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Certificate in Animal Biotechnology

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date
September 2024

Course Summary

This one-year part-time course aims to up-skill existing science graduates and provide them with knowledge of the use and potential of biotechnology in agriculture, specifically in the area of animal production.

Important notice about this course


Bridging/induction: takes place in early September, dates to be confirmed. All must attend.

Graduates of the Certificate in Animal Biotechnology will gain an understanding of areas such as animal genetics, selective breeding and lineage traceability, and how molecular biology can be applied in the in the construction of genetically modified organisms within the animal setting.

Modules taught are:

This programme is co-delivered with our MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology.

It is year long with one module each semester. As the modules are blocked, attendance on a half day per week, on either Thursday or Friday, is required in addition to being available for some occasional practical or field classes on other days.

Start dates for 2023/24 for MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology (and co-delivered minor awards Cert in Animal Biotechnology and Cert in Food and Feed Biotechnology) are as follows:

  • Bridging/induction: 13th, 14th and 15th September, NE231, 10.00 a.m. All must attend.
  • Start date for programme: Thursday 21st September, NE231, 9.30 a.m.

This timetable is subject to change.

Graduates are generally equipped to seek mid to senior-level positions in the private sector and government where expertise in animal science and biotechnology is leveraged in an interdisciplinary team environment.

Some career options include:

  • Research specialist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Scientist

The course fee is €1275. The fee is payable as follows:

  • Payment 1: Accept Offer Fee = €150 (Non-refundable)
  • Payment 2 of €487 is payable by 31st October
  • Payment 3 of €638 is payable by 28th February
  • Minimum of second class honours degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Science, Biotechnology, Food Science or related discipline.
  • Applicants with relevant experience who do not meet the academic entry requirements may also apply.
  • International students must have a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

This course will be of interest to those working in the Agriculture, Environmental and Food Science areas who wish to progress to management level.

Dr Siobhan Jordan (Acting Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 429370200

Dr. Caroline Gilleran Stephens (Programme Director)
Phone: +353-0429370200

Course ID DK_SANBI_9
Course Type Postgraduate, Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 1 Year
Fees €1275
Starting Date September 2024
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Credits 15
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method On Campus

How To Apply

Closing date for applications is Friday 16th August

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).