• » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture

    Incorporating Degree Award Options:
    BSc Honours in Agriculture in Animal and Crop Science
    BSc Honours in Agriculture in Environmental Management

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours)  in Agriculture
    CAO Code  LY828
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  4 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  32
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This programme provides you with a range of specialized skills ideal for employment in the agriculture and environmental sectors. The Honours Degree in Agriculture offers two degree award options; Animal & Crop Science or Environmental Management.  Students will have the opportunity to specialize in fourth year. There is an increasing demand for graduates with these skills sets. Graduates of the programme can expect to gain employment in a range of areas including farming, agri-foods, environmental management and agri-business.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Minimum Six O6/H7
    • Maths O6/H7
    • English or Irish O6/H7
    • At least two H5
    Special requirements
    Students will undertake a mandatory work placement of 12 weeks duration (which will be divided into two six week placements) in the second semester of year 2 of the programme.  This will give students operational experience of a working farm and related agricultural businesses which will in turn enhance their employability and future career prospects.  While the Institute will make every effort to assist the learner in finding a placement, final responsibility for securing the placement, resides with the learner. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the learner. Students can beplaced anywhere in Ireland.
    What will I study
    No of credits
     1/1  Introduction to Agriculture Mandatory  5
     Animal Husbandry, Nutrition & Welfare Mandatory  10
     Communications & IT Skills Mandatory  5
     Fundamentals of Biology & Chemistry Mandatory  5
     Mathematical Skills for Science 1 Mandatory  5
     1/2  Ruminant Husbandry  Mandatory  10
     Agricultural Business Management Mandatory  10
     Soil & Plant Science Mandatory  5
     Alternative Farm Enterprises Mandatory  5
     2/3  Agriculture & Environmental Impact  Mandatory  10
     Grassland & Crop Production Mandatory  10
     Work placement & Farm Health Safety Mandatory  5
     Beef & dairy Production Systems Mandatory  5
     2/4  Work Placement 12 weeks Mandatory  30
     3/5  Animal Science Elective  10
     Ecology & Ecosystems  Elective  10
     Agricultural Marketing & Accounts  Elective  5
     Advanced Soil Science  Mandatory  5
     Sheeps, Pigs & Poultry Mandatory  5
     Research Skills Mandatory  5
     3/6  Agricultural & Food Technology Mandatory  5
     Farm Waste & Environmental Science Mandatory  5
     Advanced Crop Production Mandatory  10
     Literature Project Mandatory  5
    Year 4 Animal & Crop Production Honours Degree Specialism
    No of credits
     4/1  Agricultural Business & Economics  Mandatory  10
     Animal Welfare Mandatory  10
     Crop Science & Mechanisation  Mandatory  5
     Research Project Design Mandatory  5
     4/2  Sustainable Agriculture   Mandatory  10
     Animal Health, Reproduction & Genetics Mandatory  10
     Research Project  Mandatory  10
    Year 4 Environmental Management Honours Degree Specialism
    No of credits
     4/1  Agricultural Business & Economics  Mandatory  10
     Environmental Science Mandatory  10
     Organic Farming   Mandatory  5
     Research Project Design Mandatory  5
     4/2  Sustainable Agriculture   Mandatory  10
     Climate Change & Agriculture  Mandatory  10
     Research Project  Mandatory  10
    Career Opportunities
    Successful graduates find themselves working in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture
    • Agri-food
    • Government Agencies
    Graduate careers typically include:
    • Farm Manager
    • Agricultural Research Assistant
    • Agricultural Sales
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Upon completion of studies graduates can proceed to Masters Degree study at other Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    • Contact: Dr. Joanne Gallagher, Head of Department of Science, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    • E- Mail: joanne.gallagher@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6317

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