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MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology

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

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Only course specialising in Agricultural Biotechnology in Ireland
  • Delivered by experienced researchers and industry professionals at the cutting edge of Agricultural Biotechnology research and development.
  • Hands-on experience and A.I. technician course included.

Course Summary

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology is a unique offering from DkIT and was developed in partnership with Teagasc, Alltech and Monaghan Biosciences in response to a changing agricultural climate and to meet the demands of the growing agri-food sector in Ireland.

Successful MSc graduates will have 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 MSc course is available in full-time mode (2 days per week) or part-time mode (1 day per week over 2 years), followed by the research project.

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

The course involves a blend of classroom and practical hands-on activities. Learning and teaching methods will include lectures, tutorials, master classes, group discussions, laboratory practicals, industrial and farm visits, computational analysis and both individual and group project work.

There are many employment prospects for graduates of these programmes, with past graduates obtaining employment in a variety of sectors. Possible positions of employment include:

  • Research positions within Teagasc, Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or 3rd level institutions;
  • Auditors or inspectors in the Agri-Food sector;
  • Quality Management / Quality Assurance roles in the Agri-Food industry;
  • Scientists/laboratory analysts;
  • Food product development scientists.

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

Graduates of this Programme will be able to progress to level 10 research programmes, both in DkIT and other organisations.

Within the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies in DkIT, graduates may avail of Level 9 and 10 research opportunities in the areas of organic waste management and bioenergy. 

  • 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.
  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements but have relevant work experience may be assessed for entry in line with the DkIT RPL Policy and Procedures.
  • International students must have a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Candidates may be interviewed.

This course is best suited to the following types of graduates:

  • Graduates who are currently working in the Agriculture, Environmental and Food Science areas who wish to progress to management level.
  • Graduates who want to be equipped with both the science and agricultural knowledge and skills to succeed in the emerging technology-driven Ag Biotech industry.
  • Graduates who are interested in integrating the most up to date advances in food production, farming and biotechnologies in a sustainable and low-carbon manner.
  • Graduates that are interested in learning about how biotechnology can offer sustainable solutions to many of the problems currently facing agriculture.

Dr Breda Brennan (Head of Department, Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353-0429370206

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

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

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 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