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Agricultural Science - (Engineering Technology)

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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).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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The Agricultural Science programme is for students who are passionate about land, animals and plants and the food produced from it. If you are unsure which area of Agricultural Science to specialise in you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on application and specialise in second year in one of five areas.

 Animal and Crop Production
DN250ASC  Animal Science
DN250 EQS Animal Science - Equine
DN250 AST Agricultural Systems Technology
DN250 FAM Food and Agribusiness

The first year offers students a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics. Students do not need to have studied science before. Subjects studied include Animal Biology and Evolution, Cell and Plant Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course includes lectures, laboratory work and tutorials along with independent study.

DN250 AST In this degree students learn how to develop, deploy and manage technology for the agriculture and food sector. There are modules in basic science, agricultural sciences, engineering technologies and data science. The course has a focus on design, numeracy and technology.

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Students may also choose to study abroad in third year and locations include a number of colleges in the USA and Australia.

Graduates find employment in a variety of agri-food industries including: Production agriculture, Environmental protection, Food processing, Consulting, Equipment manufacturing.

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