informed about their chosen career.

Fourth Year

Fourth year is largely project-based and allows students to combine all of their skills and knowledge, while further developing their ability to communicate effectively.

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International Study Opportunities

Forestry students complete four months’ PWE and are encouraged to gain experience in various aspects of forestry both in Ireland and abroad.

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

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

During Work Experience, students have travelled to Iceland, Germany, and the United States.

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 contractors

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.

Other Entry Routes

“The UCD Forestry degree is a brilliant, hands-on course with multiple pathways to exciting careers. I found it to be both practical and academic. In my experience, this degree offers students work experience opportunities in a variety of settings around the world, and a comprehensive understanding of the economic, ecological and social aspects of forests. UCD provides Forestry students with unique opportunities such as research projects, internships and networking with professionals that prepared us for a variety of careers. As a result of my time at UCD, I wholeheartedly recommend the Forestry programme and would say that it is a great pathway to an impactful career.”

Julia Vataleva, Student

Contact Information

Professor Aine Ni Dhubhain

UCD Agriculture & Food Science School Office
Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

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