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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Spoilt for choice at UCD

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

University College Dublin (UCD) offers a comprehensive list of agriculture and food courses within its Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree (BAgrSc) option, including animal science, forestry and engineering technology.

However, for those bewildered by choice, UCD students can postpone specifying their area of interest until they reach the second year.

If you are not yet certain which area of agriculture you want to study, you can apply for course code DN250 on the CAO form. Once you are offered a place on the DN250 course, you are guaranteed a place in any of the five speciality areas in the second year.

If, on the other hand, you know which of the five areas you would like to study, you can apply for them individually.


The options are: agri-environmental science; animal and crop production; animal science; engineering technology and food and agri-business management.

The minimum points requirement for DN250 was 445 and the average points achieved by students who accepted places on the course was 485 points.

Other courses on offer at UCD include Animal Science Equine (DN251), which had a minimum points requirement of 440 points in 2012, and Dairy Business (DN252), which had a minimum points level of 430.

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Food Science (DN261) had a minimum points requirement of 455, while Human Nutrition (DN262) had a minimum points score of 525.

Students applying for Forestry (DN271) needed at least 350 points to secure a place, while those applying for Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management (DN272) needed at least 335 points.

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