Agricultural Science (Hons) Agricultural Systems Technology, Bachelor

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    23800 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    7574 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
The Agricultural Systems Technology (Hons) programme from University College Dublin is based on a core of scientific modules including Principles of Engineering, Crop/Animal Husbandry and Food Physics.

About

This course is aimed at students who wish to build their knowledge and skills-base to address the complexities of developing, deploying and managing technology for the agriculture and food sector. With a focus on design, numeracy and technology, our students will be committed and engaged with food production and processing, and specifically with technology to enhance efficiency, sustainability and reliability. Technologies of interest range from computer systems, networks, data management and sensors through machinery systems to precision agriculture.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates will find rewarding and challenging employment in agri-food industries, including:

  • Green energy
  • Environmental protection
  • Food processing
  • Consulting
  • Equipment manufacturing

Typical roles include technical engineers and managers in:

  • Production
  • Energy utilisation
  • Food processing
  • Environmental protection
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Process/product design

There are also excellent graduate study opportunities.

International Study Opportunities

There are opportunities to study abroad for one semester in third year. Possibilities include:

  • University of California, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Michigan State University, USA
  • Kansas State University, USA
  • Purdue University, USA

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The degree is based on a core of scientific modules including Principles of Engineering, Crop/Animal Husbandry and Food Physics. Progressive specialisation introduces an exciting range of subjects.

Modules include:

First Year

  • Biosystems Engineering Design Challenge
  • Agricultural Economics & Business
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Second Year

  • Agricultural Engineering Principles
  • Food Physics
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Biosystems Engineering Research Trends

Third Year

  • Financial Planning & Control
  • Experimental Project
  • Power & Machinery Systems I
  • Waste Management
  • Biofuels & Bioenergy Resources
  • Quantitative risk assessment for human and animal health

Fourth Year

  • Food Process Technology
  • Food Chain Integrity
  • Power & Machinery Systems II
  • Capstone Design Project
  • Life Cycle Assessment

Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and laboratory-based practicals, and undertake independent study.

A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-semester written examinations is used. Certain modules also require project work.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A):

    200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Depending on your country of origin there are a number of ways that you can obtain a place on UCD undergraduate degree programmes.

To find out more about which application requirements apply in your case, select the description that best matches you: https://myucd.ucd.ie/admission/apply.ezc

Leaving Certificate: Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject & two other recognised subjects. You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects

When submitting an application to the CAO it must be accompanied by the following documentation (or followed by the documentation if applying on-line):

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results.
  • A certified English translation of qualifications not issued originally in English, in addition to the certified copies of the documents themselves.
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language if not through school-leaving qualifications.

In the absence of these documents and translations the application will not be processed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23800 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7574 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7574 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1,100 - 1,800 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.