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Agricultural Science - Agricultural Systems Technology - DN250 AST

This course is aimed at students who wish to build their knowledge and skills-base to address the complexities of developing, deploying and managing technology for the agriculture sector. With a focus on design, numeracy and technology, our students will be committed and engaged with farming and food production, and specifically with technology, to enhance efficiency, sustainability and reliability. Technologies of interest range from computer systems, networks, data management and sensors, through machinery systems to precision agriculture.

Agricultural Science - Animal Science - DN250 ASC

At the core of Animal Science is the study of the applied sciences that are fundamental to understanding how animals function and that underpin the principles of livestock production. The degree will give you an appreciation of:

  • The growth and development of domestic farm animals, and animal behaviour and welfare
  • Animal production systems and how the components are integrated and managed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner
  • The livestock industry in Ireland, the context in which it operates and its relationship to animal industries in Europe and worldwide

Agricultural Science - Animal and Crop Production - DN250 ACP

This degree gives you a broad knowledge of the science and business of both animal and crop production and their interactions in a constantly changing environment. You’ll develop:

  • Knowledge of the growth, development and improvement of farm animals and crops
  • Knowledge of the agribusiness industry
  • The capacity to formulate economical and sustainable animal and crop production systems
  • The capacity for life long learning so you remain informed of evolving technical, economic and regulatory frameworks
  • Communication and IT skills

Agricultural Science - Food and Agribusiness Management - DN250 FAM

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’ll learn skills that can be used across a wide range of jobs both within and outside the agri-food sector.

Agricultural Science - DN250 NPF

If you’re interested in Agricultural Science but are not yet certain of which area to specialise in, you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on your CAO form. Then, during your first year at UCD, you can choose your area of specialisation. If you receive an offer on the Agricultural Science programme, you’ll be guaranteed a place in any of the six specialisations from second year. If, on the other hand, you know which of the following areas you’d like to specialise in, you can select one of these areas on your CAO application.The CAO codes for the degree specialisations offered are:

  • DN250 Agricultural Systems Technology
  • DN250 Animal & Crop Production
  • DN250 Animal Science
  • DN250 Animal Science – Equine
  • DN250 Food & Agribusiness Management
  • DN250 Food Business with Chinese Studies

Students interested in progressing to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree must undertake one Chinese language module in semester one and transfer to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree option by the end of semester one.

Agri - Environmental Sciences - DN253

This course is suited to those who have a passion for the environment and in particular how agriculture can interact with it both in positive and negative ways.

This degree focuses on sustainable management of natural resources (plants, animals, air, soils and water) within the context of agriculture and other land-based industries, and protection of the rural environment for future generations.

This is an applied science degree. 

Food Science - DN261

Food science focuses on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of food along the production chain, from its production on a farm to being eaten.

First year courses concentrate on the core sciences of biology and chemistry. There is also an introduction to Food, Diet and Health which gives students an idea of what is studied in greater detail in other stages of the programme.

This degree is internationally accredited by the Instiitute of Food Technologists (IFT). 

Dairy Business - DN252

This degree is designed to equip future leaders of the dairy industry with the scientific, technical and business skills needed to cope with the business and enterprise expansion.

Business, science and mathematics modules are taken alongside technology-related cocurses.  The degree combines lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Students also engage in practical hands-on work throughout their studies in dairy farms and with Teagasc Moorepark, where students gain experience in a variety of fields including grassland management, and nutrition, dairy systems, applied breeeing and fertility, herd health, and complete a Dairy business project.



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