UCC Undergraduate courses

Agricultural Science

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Agricultural Science

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BAgrSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Maths and a Lab science subject are required. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2021: 506

  • CAO Points Range

    2021: 506-625

Course Outline

This programme enables students to comprehend social and economic agricultural and food developments in a global context by focussing on the functioning and operation of Irish farm-orientated systems.  There is a large emphasis on the placement module which provides students with the opportunity to apply the academic knowledge to specific work practices.  Students will learn about the application of aspects of environmental, chemical and biological sciences to the study of farmland and livestock in a sustainable practice.  They will apply scientific methods and techniques in the examination of the farmland environment and in the health and welfare of livestock, appropriate methods, and design programmes, for best agricultural practice assessment. 

UCC also has a number of unique selling points regarding offering Agricultural Science – these include its accessible and central location in the heartland of the dairy industry, its expertise in food science, plant science and sustainability and its collaborative relationship with Teagasc, with particular strength being UCC’s proximity to Moorepark Teagasc Food Research Centre.


All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Modules

  • AG1001 Introduction to Agriculture (10 credits)
  • BC1001 Introduction to Biochemistry and the Biological Basis of Disease
  • BL1002 Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution
  • BL1004 Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals
  • CM1202 Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry for Agricultural Sciences (10 credits)
  • FE1019 Introduction to Food and Agricultural Economics
  • FE1030 Introduction to International Food Policy
  • FS2005 Principles of Food Science & Technology
  • MA1001 Calculus for Science Part I 
  • PY1109 Physics for Agriculture & Environmental  Science

Year 2 Modules

  • BC2001 Biomolecules 
  • BC2002 Principles of Metabolic Pathways
  • ST2001 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • BL2001 Plant and Animal Genetics
  • MB1001 Introduction to Food & Industrial Microbiology
  • PL1012 Fundamentals of Physiology 
  • NT2023 Animal Nutrition 
  • EV1002 The Environment 
  • FE2011 Introduction to Agri-Business Management 
  • PS2002 Ecological Plant Physiology
  • PS2003 Plant Identification 
  • AG2001 Agriculture II (Sustainable Food Production) 

Year 3 Modules

  • GN3003 Population and Evolution Genetics
  • AG3004 Grass and Forage Production (including Breeding) 
  • FS3201 Milk Production and Quality for Processing
  • ST3910 Design of Experiments for Agriculture and Animal Scientists
  • AG3002 Soil Science and Soil/Land Management 
  • AG3003 Growth & Lactation Physiology
  • FS3010 Food Science & Technology of Food Systems A 
  • FE2009 Production Economics
  • AG3001 Internship (Work Placement) (20 Credits)

Student will undertake a 28-week period of Work Placement (AG3001), commencing in February, in Semesters 2 & 3 of the Third Year.  This 20-credit placement will also encompass preparation, Health & Safety training and spray certification. 

Year 4 Modules

  • AG4007 Bovine Health, Behaviour and Welfare 
  • AG4002 Bovine Breeding (including Genomics)
  • AG4003 Animal Nutrition II (including feed conservation)
  • AG4004 Grassland Management 
  • AG4005 Farm infrastructure Design and Farm Mechanisation 
  • AG4006 Production Systems, Analysis and Management
  • AG4001 Final Year Research Project
  • AG4008 Business Structures, Career Progression & HR Management on Farms
  • AG4009 Bovine Reproduction & Fertility Management
  • AG4010 Communication, Innovation & Innovation support on Farms 
  • FE4002 Global Food Policy
  • PS4021 Sustainable Plant Pest and Disease Management

The Fourth Science Research Project must be passed for the award of a BAgrSc (Hons) Degree.

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019 and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/20.

Course Practicalities

Up to 30% of the programme will be delivered by Teagasc on-site at Moorepark, Fermoy where students will be able to avail of specialist expertise and hands-on/practical elements of this programme.  Where practicable, these modules in ‘block’ (eg one day per week in first instance) and transportation will be provided from UCC.  The third year placement will take on farms mostly throughout the Munster region. Students must be in possession of a valid driving licence prior to commencing their placement in year 3 of the programme.

Why Choose This Course

This course is offered by University College Cork in partnership with Teagasc which is Ireland’s national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. This will ensure students get a truly applied experience of applying scientific knowledge in a practical setting.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Placement forms a significant component of this programme and accounts for one third of the overall third year workload. Study abroad opportunities are not built into the current proposal but would be desirable in the future with some key international institutions who have comparable expertise in the area.

Skills and Careers Information

Students will be highly employable in the agri-food sector on completion of this programme. Postgraduate opportunities are also possible for those wishing to pursue further studies.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. 

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Lab Science




O6/H7 or H4*

O6/H7 or H4*

H4 in either a Lab Science subject, Maths or Applied Maths or Computer Science

If the H4 is in Maths, Applied Maths or Computer Science an 06/H7 in a Lab Science subject is also required.

Mature students:
  Applicants should apply directly to the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Applicants must have studied a Laboratory Science subject at second-level or QQI/FETAC level or demonstrate involvement in Science related areas. Approximately two places are available on this course for mature students.

FETAC requirements

FETAC requirements can be found here

International Students should visit the International Education website.

Students will need to hold a valid driving licence prior to commencing their placement in year 3.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Travel costs for day field trips and site visits will be covered but travel costs to placement sites (year 3) are not covered.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact