Developing agriculture, food science and human nutrition leaders

University College Dublin (Ireland’s Global University) is Ireland’s largest university and is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide.

The School of Agriculture and Food Science is one of UCD’s largest Schools with over 1,800 students registered across twelve undergraduate programmes. Agriculture and Food is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing over 165,000 people. Our focus at the school is to develop the next generation of agriculture, food and human nutrition leaders.

The school is the NUMBER ONE destination of choice in Ireland for students who wish to study agriculture, food science and human nutrition and is ranked number one in Ireland, nineteenth globally and fifth in Europe for agricultural science (U.S. News & World Report rankings November 2019).

There are two distinct undergraduate degree pathways, a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgrSc) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc), which are both four-year, level 8 honours degrees.

The programmes offered at UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science are highly regarded nationally and internationally and are designed to equip students with the necessary scientific, technical and business skills required for future career opportunities. Through a global curriculum, students study a range of subjects central to many of the major global challenges of today including food production, food security, non-food land uses, environmental sustainability, rural development, nutrition, health, business and economics. Graduates have an excellent record in obtaining challenging and fulfilling employment in a variety of sectors.

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is a required component on all undergraduate programmes. Students have the opportunity to take their PWE either in Ireland or abroad with 29% of students travelling overseas in the last academic year. 

Rachel White, Sales and Marketing Manager (MENA), with Ornua and a graduate of Animal Science at UCD says “The benefit of having PWE built into our degree is priceless, it instantly makes you more employable and was key in many students, including myself, securing positions in leading agri-businesses after college.”

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at one of thirteen partner universities in the USA, Australia or New Zealand. 

“The highlight of my college career was the semester I spent at Cornell University. I couldn’t pass on an opportunity to study at a world-renowned Ivy League university in New York. “Joanne O’Keeffe, Graduate Animal and Crop Production.

Graduates from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science obtain a holistic education giving them the capacity to contribute significantly to the Irish and global agriculture and food industries.

You can find out more about the 12 distinct undergraduate programmes available at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science programme by visiting or by contacting the School via any of its social media channels @ucdagfood.

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