The Faculty of Agriculture at University College Dublin is at the forefront of scientific progress in the areas of environment, food, rural development and agriculture. The Faculty provides courses in the subject areas of agri-food industries bio-resource industriesrural communities managed and natural land-based ecosystems
A variety of undergraduate and postgraduate course options are offered, each giving students a unique combination of specialist scientific knowledge and practical, adaptable skills.
BAgrSc graduates are among the most respected degree-holders in the graduate employment marketplace. Typically, 60% of graduates are in employment within 3 months of graduation, while 35% go on to further study. One of the largest employers of BAgrSc graduates recently commented, “BAgrSc graduates are among the best well-rounded group of science graduates with whom I have had the privilege to work. In a word – professionals”. Dr Liam Downey, Director of Teagasc Postgraduate study has always been an important element in that effort – about 30% of the students at the Faculty are pursuing postgraduate qualifications. A range of diverse, interesting and challenging courses are now available for holders of a primary degree in Science or other subjects of relevance to Agriculture. From Environmental Resource Management to Humanitarian Assistance to Food Safety – there is something to interest everyone in the Faculty.
The educational experience of the student in the Faculty of Agriculture will include a mixture of lectures, practical classes and self-directed project work. Students are also regularly taken off-campus to see real life aspects of their courses in rural and urban environments. Trips include site visits to food production and processing facilities, state and semi-state centres, and agri-business enterprises.
Excellent learning support facilities are available to students. A new Food Science building has been opened which is equipped with purpose built laboratories and state of the art sensory analysis equipment. Horticulture students are provided with glasshouse and field research facilities on campus as well as a landscape design studio. A new PGA golf green for teaching and research is under construction. The Faculty has a 250 hectare research farm – Lyons Research Farm – to support its animal and crop production programmes.Sports Centre The sports facilities at UCD include seventeen first-class pitches, four floodlit training areas, eleven tennis courts, an athletics track and a large indoor sports centre with squash courts, sports halls and a state-of-the-art fitness suite. Facilities also include two all-weather pitches, one of which is the National Hockey Stadium. The choice of sport is extensive with fifty clubs offering a full range of activities at all levels of proficiency.Student Societies An exciting feature of life at UCD is the range of student societies which enable overseas students and Irish students to become actively involved in College life and to develop their varying interests and aptitudes. Some 110 student societies cater for every interest. The most prestigious of the societies is probably the Literary and Historical Society, the L and H, which was founded in the 1850’s and which holds weekly debates. The Dramatic Society – DRAMSOC – is also very well known and has been the training ground for many professional actors on the Irish stage. In addition, students of Agriculture have the AGSOC, which organises social events, seminars and educational trips throughout the year.Courses:
Certificate: Food Safety & Handling Humanitarian AssistanceBachelor of Agricultural Science: Animal and Crop Production Animal Science Agribusiness and Rural Development Agricultural and Environmental Science Food Science Engineering Technology Horticultural Science Landscape Horticulture