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

Course Points
327
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
30 Places

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • This is a collaborative programme delivered jointly with Teagasc, Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Cavan and leads to a DkIT award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Very practical in nature, providing opportunities for students to develop their animal and crop husbandry skills, laboratory-based skills and a range of student-centred field trips and site visits.
  • On completion of this course, students also meet the requirements of a qualified farmer for the purposes of all Revenue and Department of Agriculture (DAFM) schemes, traditionally known as a ‘Green Cert’ qualification.

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. This is a common entry B.Sc. (Hons) in Agriculture programme, with students specialising in third year to graduate with either a BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture or Agri-Food Production.

This is a common entry B.Sc. (Hons) in Agriculture programme and this programme will have two award options;

  1. BSc (Hons) Sustainable Agriculture
  2. BSc (Hons) Agri-Food Production

The first two stages of these programmes are common, and students will commence their specialisation in either Sustainable Agriculture or Agri-Food Production in year three of the programme.

Course Structure

1st and 2nd Year;

Stage 1 and Stage 2 students are based in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Cavan from Mondays to Wednesdays and in DkIT on a Thursday and Friday. A bus is provided for students for both these stages from Ballyhaise, Teagasc, Agricultural College to DkIT.

3rd Year;

Stage 3 students are based in DkIT on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays and in Teagasc, Ballyhaise Agricultural College for on Thursday and Friday.

4th Year;

For stage 4 students on the BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture are based in DkIT from Monday to Thursday and in Teagasc, Ballyhaise Agricultural College on Fridays. For stage 4 students on the BSc (Hons) in Agri-Food Production, students will be based solely in DkIT.


BSc (Hons) Sustainable Agriculture:

The aim of this programme is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of modern agricultural science with a strong foundation in food production and processing, quality assurance and safety, business and financial management and environmental science, 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. Students will learn how this knowledge can be integrated into practice through extensive work-placement and internship opportunities in current agricultural production and food processing positions/plants. 

BSc (Hons) Agri-Food Production:

This programme provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the principles of agri-food production, with a strong foundation in business and financial management, environmental science, food production and processing, agricultural mechanisation, quality assurance and health & safety. Students will learn how this knowledge can be integrated into practice through extensive work-placement and internship opportunities in current agricultural production and food processing positions/plants.

The programme will provide graduates with skills and knowledge in the areas of food analysis, packaging, processing, agri-food biotechnology, environmental sustainability, food chain integrity and lean manufacturing. Graduates will have knowledge and appreciation of the agri-food product development process and will have excellent communication skills and research competence.

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:

  • Animal and Crop Science (Year Long)
  • Agricultural Mechanisation and Precision Farming
  • Economics and Farm Records
  • Physics through PBL and Maths
  • Biological and Chemical Sciences

YEAR 1 - Semester 2:

  • Farm Facilities and Machinery
  • Farm Management and Accounting
  • Microbiological and Environmental Sciences
  • ICT Applications and Research Skills

YEAR 2 – Semester 1:

  • Biochemistry and Animal Nutrition
  • Quality Assurance
  • Grassland and Crop Production (Year Long)
  • Statistical Methods for Agriculture
  • Farm Business Planning, Analysis and Legal Issues (Year Long)
  • Dairy Production

YEAR 2 - Semester 2:

  • Food Science
  • Health and Safety and Farm Placement
  • Beef and Sheep Production

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE STREAM

YEAR 3 - Semester 1:

  • Soil Science
  • Financial Management Systems
  • Research Methods and GIS
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Teamworking (Year Long)
  • Processing & Farm Quality Management (Year Long)
  • Food Processing, Analysis & Production Management

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:

  • Pigs and Poultry Production
  • Agriculture in the Environment
  • Agricultural Production & Management Systems
  • Internship (* work placements available in New Zealand, US, or Europe)

YEAR 4 - Semester 1:

  • Environmental Management in the Agri-Food Sector
  • Agricultural Policy and Professional Practice
  • Agri-Science Project (Year Long)
  • Herd Health and Biosecurity
  • Value Added Agri-Food Product

YEAR 4 - Semester 2:

  • Sustainable Farm Production Systems
  • Sustainable Rural Development
  • Genetics & Genomics in Agriculture
  • Lean: Principles & Methodologies
 

AGRI-FOOD PRODUCTION STREAM

YEAR 3 - Semester 1:

  • Soil Science
  • Financial Management Systems
  • Research Methods and GIS
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Teamworking (Year Long)
  • Processing & Farm Quality Management (Year Long)
  • Food Processing, Analysis & Production Management

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:

  • Pigs and Poultry Production
  • Agricultural Production & Management Systems
  • Process Engineering and Technology
  • Agri-Food Internship (* work placements available in New Zealand, US, or Europe)

YEAR 4 - Semester 1:

  • Food Analysis
  • Environmental Management in the Agri-Food Sector
  • Applied Food Processing
  • Agri-Food Production Project (Year Long)
  • Agri-Food Product Innovation

YEAR 4 - Semester 2:

  • Lean: Principles & Methodologies
  • Food Chain Integrity and Logistics
  • Agri-Food Biotechnology
  • Food Packaging and Preservation
 

These programmes will be delivered by a range of interactive practical laboratory classes, field trips, site visits and interactive tutorials and lectures.

Practical classes related to animal and crop husbandry will be carried out in Teagasc, Ballyhaise Agricultural College. 

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

  • Postgraduate Research positions;
  • Agricultural Advisor with consultancy or state body;
  • A commercial farmer or Farm Manager;
  • Technical Sales Role;
  • Analytical or Research Scientist in the Agri-Environmental Management Sector;
  • Quality Manager or Production Supervisor in the Food
  • Industry Rural Entrepreneur
  • Manufacturing - Food or Beverages;
  • Auditors or inspectors in the Agri-Food sector;
  • Rural entrepreneurs (e.g. artisan food products, etc.);
  • Production Supervisors and analysts in the Food Processing Sector;
  • Quality Management / Quality Assurance roles in the Agri-Food industry;
  • Food product development scientists.

Learners who have completed 1, 2 or 3 years of a cognate (Agriculture/equivalent) programme may be considered for advanced entry to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of this programme, subject to availability of places.

Learners who have completed a QQI FET Advanced Level 6 programme in Agriculture may be considered for entry to the 2nd year of this programme, subject to the availability of places. Candidates will be required to attend for interview.

Graduates can progress to the M.Sc. in Agricultural 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.  

There are two work placements in Stages 2 and 3 of both programmes. The work placements offer students excellent opportunities to apply their learning to real-world settings and develop both subject-specific and general employability skills. 

Stage 2 placement is usually on a Host Farm and is of 8-week duration. Stage 3 placement can be in an agri-food industry or large farming enterprise. This placement is 12 weeks in duration and can be completed abroad.

This course is suitable for students interested in the area of agriculture and agri-food. These programmes give you a broad knowledge of the science and business of agricultural and agri-food enterprises and is suitable for students who enjoy a mixture of outdoor and indoor classroom settings.  

Dr Siobhán Jordan (Programme Director, Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353-0429370200
Email: siobhan.jordan@dkit.ie

Dr Breda Brennan (Head of Department, Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353-0429370206
Email: breda.brennan@dkit.ie

Course ID DK882
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 327
Places 30
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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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
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