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Agriculture, Food & Nutrition


Feeding and caring for a growing population, energy provision and the protection of the environment are among the greatest global challenges facing society today. These are areas where UCD Agriculture, Food & Nutrition graduates play a central role. If you are passionate about land, the animals living on it and the food produced from it, you will thrive in any of our degrees.

From forestry to farm (and other forms of land management, including the conservation and protection of the wider environment), from the animal feed industry to horse breeding, from crop production and dairy business to garden design, UCD's Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgrSc) degree provides you with the foundation for a career anywhere in the world.

Food production is one of Ireland's key industries and it depends greatly on the quality of its primary resources and production systems. Gaining a degree in one of its underlying sciences will present a wealth of career possibilities, including production, processing, food safety, product development, and sales and marketing.

Nutrition, the interaction between food and health, is becoming increasingly important in today's society. Our BSc in Human Nutrition degree will enable you to graduate as a nutritionist, equipped with the skills and knowledge to promote an understanding of the effects of diet and lifestyle on people's health and well-being.
The following courses are available in this area:

Agricultural Science - OmnibusUAS1 Agri-Environmental SciencesESS1 Animal & Crop ProductionUAS1 Animal ScienceUAS1 Animal Science - EquineEQS1 Dairy BusinessDBS1 Engineering TechnologyUAS1 Food & Agribusiness ManagementUAS1 Food ScienceFSS2 ForestryFOS1 Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf ManagementHLS1 Human NutritionHMS1 All our degrees have a similar first year, designed to give you a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics , which are needed for the rest of our studies. Science modules are taught on the basis that you have not studied the subject before.

In subsequent years you specialise in one of the programme areas listed.

Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and laboratory-based practicals, as well as undertaking independent study. A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-semester written examinations is used. Certain modules also require project work.
In your first year, we provide a range of supports to ensure your transition to university life is as smooth as possible. A comprehensive induction and orientation programme, Peer Mentoring, dedicated Student Advisers, committed programme co-ordinators and programme office staff underpin our reputation for being the most friendly and close-knit community in UCD. Supports and initiatives such as the Mathematics Support Centre tutorials, laboratories and continuous assessment are designed to assist you along the way.

Each of our 12 Entry Routes has a similar first year, designed to give you a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics needed for the rest of your studies. You will also have an opportunity to take an introductory module(s) from any of our courses in first year, providing you with an insight into the subsequent stages of each degree available within UCD Agriculture, Food & Nutrition. This is particularly beneficial for Agricultural Science students, who choose their preferred degree at the end of first year.
Among our accomplished alumni of UCD Agricultural are:

  • Prof Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Matt Dempsey, Editor of Irish Farmers Journal
  • MairĂ©ad McGuinness, MEP
  • John Moloney, Managing Director of Glanbia Group