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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture

Course Duration 4 years
Awarding Body DkIT
Course Code DK882
Progression Research postgraduate positions in DKIT or other Institutions
Location Ballyhaise Agricultural College and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)
Application CAO
Maintenance Grant Apply through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements

Entrants must have a pass or higher in at least six Leaving Certificate subjects (including Maths and Irish or English) including a grade C3 or higher in two Higher Level subjects and at least 300 points. Entrants from Northern Ireland must have at least two academic A levels at grade C or higher and four other subjects at GCSE, AS or Applied A Levels, to include Mathematics and English (or Irish). BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science are also accepted.

Course Aim

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with knowledge, skills and competencies to respond effectively to current and future developments in Agriculture and the Agri-Food Industry. The programme will provide graduates with a strong foundation in science, business and agriculture and will specifically develop skills and knowledge in the
areas of animal and crop production, animal husbandry and biosecurity, health and safety, agricultural mechanisation, financial and business management, entrepreneurship and innovation, environmental protection and the production and processing of safe, qualityassured food. Graduates will have knowledge and appreciation of national and international policy and legislation and will have excellent communication skills, research competence and the ability to respond to the challenges of larger scale, market-led production, alternative rural enterprise and environmental sustainability.


The programme is based in Ballyhaise Agricultural College (3 days per week in first year) and Dundalk Institute of Technology (2 days per week in first year).

Course Structure and Content

Year 1Semester 1Semester 2
Biological and Chemical Sciences
Animal and Crop Production Science
Mathematics and Computing
Farm Business Management 1
Agricultural Mechanisation
Academic and Research Skills
Biological and Chemical Sciences
Animal and Crop Production Science
Farm Facilities and Machinery
Farm Business Management 2
Year 2Semester 1Semester 2
Farm Business Management 3
Biochemistry and Animal Nutrition
Quality Assurance
Dairy, Sheep, Pigs and Poultry Production
Cattle Production
Farm Business Management 4
Crop Production (incl Forestry and Mushrooms)
Regulatory and Legal Issues
Health and Safety
Work Placement (8 -12 Weeks)
Year 3Semester 1Semester 2
Financial Management Systems
Marketing for the Agri-Business Sector
Quality Management in the Food Industry
Soil Science and Land Management
Food Processing, Analysis and Production Management
Research Methods
Quality Management on the Farm
Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Business Management Systems
Agricultural Production and Management Systems
Agriculture in the Environment
Internship - 3 months (placements available in New
Zealand, US, or Europe)
Year 4Semester 1Semester 2
Agricultural Policy and Professional Practice
Value-added Agri-Food Products
Herd Health and Biosecurity
Pollution Control in the Agri-Food Sector
Agri-Science Project
Agri-Food Business Excellence
Sustainable Rural Development
Large-Scale Farm Management
Elective: Agricultural Biotechnology OR
Food Biotechnology
Agri-Science Project

Progression and Career Options

Graduates can progress to the MSc in Biotechnology in DkIT or to research postgraduate positions in DkIT or other Institutions.

Career Options:

  • Commercial farmer or farm manager
  • Researcher
  • Agricultural advisor with consultancy or state body, eg Teagasc
  • Technical sales role
  • Analytical or research scientist in the waste management sector
  • Quality manager or production supervisor in the food industry
  • Rural entrepreneur

Further Information

Dr Breda Brennan, Head of Department of Applied Science, DkIT
Tel: 042 9370265 Ext 2976 Email: breda.brennan@dkit.ie