If you’re interested in Agricultural Science but are not yet certain of which area to specialise in, you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on your CAO form. Then, during your first year at UCD, you can choose your area of specialisation. If you receive an offer on the Agricultural Science programme, you’ll be guaranteed a place in any of the six specialisations from second year. If, on the other hand, you know which of the following areas you’d like to specialise in, you can select one of these areas on your CAO application.The CAO codes for the degree specialisations offered are:
- DN250 Agricultural Systems Technology
- DN250 Animal & Crop Production
- DN250 Animal Science
- DN250 Animal Science – Equine
- DN250 Food & Agribusiness Management
- DN250 Food Business with Chinese Studies
Students interested in progressing to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree must undertake one Chinese language module in semester one and transfer to the Food Business with Chinese Studies degree option by the end of semester one.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
BAgrSc graduates have an excellent record in obtaining challenging and fulfilling roles. Careers in sectors such as food, agriculture, business and services include: Enterprise management; Technical service and consultancy; Research; Education; Marketing & communications; Primary production of quality food and fibre products.
You can also pursue a wide range of graduate studies by research or examination (Master’s and PhD) in areas such as: Environmental resource management; Humanitarian action; Rural development; Business Information technology; Education.
Higher and graduate diplomas are also available.