Agricultural Science (Hons) Forestry, Bachelor

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition Fee
    23800 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    7574 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
Forestry is the science, art and profession of managing forests. Foresters manage forests to provide a variety of outputs including timber, recreation, conservation and aesthetics. The protection and enhancement of biodiversity, soils and water quality are all highly relevant in the creation and management of forests.


Carbon sequestration, renewable energy resources, multifunctional forestry, wildlife management, bio-complexity, sustainable forest management, social and urban forestry, adaptation for and mitigation of climate change, and the conservation of genetic resources are all aspects of modern forest management. Foresters employ the latest technology in geographic information system (GIS) mapping and forest growth modelling to support good management and sustainable practice.Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Forestry graduates find employment in all areas of the sector including:

  • State and semi-state agencies
  • Forest management and consultancy
  • Wood processing
  • Environmental agencies, renewable energy, carbon accounting
  • Education and research

Other opportunities include information technology, land-use planning and financial services. Research to master’s and PhD levels is available.

Professional Work Experience & International Study Opportunities

Forestry students complete five months’ PWE and are encouraged to experience both Irish forestry and forestry in a foreign country.

In third year, a number of forestry students have studied for a semester in:

  • Michigan State University, USA
  • Purdue University, USA
  • University of California, UCD

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

A broad science-based first year is followed by forestry-focused topics in subsequent years. Fourth year is largely project-based and allows students to combine all of their accumulated skills and knowledge.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Trees & Forests in Ireland
  • Elective Modules

Second Year

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Ecology
  • Tree Structure & Function
  • Principles of Forestry
  • Professional Forestry Practice
  • Elective Modules

Third Year

  • Forest Management
  • Forest Establishment
  • Forest Protection
  • GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Wood Science
  • Elective Modules
  • Professional Work Experience

Fourth Year

  • GIS & Forest Inventory
  • Forest Management Plan
  • GIS & Experimental Design
  • Scientific Research Project
  • Elective Modules

Students spend approximately 40 hours a week attending lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials, and undertake independent study.

Assessment includes continuous assessment (e.g. class tests, essays) and end-of-semester written examinations. In your final year, assessments are largely based on the project reports.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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 C):


    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:


    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:


    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:

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.


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