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BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

Course Duration 4 years
Awarding Body Waterford IT
Course Code WD191
Location Kildalton/Waterford IT
Application CAO
Maintenance Grant Application through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Places are offered through the CAO. In 2017 the points required were 389 and in 2016 the points required were 400. 

Course Aims

The purpose of the course is to prepare students for a career in the areas of agricultural science and agri-business. The graduate of this programme will have a strong background in the areas of science, food, agriculture, the environment, business and quality assurance. Self-management, team working, business awareness, problem solving, land management and communication are all areas which will be strongly incorporated into the main core of this level 8 programme. 


Modules will be delivered in Waterford Institute of Technology and Teagasc Kildalton College

Course Structure and Content

The course is semesterised and modularised:

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory Biology
Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Physics
Introductory Mathematics
Intro to ICT for Scientists
Good Lab Practice & Core Skills
Physical & Organic Chemistry
Cell Biology & Biochemistry
Physics for Scientists
Mathematics for Scientists
Animal Biology
Plant Biology

Year 2
Semester 1Semester 2
Microbiology 1
K Mechanisation & Safety
Statistics for Scientists
K Soils Management
Environmental Science
Food Analysis
Animal Nutrition
Applied Maths for Scientists
Food Process Technology
K Grassland & Dairy Production
K Tillage Crop Production
K Beef and Sheep Production
Year 3

Semester 1Semester 2
Food Management Systems
Agriculture & the Environment
Food Ingredients
Business Management
K Crop Technology
K Animal Technology
Agricultural Science Farm Placement
Agricultural Science Industrial Placement
Year 4

Semester 1Semester 2
Research Methodology & Literature
Agricultural ICT
Animal Health, Welfare & Behaviour
Applied Farm Management
K Crop Technology
Marketing for Small Business
Land Science Student Research Project
Food Traceability & Bio-analysis
Soils Nutrient Management
Choose one of the following:
* Integrated Pest Management
* Rural Entrepreneurship
* Managing People

K = Module is taken in Teagasc Kildalton College * = elective module
This course fulfills the requirements for stamp duty exemption and DAFM schemes.