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BSc in Agricultural Science

Duration 3 / 4 years
Code TL748,
Location Clonakilty

Awarding Body: IT Tralee
Course Codes: TL748, TL848 
Location: IT Tralee / Clonakilty 
Application: CAO
Maintenance Grant: Application through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Places offered through the CAO. Minimum requirements for Ordinary (Level 7) degree are (Grade D3 or better) in English or Gaeilge and mathematics and three other subjects.

Minimum requirements for direct entry onto Honours (Level 8) degree are Grade C or higher in two subjects at Honours level, plus a pass in four other subjects to include, at a minimum, English/Irish OD3 and Mathematics OD3.

Mature applicants should apply to the CAO. Each mature applicant is considered on an individual basis by the Institute, usually by an aptitude test or written assessment and/or interview. Holders of QQI awards at Level 5 or 6 may also apply through the CAO.

Course Aims

This course will provide students with a sound knowledge of the scientific disciplines underpinning agricultural science. This knowledge will be used to enhance the students understanding of current crop and animal production systems. In light of environmental and climate change concerns, there is a strong emphasis on sustainable production systems. Graduates work in food and farm business, state bodies, education and research, farm management, consultancy and marketing.


Modules will be delivered at the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Teagasc’s Clonakilty Agricultural College.

Course Structure and Content

The course is semesterised and modularised. There are two 12 weeks semesters in each of the 3/4 years of the course. Students will take courses in a variety of scientific areas, such as animal, crop, environmental and food sciences.

Students will also learn about agriculture economics and business. The programme incorporates a full semester of work placement in year 3 which will help build students skills, apply the knowledge learnt and could possibly lead to employment with one of the host organisations following graduation. On successful completion of the course students are awarded:

  • BSc in Agricultural Science (Ordinary) (Level 7) - three year programme
  • BSc in Agricultural Science (Honours) (Level 8) - four year programme

Students who may wish to leave the course after 2 years are eligible for an exit award.

  • Higher Certificate in Agricultural Science (Level 6)

All of the above awards meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty exemption and DAFM Schemes.


Students who have successfully completed the BSc degree in Agricultural Science (Level 7) from IT Tralee will be offered the opportunity to apply for direct entry into a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science. IT Tralee also has a transfer arrangement in place with UCD where students will be offered the opportunity to apply for entry to Year 3 of their B Agr Sc in Agricutural Science honours degree into either Food & Agribusiness or Animal & Crop Production.