Bachelor of Science in Agri-food Science

The BSc in Agri-Food Science (Level 7 programme) has been developed in response to the recent increased demand for graduates with an integrated skillset in the Agri-Food sector in Ireland.

The Agri-Food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and it currently provides direct employment for approximately 170,000 people. An additional 23,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the sector by the year 2025. This multi-billion euro industry is anticipated to continue to grow substantially during the coming decade based on the goals by the Irish Government in the strategic plans Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025.

The export of food from Ireland to more than 170 countries worldwide (at a value of over 10 billion euros) has increased significantly in recent years in response to a greater global demand for food. The export market for Irish food is expected to remain strong in the long-term as the world population will continue to grow during the coming decades.

The BSc in Agri-Food Science focuses on the production of safe, nutritious and high quality food in an environmentally sensitive manner across the entire food chain. Core components of the course include: the study of the scientific properties of food; the analysis of the composition of food; food safety and quality; food processing technologies; quality assurance in food production; and food legislation and policy. The course also includes modules on the primary production (farming) of food and the protection of the environment to support sustainability in the sector. In order to help prepare graduates further for employment, they will: develop essential laboratory-based analytical skills; learn about people management in the workplace; and understand the importance of health and safety at work. The marketing and sale of food forms an integral part of the Agri-Food sector and is included in the course.

A six-month industrial placement is included in the third year of the course where students will gain important experience while working with an Agri-Food organisation. This will help prepare students for the workplace and enhance their knowledge/practical skills.

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

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A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course.

Career Opportunities

The Agri-Food sector offers skilled graduates a wide range of job prospects at national and international level. Agri-Food Scientists are employed in the food and drink manufacturing sector, government departments, research institutions, food consultancies and educational institutes, for example.

Graduates are typically employed in the areas of: food analysis (for quality assurance purposes); the regulation of food quality and safety; food processing technologies; and the sales and marketing of food.

What are my further study opportunities?

Students on the BSc in Agri-Food Science (Level 7) may progress onto the BSc (Hons) in Agri-Food Science subject to satisfactory performance.

What subjects will I study?

Did you know?


The Agri-Food sector in Ireland is expected to undergo substantial growth within the next decade.

The Irish Agri-Food sector exports to 170 different countries.

Around 170,000 people in Ireland are directly employed in the Agri-Food sector.

In 2015, the turnover in the Agri-Food sector in Ireland was 26 billion euros.

Ireland produces enough dairy products to feed over 52 million people each year.



Who do I contact?

Contact Number: 071-9318510