MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology

Course Points
90
Course Duration
1-2 Years (Full time or Part-time)
Course Level
Level 9

Course Summary

Successful MSc graduates will have a deep knowledge, understanding and experience of the use and potential of biotechnology in agriculture, including animal genetics, nutrition and health, crop and feed production, sustainable food and energy production, genetic engineering and bioremediation.

The aim of the MSc course is to produce graduates with a deep knowledge, understanding and experience of the use and potential of biotechnology in agriculture, including:

  • animal genetics
  • nutrition and health
  • crop and feed production
  • genetic engineering
  • sustainable food and energy production
  • bioinformatics and bioremediation

Graduates will be familiar with all aspects of policy and legislation in relation to this field and will be able to appraise the ethical, social, biosafety and policy implications of existing and emerging technologies. They will be competent in all the relevant data acquisition and numeric methods and have advanced research and communication skills.

The Masters course consists of 8 taught modules and a research project. The Postgraduate Diploma is comprised of the 8 taught modules only.
Modules include:

  • Animal Biotechnology
  • Animal Genetics
  • Crop Biotechnology
  • Bioremediaton and Bioenergy
  • Biotechnology in Feed and Animal Feeding
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Management and Statistics
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Project (M.Sc. only)

The MSc course is available on a full-time basis (2 days per week over one year) or on a part-time basis (1 day per week over 2 years).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology is also available in full- time mode (2 days per week over one year) or part-time mode (1 day per week over 2 years).

Graduates will find employment in production, advisory/regulatory, research and development roles in the Agriculture, Food and Environmental sectors.

Graduates may progress to research PhD programmes either in DkIT or other institutions.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology €5,100 – payable in two stages
  • MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology €7, 650 – payable in two stages.

Entrants should have a minimum of a 2nd class honours degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Food Science or a related area.

Graduates 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.

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

Dr. Siobhán Jordan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health, School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: siobhan.jordan@dkit.ie

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

Dr. Edel Healy (Head of School of Health & Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370262
Email: edel.healy@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_SAGR1_9
Level 9
Duration 1-2 Years (Full time or Part-time)
Credits 90
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €7650 / €5100
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How to Apply

You should apply using the DkIT Postgraduate Application (see download button below).

Please include an up-to-date CV with your application form and send completed applications to: 

Admissions Officer, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth 

Download Application Form

Potential students may be interviewed.

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