BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Agricultural Science

Full Time
2020 CAO range:
        377 - 567
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is Agricultural Science?

Agricultural Science is the application of science and other disciplines (e.g. business) to the production of quality food. It encompasses a wide range of services provided to farmers and other food producers to ensure quality standards and profitable production systems.

What is the BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science course?

The purpose of the course is to prepare students for a career in the areas of agricultural science and agri-business. Graduates will have a strong background in the areas of science, food, agriculture, the environment, business and quality assurance. Self-management, team working, business awareness, problem solving, land management and communication are all areas which will be strongly incorporated into the main core of this level 8 programme.

Stamp duty exemption

This course fulfils the requirements for stamp duty exemption for land transfer for young farmers (Green Cert.)

BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science placement

In the second semester of year 3, students can choose between a farm placement or an industrial placement.

  • The Farm placement is designed to give the student experience of practical farming on a high quality farm. The placement aims to allow learners to apply and develop their knowledge and skills. The farm placement is organised by Teagasc and the student will be placed on a mixed farm enterprise in order to gain a broad experience of farming. The student will be monitored by the host farmer, by Teagasc staff and the student will keep a reflective work log. Students are also encouraged to seek placements overseas e.g. New Zealand, UK. The completion of a work log will develop the student’s ability to engage in reflective learning.

  • The Industrial Placement will allow learners to apply and develop their skills in the agri-food industry.  Students will be placed for work experience for a minimum of 15 weeks during semester 2 of year 3. The industrial placement will be organised by WIT and monitored by the employer, WIT staff with the student keeping a reflective work log. The placement is designed to meet the needs of industry whilst providing the student with a broader skills-base.  It is envisaged that the practical element of employment will complement the course content and help develop skills that are essential in today’s work environment. The industrial placement will be organised by WIT staff and monitored by the employer and WIT staff with the student keeping a reflective work log. The completion of a reflective work log will develop the student’s ability to engage in reflective learning.

Kildalton College

Students on this course take nine modules at Kildalton College of Agriculture. Transport is provided to Kildalton. For more information see

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In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory BiologyPhysical & Organic Chemistry
Introductory ChemistryCell Biology & Biochemistry
Introductory PhysicsPhysics for Scientists
Introductory MathematicsMathematics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsAnimal Biology
Good Lab. Practice and Core SkillsPlant Biology
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Microbiology 1Food Microbiology
Mechanisation and Safety (K)Mathematics for Agri-Scientists
Statistics for ScientistsFood Process Technology
Soils Management (K)Grassland and Dairy Production (K)
Environmental ScienceTillage Crop Production (K)
Food AnalysisBeef and Sheep Production (K)
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Food Management SystemsAgricultural Science Farm Placement
Agriculture and the EnvironmentOR
Food FormulationAgricultural Science Industrial Placement
Farm Business
Crop Technology (K)
Animal Technology (K)
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Land Science Research MethodsLand Science Research Project
Animal Health, Welfare and Behaviour Soils Nutrient Management
Applied Farm Management Food Traceability & Bio-analysis
Crop Management (K)Rural Entrepreneurship
Agricultural ICTChoose one of the following:
Marketing for Small Business* Integrated Pest Management
*Sustainable Water Management Systems
(K) denotes module is taken in Kildalton College of Agriculture

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science 

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science:

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science graduates 

Graduates from BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science can expect to find employment in the following areas:

  • Senior technical positions in Quality Control in agri-food industries

  • Sales & Marketing Departments of agri-businesses

  • Technical personnel in organisations offering environmental and other services to farmers

  • Start-up Agricultural-based businesses

  • With further qualifications, graduates are qualified to teach agricultural science, work in farm advisory services and follow postgraduate studies

  • The course fulfils the requirements for stamp duty exemption or land transfer for young farmers (Green Cert.)

Follow on Study for BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science graduates

Graduates may proceed to postgraduate study, either research or taught, at WIT or other third-level colleges.

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