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Certificate in Animal Biotechnology

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date
September 2020

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.

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:

Learners will be required to attend DkIT one half-day per week in addition to being available for some occasional practical or field classes on other days.

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
  • 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. Breda Brennan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353 429370200

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
Level 9
Duration 1 Year
Credits 15
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €1275
Starting Date September 2020
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How to Apply

You should apply using the DkIT Postgraduate Application (see the download button below). Potential students may be interviewed. The final closing date for applications is Friday 14th August 2020 or until places are full.

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International Student Applications

International students must apply through get International Office, details on how to apply can be found at