BSc (Hons) in Agriculture / BSc (Hons) in Agri-Food Production

Course Points
327
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
30 Places
Course Start Date
September 2018

Course Summary

The aim of this four-year Honours Degree course is to produce graduates with knowledge, skills and competencies to respond effectively to current and future developments in Agriculture and the Agri-Food Industry.

Important notice about this course

This is a collaborative programme delivered jointly with Teagasc at Ballyhaise Agricultural College. See more information in the course description below.

The course will provide graduates with a strong foundation in science, business agriculture and food and will specifically develop skills and knowledge in the areas of animal and crop production, animal husbandry and biosecurity, health and safety, agricultural mechanisation, financial and business management, entrepreneurship and innovation, environmental protection and the production and processing of safe, quality-assured food.

Graduates will have knowledge and appreciation of national and international policy and legislation and will have excellent communication skills, research competence and the ability to respond to the challenges of larger scale, market-led production, alternative rural enterprise and environmental sustainability.

This is a collaborative programme delivered jointly with Teagasc at Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Cavan and leads to a DkIT award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 students are based in Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Cavan Monday to Wednesday and in DkIT on a Thursday and Friday. A bus is organised by DkIT from Ballyhaise Agricultural College to DkIT and back each Thursday and Friday.
  • Stage 3 students are based in Ballyhaise Agricultural College for 2 days and 3 days in DkIT.
  • Stage 4 students are based in Ballyhaise Agricultural College for 1 day and 4 days in DkIT.

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:
(Mandatory)

YEAR 1 - Semester 2:
(Mandatory)

YEAR 2 - Semester 1:
(Mandatory)

YEAR 2 - Semester 2:
(Mandatory)

AGRICULTURE STREAM

YEAR 3 - Semester 1:
(Mandatory)

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:
(Mandatory)

(* work placements available in New Zealand, US, or Europe)


YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
(Mandatory)

YEAR 4 - Semester 2:
(Mandatory)

* Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetics

Agriculture / Agr-Food Production

YEAR 3 - Semester 1

(Mandatory)

YEAR 3 - Semester 2

(Mandatory)

YEAR 4 - Semester 1

(Mandatory)

YEAR 4 - Semester 2

(Mandatory)

Graduates of this course will have career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Commercial farmer or Farm Manager
  • Researcher
  • Agricultural Advisor with consultancy or state body, e.g. Teagasc
  • Technical Sales Role
  • Analytical or Research Scientist in the Waste Management Sector
  • Quality Manager or Production Supervisor in the Food Industry
  • Rural Entrepreneur

Graduates can progress to the M.Sc. in Biotechnology in DkIT or to postgraduate research positions in DkIT or other Institutions.

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:

  • At least two H5 Grades
  • AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
  • PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include: 

  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • Two subjects at either:
        • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
  • The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
        • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
        • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
        • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
  • And a minimum score of 300 points

International Students:

  • International students must have a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 A Leaving Certificate or A-level science subject is not required but is recommended.

Mature Students:

  • For information relating to Mature Applicants please click here.  

Gerard Corkery (Lecturer, Department of Applied Sciences)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2840
Email: Gerard.Corkery@dkit.ie

Mr Eamon Mullen (Programme Director)
Phone: t 042 9370200 Ext 2940
Email: e eamon.mullen@dkit.ie

Course ID DK882
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 327
Places 30
School School of Health & Science
Department Applied Sciences
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2018
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK882.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.