Course Overview

The agrifood sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry employing over 150,000 people, involving over 600 leading companies, and generating an annual output of over €24 billion. Globally, food and agriculture (agrifood) is an US$8 trillion industry, responsible for feeding the planet and employing 40% of the global workforce. To meet demand for food, feed, fibre and other agri-derived products, our agriculture and food systems need to transition towards more sustainable models. This will require a focus on sustainability combined with technological, institutional, business and social innovations that can produce more agriproducts on the same footprint of land, while also reducing resource demands and the environmental footprint of agriculture. The NUI Galway master's degree in AgriFood Sustainability & Technology generates graduates with the interdisciplinary skills to respond to such challenges and opportunities both in Ireland, and in other leading agrifood nations worldwide. The programme is run in collaboration with Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Authority (Teagasc) and other leading agrifood partners from Ireland and internationally. The programme provides a strong enabling platform for students to develop careers in the agrifood sector in Ireland and globally.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Professor Charles Spillane
  • Dr Peter McKeown
  • Dr Galina Brychkova
  • Dr Brendan Allen

and other members of the multidisciplinary Plant & AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) of the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway. 


Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Proof of identity, English language qualification if applicable, academic transcripts, an academic recommendation, Personal Statement (max. 600 words), two-page CV.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

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Course Outline

The MSc (AgriFood Sustainability & Technology) is a highly innovative one-year taught postgraduate programme, which begins in September each year. Semester 1 is comprised of the following taught modules: (a) PAB5117: Understanding Ireland’s Agriculture & AgriFood Sector; (b) PAB5115: AgriFood Sustainability & Agri-Resilience Challenges; (c) PAB5116: Understanding AgriBusiness & AgriFood Market Trends; (d) PAB5114: AgriFood Career, Communication & Impact Pathway Skills; (e) PAB5122: Food Systems, Diets, Nutrition & Technology; (f) PAB5125: One Health; and (g) PAB5123: Designing and Writing a Sustainability Research Fellowship Proposal. In Semester I students will also take the (h) PAB5121 module: Writing a Review Article on a Sustainable Development Topic, which will span into Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will take the following modules: (i) PAB5126: AgriEngineering, Agritech & AgriInformatics, (j) PAB5127: Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing; (k) PAB5128: Data Analysis for Sustainability Research.

To complete 60 ECTs of taught modules, students can select one of the two optional modules: (l) PAB5129: Writing and Publishing a Peer-Reviewed Sustainability Research Article (Semester 2) or (m) BI5108: Green Lab Principles and Practice (Semester 1 &2). During Semester 2 and until the end of the program each student will conduct a minor research project on “Agrifood Sustainability & Technology” (PAB5124 module) which will be co-supervised by expert members of the MSc (AgriFood Sustainability & Technology) programme committee along with experts from partner research groups in the NUI Galway Plant & AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC), Ryan Institute, or from external partner organisations and companies in Ireland (e.g., Teagasc) and globally. Students will be assessed by a combination of written exams and continuous assessment.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MSc (AgriFood Sustainability & Technology) will fill a critical skills gap in the workplace for graduates who have the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills regarding agrifood sustainability and innovation to drive positive change in the agrifood sector in Ireland and globally. Graduates will be provided with significant career training throughout the program so that they will be highly competitive for positions in leading-edge agrifood companies and public sector organisations (e.g., government agencies, regulatory bodies, etc) in Ireland and globally. Graduates who are interested in establishing their own enterprises or companies will also be facilitated by the MSc (AgriFood Sustainability & Technology) programme.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,606 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€7,466 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€23,666 p.a. 2021/22

Find out More

For all communications regarding the MSc (AgriFood Sustainability & Technology) contact:

Professor Charles Spillane, Programme Director of MSc (AgriFood Sustainability & Technology).


Dr Galina Brychkova, Programme Coordinator of MSc (AgriFood Sustainability & Technology).