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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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TL844
Agricultural Engineering

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

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This course focuses on the need to provide people with a good knowledge of agricultural engineering and at the same time have expertise in management and related skills in marketing and finance.  
A twelve-week work placement is a central feature of both programmes. As a third-year student, you participate in a structured period of work experience in a relevant professional setting. 

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Agricultural engineers take up a wide variety of employment opportunities in the agricultural engineering industry, especially in the manufacture, maintenance and modification of agricultural equipment. You will also find work in sales, service, in the installation and demonstration of agricultural equipment, and in the importation and distribution of this equipment.

Graduates work with agricultural machinery manufacturers, agents and sales companies and with farm contracting companies, while some also become self employed. Our graduates also work in waste management, pollution management and control, agricultural engineering consultancy and in recycling.



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